|Reader has difficulty identifying or following the writer’s ideas.||Reader occasionally has difficulty understanding or following the writer’s ideas.||Reader understands writer’s ideas.||Reader understands and easily follows the writer’s expression of ideas.|
|Response to the Prompt||Attempts to address prompt but with little or no success in establishing a focus.||Addresses the prompt, though the focus may shift.||Uses the writing prompt to establish a main idea.||Presents a clearly focused main idea that addresses the prompt.|
|Organization||Fails to organize ideas.||Shows some evidence of an organizational plan.||Uses an identifiable organizational plan.||Establishes a clear and logical organization.|
|Development and Details||Demonstrates little or no development; usually lacks details or examples or presents irrelevant information.||Has some development but lacks specific details; may be limited to a listing, repetitions, or generalizations.||Has focused but occasionally uneven development; incorporates some specific detail.||Achieves coherent development with specific and relevant details and examples.|
|Conventions of EAE||Exhibits minimal or no control of sentence structure and the conventions of EAE (Edited American English).||Demonstrates inconsistent control of sentence structure and the conventions of EAE.||Generally controls sentence structure and the conventions of EAE.||Consistently controls sentence structure and the conventions of EAE.
|Word Choice||Exhibits weak and/or inappropriate words.||Exhibits a narrow range of word choice, often including inappropriate selections.||Exhibits appropriate word choice.||Exhibits varied and precise word choice.