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Preparedness Student is completely prepared Student seems pretty prepared
and has obviously rehearsed. but might have needed a
couple more rehearsals.
Speaks Clearly Speaks clearly and distinctly all Speaks clearly and distinctly all
(100-95%) the time, and (100-95%) the time, but
mispronounces no words. mispronounces one word.
Pitch Pitch was often used and it Pitch was often used but the
conveyed emotions emotion it conveyed
appropriately. sometimes did not fit the
Pauses Pauses were effectively used 2 Pauses were effectively used
or more times to improve once to improve meaning
meaning and/or dramatic and/or dramatic impact.
Enthusiasm Facial expressions and body Facial expressions and body
language generate a strong language sometimes generate
interest and enthusiasm about a strong interest and
the topic in others. enthusiasm about the topic in
Posture and Eye Stands up straight, looks Stands up straight and
Contact relaxed and confident. establishes eye contact with
Establishes eye contact with everyone in the room during
everyone in the room during the presentation.
Volume Volume is loud enough to be Volume is loud enough to be
heard by all audience members heard by all audience members
throughout the presentation. at least 90% of the time.
Attention The introductory paragraph The introductory paragraph
Grabber has a strong hook or attention has a hook or attention
grabber that is appropriate for grabber, but it is weak,
the audience. This could be a rambling or inappropriate for
strong statement, a relevant the audience.
quotation, statistic, or question
addressed to the reader.
Focus or Thesis The thesis statement names The thesis statement names
Statement the topic of the essay and the topic of the essay.
outlines the main points to be
Support for Includes 3 or more pieces of Includes 3 or more pieces of
Position evidence (facts, statistics, evidence (facts, statistics,
examples, real-life examples, real-life
experiences) that support the experiences) that support the
position statement. The writer position statement.
anticipates the reader's
concerns, biases or arguments
and has provided at least 1
Sequencing Arguments and support are Arguments and support are
provided in a logical order that provided in a fairly logical
makes it easy and interesting order that makes it reasonably
to follow the author's train of easy to follow the author's
thought. train of thought.
Transitions A variety of thoughtful Transitions show how ideas are
transitions are used. They connected, but there is little
clearly show how ideas are variety
Elements of Successfully employed the Successfully employed the
Persuasion elements of persuasion with elements of persuasion with
skill and precision. skill.
Closing The conclusion is strong and The conclusion is recognizable.
paragraph leaves the reader solidly The author's position is
understanding the writer's restated within the first two
position. Effective restatement sentences of the closing
of the position statement paragraph.
begins the closing paragraph.
Audience Demonstrates a clear Demonstrates a general
understanding of the potential understanding of the potential
reader and uses appropriate reader and uses vocabulary
vocabulary and arguments. and arguments appropriate for
Anticipates reader's questions that audience.
and provides thorough
answers appropriate for that
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The student is somewhat Student does not seem at all
prepared, but it is clear that prepared to present.
rehearsal was lacking.
Speaks clearly and distinctly Often mumbles or can not be
most ( 94-85%) of the time. understood OR mispronounces
Mispronounces no more than more than one word.
Pitch was rarely used OR the Pitch was not used to convey
emotion it conveyed often did emotion.
not fit the content.
Pauses were intentionally used Pauses were not intentionally
but were not effective in used.
improving meaning or dramatic
Facial expressions and body Very little use of facial
language are used to try to expressions or body language.
generate enthusiasm, but Did not generate much interest
seem somewhat faked. in topic being presented.
Sometimes stands up straight Slouches and/or does not look
and establishes eye contact. at people during the
Volume is loud enough to be Volume often too soft to be
heard by all audience members heard by all audience
at least 80% of the time. members.
The author has an interesting The introductory paragraph is
introductory paragraph but the not interesting AND is not
connection to the topic is not relevant to the topic.
The thesis statement outlines The thesis statement does not
some or all of the main points name the topic AND does not
to be discussed but does not preview what will be discussed.
name the topic.
Includes 2 pieces of evidence Includes 1 or fewer pieces of
(facts, statistics, examples, real- evidence (facts, statistics,
life experiences) that support examples, real-life
the position statement. experiences).
A few of the support details or Many of the support details or
arguments are not in an arguments are not in an
expected or logical order, expected or logical order,
distracting the reader and distracting the reader and
making the essay seem a little making the essay seem very
Some transitions work well, The transitions between ideas
but some connections are unclear OR nonexistent.
between ideas are fuzzy.
Employed the elements of Show some attempt to employ
persuasion. the elements of persuasion.
The author's position is There is no conclusion - the
restated within the closing paper just ends.
paragraph, but not near the
Demonstrates some It is not clear who the author is
understanding of the potential writing for.
reader and uses arguments
appropriate for that audience.