Persuasive marking rubric
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Appropriate words or word groups
Some use of figurative language
Language choice is well matched to genre.
Confident use of figurative language
Small selection of simple connectives
Repetition of nouns or unreferenced pronouns
Cohesive devices are used correctly to support reader understanding
Meaning is clear and text flows well in a sustained piece of writing.
An extended, highly cohesive piece of writing showing continuity of ideas and tightly linked sections of text.
Simple sentences are correct
Meaning is predominantly clear.
Simple & compound sentences are correct
Most complex sentences are correct
All sentences are correct. Writing contains controlled and well-developed sentences that
express precise meaning and are consistently effective.
Punctuation is minimal and of little assistance to the reader.
Some correct punctuation across categories
Punctuation is accurate and provides precise markers to pace and control reading of the text.
Correct spelling of: most simple words, some common words
Correct spelling of: simple words, most common words, some difficult words.
Correct spelling of most words, including difficult and challenging words.
Text features specific to Persuasive
Shows basic awareness of audience expectations
Shows basic awareness of
Shows basic awareness of
Minimal evidence of persuasive structure
Text contains an introduction, a body and conclusion
Coherent, controlled and complete argument
No use of paragraphing
All paragraphs are focused on one idea or set of like ideas
Paragraphing supports argument
Paragraphs are ordered and cumulatively build argument
Ideas are very few and very simple Ideas appear unrelated
May contain ineffective or unrelated ideas
May be assertions/opinions
Ideas are generated, selected and crafted to be highly
Uses a statement or statements of personal opinion
Uses three or more instances of persuasive devices that support the
writer’s position (at least two types)
Sustained and effective use of persuasive devices
Many devices are used to persuade the reader
Details about each marking criteria
NAPLAN marking criteria
The range and precision of contextually appropriate language choices
The control of multiple threads and relationships across the text, achieved through the use of referring words, ellipsis, text connectives, substitutions and word associations
The production of grammatically correct, structurally sound and meaningful sentences
The use of correct and appropriate punctuation to aid the reading of the text
The accuracy of spelling and the difficulty of the words used
Elements specific to writing genre: Persuasive
The writer’s capacity to orient, engage and persuade the reader
The organisation of the structural components of a persuasive text (introduction, body and conclusion) into an appropriate and effective text structure
The use of a range of persuasive devices to enhance the writer’s position and persuade the reader
The segmenting of text into paragraphs that assists the reader to follow the line of argument
The selection, relevance and elaboration of ideas for a persuasive argument
Range of score points for each criterion:
Writing genre features