Throughout the three week writing process, we will use the grading rubric to help provide comments about the story’s progress and ways to improve. Only section editors, leaders, the copy editor, and Mount will use the grading rubric each issue.

OPINION and EDITORIAL Rubric

Editor: X LEADERS: X Mount: X Copy Editor: X
GOAL AREAS 4  Outstanding 100-95  A+ to A 3  Strong

94-90  A to A-

2  Printable

89-80  B+ to B-

1  Weak/Missing

79-50  C+ to F

1. Headline / Deck Remarkably clever & attractive. Reflects accurate story detail. Catchy & reflects most  of story; includes verb; well crafted effort Generalized but less accurate headline… Includes verb. Misleading or unclear headline… Needs verb… Needs new approach.
2. Lead Especially captivating; original or fact dense; flows effectively into story. Good! Reader likely to read on; cleverness/5W’s/ creativity evident. Lede #2 missing. Lacking some details of story or creativity or craftsmanship. Lede #2 missing. Lead Significantly missing details at left.
3. Structure

1. SITUATION.

2. CLAIM.

3. SUPPORT.

4. COUNTERPT.

5. REASSERTION.

Excellent overall structure at left with all areas fulfilled. Superb transitions b/t grafs. Good structure with most areas fulfilled as shown at left. Simple transitions b/t grafs. Structure needs improving to include areas at left. Transitions  b/t grafs need improving. Story structure needs major overhaul for the reader and for the journalism.
4. Persuasion

1. Rhetorical ?s.

2. Emotional Appeal.

3. Research / #s.

4. COUNTERPT.

5. REASSERTION.

Excellent rhetorical techniques including questions, scenarios, appeal to emotion, appeal to logic, etc. Thesis maintained consistently thru story. Good rhetorical techniques in spots. Claim is maintained thru most of story. More rhetorical techniques need to be employed to maintain the claim. No rhetorical techniques yet appear
5. Fact Density & Research Exceptionally fact dense. Provides steady stream of #s & 5Ws in appositives, adjectives, phrasing. Good factual effort. Shows general #s / 5Ws. Provides typical stream of #s & 5Ws in appositives, adjectives, phrasing. Weaker factual effort. More research, #s, reader answers, appositives to counter generalities or holes. Unacceptable fact effort give the topic/assignment.
6. Impact on society / community Outstanding clarification that the claim impacts society / readers. Good clarification that the claim impacts society / readers. Inadequate clarification how the claim impacts society / readers. No clarification how the claim impacts society / readers.
7. Call to action

1. Agree.   2. Oppose.

3. Change policy.

4. Act.

Outstanding Good Evident but needs revising Negligible
8. Writing style + Diction    Outstanding combination of:, Newsfirst wordings. Clever wit. Literary devices. Sentence variety. Good use of some: Newsfirst wordings. Clever humor. Literary devices.. Sentence variety. Small appearance of:  Newsfirst wordings. Clever wit. Literary devices.. Sentence variety. Negligible evidence of these items.
9. AP Style/ Grammar No errors! Fewer than 3 errors. Fewer than 6 errors. More than 9 errors.

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