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Final Essay Rubric

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FINAL ESSAY RUBRIC                                                                                                    

 

Criterion

3 (Criterion addressed effectively)

2 (Criterion addressed)

1 (Criterion addressed ineffectively.)

WT.

PTS.

THESIS and FOCUS

Thesis is clear and thought provoking; essay stays focused on developing the thesis statement. The writer forcefully makes a point.

Thesis is clearly written, but my lack punch; essay mostly stays on task. Writer makes a point.

Thesis is either unclear or uninteresting; essay strays from intended focus. Writer’s point is uncertain or vague.

5

 

 

 

/15

ANALYSIS

Analysis shows critical thinking and synthesis, illuminating the thesis. Analysis is logical and relevant, propelling the argument forward.

Analysis shows critical thinking and synthesis, addressing the thesis. Analysis is mostly logical and relevant, contributing to the thesis.

Analysis is superficial and/or does not synthesize ideas; may be irrelevant or illogical.

10

 

 

/30

USE OF EVIDENCE

All points are reinforced with evidence; abundant evidence is valid and critical to making a claim.

Most points use valid evidence. Evidence from several valid sources used to support claims.

Evidence sparsely used; sources may be of questionable validity; essay relies on generalizations or summary.

5

 

 

/15

ORGANIZATION and FLOW

Essay is logically constructed; ideas build upon each other; transitions are effective; clear and effective opening and conclusion

Essay is logically constructed; ideas mostly build upon each other. Contains an opening, conclusion, and transitions.

Essay has lapses in logical flow or construction. While paragraphs make sense, transitions are lacking. Opening and conclusion unclear. 

5

 

 

/15

VOICE

Essay is engaging and authoritative, enticing the reader to finish.

Essay appears force or the author lacks conviction. Voice does not hinder the reader.

Voice may hinder the reader; essay sounds uninspired or boring.

5

 

 

/15

FLUENCY and WORD CHOICE

(10 Points) Sentence structure and word choice actively contribute to the essay’s meaning.

(7 Points) Sentence structure and word choice help to develop the thesis; doesn’t detract from meaning.

(3 Points) Fluency and word choice detract from meaning at times.

1

 

 

/10

* A score of 0 may be given for very little or no evidence. Deductions may be made for serious grammar or spelling errors.         Total:    _____ / 100

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