The criteria could be the following: flow, voice, writing conventions, organization, word choice, etc.
Require them to use at least two direct quotes as evidence, with citations. I honestly feel like I should write a formal apology to my first group of students. Then we will use those articles and our own reasons and experiences to craft a persuasive argument.
You can read how I used one mentor text during my persuasive writing unit by clicking here. The best part is that the stems give the students much needed confidence in their writing. Remember how I said I did mostly lean-in conferences in the above section? Elementary students may be working on the basic paragraph.
While I am completing my lean-conferences, I jot down notes of struggles and strengths.
We create an anchor chart together and then I give the students a printable copy of the chart that is already made or that I make after the fact.