Always trying to help students organize their thoughts in writing, I created persuasive writing graphic organizers over the course of a few years. The organizer evolved in order to be more useful to students. I developed the rubric for a couple of reasons. First, it was developed to help students see what is expected in their essays and to use as a guide when writing. Secondly, it was developed to link the writing to how their writing is evaluated on the state standardized test ("Writing Process" and "Language in Use").