Appendix D: Rubrics

Rubric for Evaluating Essays

A 5 essay (90-100) must meet all of the criteria listed below:

  1. It is well organized.
  2. It is well developed.
  3. It clearly and appropriately addresses a specific audience.
  4. It demonstrates sentence variety, clarity, and appropriate word choice.
  5. It is virtually free from errors in mechanics, usage, and sentence formation.
  6. It fulfills the conditions of the assignment.

A 4 essay (80-89) must meet all of the criteria listed below:

  1. It is generally well organized.
  2. It develops the main idea(s).
  3. It exhibits an awareness of the audience and the kind of writing appropriate for that audience.
  4. It demonstrates some sentence variety.
  5. It is generally free from errors in mechanics, usage, and sentence formation.
  6. It fulfills the conditions of the assignment.

A 3 essay (70-79) must meet all of the criteria listed below:

  1. It is adequately organized.
  2. It develops the main idea(s).
  3. It displays some awareness of the audience and the kind of writing appropriate for that audience.
  4. It may display some errors in mechanics, usage, and sentence formation but not a consistent pattern of such errors.
  5. It fulfills the conditions of the assignment.

A 2 essay (60-69) exhibits one of the following weaknesses:

  1. It exhibits weaknesses in organization.
  2. It does not develop the key idea(s).
  3. It reveals that the writer is unaware of the kind of writing appropriate for the audience.
  4. It reveals a pattern of errors in mechanics, usage, and sentence formation.
  5. It does not fulfill the conditions of the assignment.

A 1 essay (0-59) is seriously marred by a lack of organization and development and exhibits a pattern or accumulation of errors, suggesting that the writer does not have control over the conventions of standard written English. It may also contain plagiarism.

A zero (0) essay is one that contains plagiarism or is never turned in.

*Grading takes place only on the FINAL DRAFT of your essay

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