Organization

4

Thoughtful structure guides the reader through the text like a bright

     beacon

Provocative opening--enlightening conclusion

Smooth, well-crafted transitions give whole piece cohesion

Structure enhances reader's understanding/enjoyment of the piece

Paragraphing serves as a quiet but effective guide for the reader

3.5

Purposeful organization draws attention to key ideas

Strong lead and a conclusion that provides closure

Thoughtful transitions clearly connect ideas

Structure helps the reader track and process ideas

Paragraphed well

3

Organization works in harmony with ideas

Functional lead and conclusion

Helpful transitions often suggest connections

Structure helpful, but often predictable

Paragraphed properly

2.5

Reader must be attentive--organization is loose, or out of sync with      

     ideas

Lead and/or conclusion need work

Transitions are sometimes missing or are formulaic

Structure relies too much on formula, or necessitates re-reading

Some problems with the paragraphing

2

Hard to follow, even with effort: "A faint light in the distance"

Lead and/or conclusion missing or formulaic and only minimally helpful

Transitions often unclear or misleading

Significant re-organization needed; the reader is often baffled

Paragraphing is incomplete or misleading

1

Reader is not being guided at all: "Lights are out--the path is dark"

Starts right in and just stops (no lead or conclusion)

Transitions are missing; points might not be connected

Disjointed collection of thoughts/details--no structure

No paragraphing