2012.Essay.Grading.Rubric

Professor Rodgers' REVISED Essay Performance Rubric





Category

Issues







Argument

Effort and thought put into assignment/essay both in its conception and execution

 

Fulfills purpose and guidelines of assignment



 

 

Audience knows and understands something after reading the essay


 

 

Argument is presented in a logical and organized manner




 

 

Writer seeks to achieve “depth with clarity” in argument, as opposed to “just presenting a whole lot of information”



 

 

Engages audience (including the writer him/herself)

 

 

 

Structure

Has a beginning, middle, and end

 

 

 

 

 

Paragraphs are well structured, well developed and coherent

 

 

Clarity

what is said=what is meant

 

 

 

 

 

 

work is clear and easy to understand

 

 

 

 

Revision

Essay has gone through FULL revision process

 

 

 

 

 

Structural

"stuff has been added and moved around"


 

 

Line Editing

"every sentence and word makes sense"/

"I have said everything as clearly as I can"

 

Proofreading

"there are no typos" and dialect use is consistent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Some Common Sentence Clarity Issues  in Standard Written English (SWE)

Sentence Integrity 


Punctuation


Fragments

frag

 Periods

.

Run-Ons

ro

Commas

,

Comma Splices

cs

Apostrophes

'

Fused Sentences

fused

Semicolons

;

Tangled Sentences

tangle

 Colons

:

Shifts in point of view or tense

shift

Quotation Marks

"

Modifier/Clause  issues

clause



Syntax/other issues

said≠meant

Argument


Diction/Word Choice

Argument is original and reflects an engagement with the language and content of the assignment

Verb issues

verb

 

Thesis is well constructed and "sized" correctly, i.e., not too vague or too specific

Dropped endings

end

Thesis is well constructed to reflect the organization of paper

Faulty Parallelism

make parallel

Thesis reflects the argument presented in the paper

Pronoun issues

pr

Argument and sentences are logical

Word Choice:  Ambiguous  or incorrect /wrong word

wc/ww

Argument is well represented and reader is able to easily follow points being made

Articles

art

Essay includes a fair, plausible, and careful reading of the text

Writing About Texts


Essay is analytical and focused on text, summarizing, when used, is for purpose of argument

MLA Guidelines: authors/titles

see MLA

Evidence cited is relevant to point being made and is well integrated and introduced into paper; no “dropped quotes”

Tense issues (use present tense)

tense

Generalities avoided

Textual Citations

see MLA



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professor Rodgers

Essay Grading Guidelines

 

Essay Grading Rubric

 

1. Argument  (40)

 

         Argument is original and reflects an engagement with the purpose and guidelines of the

         assignment.  Argument is well represented and reader is easily able to follow points being   

         made.  Effort has been made to engage and interest the audience

 

 

2. Structure (20)

 

         Paper has a beginning, middle and end; each section reflects the goals of the essay (10)

         Attention to paragraph structure (focus, development, length) (5)

         Topic sentences  (5)

 

 

3. Clarity of Writing (20)

 

         Sentence Integrity (10)

         Diction (5)

 

 

4. Revision (20)

 

         Structural (10)

         Line Editing (5)

         Proofreading (5)

 

Some Elements of “Good” Writing

Grading Rubric Category

Dimension of Writing

1. Having something to say and presenting it in a manner that engages, informs, and educates your audience

1. Argument

Rhetorical: Purpose, Audience, Writer

2. Formulating what you have to say according to the guidelines of the specific purpose (assignment; exam; essay; presentation; article; letter; other)

2. Structure

Structural: Introduction, Body, Conclusion

 

3. Clearly communicating what you have to say to your specific audience

3. Clarity of Writing

Literal: Paragraphs, Sentences, Words

4. Presenting your most thoughtful and thought provoking argument according to the dialect, structural, and formatting guidelines of a specific genre of writing

4. Revision

Rhetorical, Structural, Literal

 

 

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