Rubric for a Stand Alone Paragraph - Secondary School Educators - From The Mining Company
Writer_________________________ Evaluator(s)

Writing Topic______________________________

Evaluation Date_________Per.__ Paragraph # __
Score 0, 1, or 2
Stand Alone Paragraph
Evaluation Criteria

Use this Rubric to evaluate paragraphs that are not part of a longer piece of writing.



1. The first, second or last sentence contains the main idea and key words from the question or assigned topic.
(The first sentence is usually preferable.)


2. Paragraph contains one to three explanatory sentences.


3. Paragraph contains two to four sentences about specific details.


4. Details are colorful, interesting and appropriate.


5. Paragraph ends with a good closing sentence that refers to the main idea without repeating it.


6. Paragraph contains no run ons or sentence fragments.


7. Paragraph is free of errors in agreement.

A. Subject/verb - singular or plural,

B. Prounoun selection correct - singular or plural

C. Prounoun selection correct - subject or object


8. Is free of punctuation errors.


9. Is free of spelling errors.


10. Is free of punctuation errors.


11. Handwriting is easy to read.


What are the strongest points of this paragraph?

What should the writer do to make this paragraph better?