Crafting Cause and Effect: Essay Question and Rubric

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Directions: Write a five-paragraph essay on the question below using the rubric as a guide.

Question: Explain how George Rogers Clark’s journey to Fort Sackville and subsequent capture of the fort led to the exploration of the West by Lewis and Clark. Give three examples of cause and effect and support your answer with details and examples.

Criteria 4 3 2 1 Self Teacher
Language (including metaphor, simile, and analogy) Used precise language, domain-specific vocabulary, and literary techniques. Used mostly correct language, domain-specific vocabulary, and literary techniques. Used some correct language and domain-specific vocabulary. Used little correct language or domain-specific vocabulary.
Details Supported the topic with three detailed examples of cause and effect using relevant facts and examples. Supported the topic with three examples of cause and effect with some facts and examples. Supported the topic with two examples of cause and effect with limited facts and examples. Somewhat supported the topic with one or fewer examples of cause and effect.
Transitions Used appropriate and varied transitions and syntax to link sections, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among complex concepts. Used appropriate transitions to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among complex concepts. Used transitions to link the major sections of the text and create cohesion among concepts. Used few transitions to create cohesion and clarify complex concepts.
Style/Tone Established and maintained a formal style and objective tone while adhering to the conventions of the discipline in which written. Established and maintained a formal style and objective tone. Somewhat established and maintained a formal style and objective tone. Somewhat maintained a formal style.
Conclusion Provided a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the explanation presented. Provided a concluding statement or section that supports the explanation presented. Provided a concluding statement that somewhat supports the explanation presented. Provided a concluding statement that does not support the explanation presented.
Organization Clearly organized with the task, purpose, and audience in mind. Organized with the task, purpose, and audience in mind. Somewhat organized and understandable. Poorly organized, hard to understand.


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