Formal Essay Rubric

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Essay Rubrics

Over the course of the school year, we will use a variety of rubrics to evaluate papers.  Here is a sample.....

Assessment Criteria: Standards and Criteria for Essay Evaluation

Standards Criteria
Areas of Assessment A B C D
Format __includes typed final, prewrite or outline, marked draft, & Works Cited in prescribed format __includes typed  final,  prewrite or outline, marked draft, & Works Cited - some (minor) errors in prescribed format __includes typed  final, prewrite/ outline, draft, & Works Cited, but insufficient editing of draft; several errors in prescribed format __ missing prewrite/outline, draft or Works Cited; insufficient editing of draft or outline; numerous errors in format
Understanding of literature/ texts __ writing shows unusual insight understanding __writing shows strong, clear understanding __writing shows adequate understanding but may be too general or superficial __writing shows little or no understanding of text
Idea Development __ presents fresh thesis in an original manner while displaying unusual insight __  presents an effective thesis and  development using a consistent, careful manner incorporating   examples __ presents a clearly defined thesis, but the development  is too general or may not be marked by independent thought __ poorly defined or inconsistent development of  thesis that displays little insight
Text Support __more than adequate/correct MLA format; smooth embedding __adequate/some errors in MLA format; generally smooth embedding __inadequate/several errors in MLA format; some faulty embedding __inadequate/numerous errors in MLA format; ineffective embedding
Organizational Pattern __ strong, interesting; clear beg/middle/end; strong thesis that is marked on draft __ organized; clear beg/middle/end; clear thesis that is marked on draft __ somewhat organized; attempt at beg/middle/end; thesis is weak or unclear - not marked on draft __ no attempt at organization; lacks clear beg/middle/ end; thesis lacking or inappropriate - not marked on draft
Word Choice _ fresh/vigorous; contributes to "voice" __ very limited use of 1st and 2nd person & "to be" verbs __vivid/interesting; attempt to establish "voice" __ limited use of 1st and 2nd person & "to be" verbs __ appropriate but not specific or vivid; weak "voice" __ weak attempt to limit use of 1st and 2nd person & "to be" verbs __ simple/vague; appears to lack "voice" _excessive use of 1st and 2nd person & "to be" verbs
Sentence Structure __ correct/varied __ correct, but lacks variety __ sometimes incorrect & lacks variety __ frequent errors & lacks variety
Transitional Devices __smooth & effective; marked on draft __ somewhat smooth & generally effective; most marked on draft __ many not smooth & some errors in usage; many not marked on draft __ not used &/or frequent errors in usage; many not marked on draft
Language Mechanics __ very few (if any) errors; very well proofread __ few errors; generally well proofread __ several errors; requires additional proofreading  __ numerous errors; appears not to have been proofread    

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