EGL 102Life& LiteratureEssay – Rubric
Thesis StatementWell-developedintroduction engages thereader and creates interest.Contains detailed background informationand a clear explanation of the topic. Thesis is evidentand clear. Introduction somewhatcreates interest andcontains backgroundinformation. Thesis issomewhat clear.Introduction adequatelyexplains the topic butmay lack detail. Thesisis unclear.Background details are a randomcollection of information, unclear, or notrelated to the topic. Thesis and/or position is vague or unclear.
Body ParagraphsEvidence and Formulating IdeasIdeasConclusionMain points are welldeveloped directly relate tothe thesis. Supportingexamples are concrete anddetailed. Conclusioneffectively wraps up andgoes beyond restating thethesis. Commentary islogical and well thoughtout. Ideas are clear andcreative.Main points are relatedto the thesis, but onemay lack details.Evidence is present.Topic sentences maylack substantialdevelopment. Someideas are creative butnot entirely supported.Conclusion effectivelysummarizes topics.Main points are present.Evidence is not clear nor is it developed.Topic sentences andformulation of ideaswith support needsdevelopment.Commentary is not present.Less than three main points, and/or poor development of ideas. Conclusion doesnot summarize main points.Commentary is not present.
StructureTransitionsLogical progression of ideas with a clear structurethat enhances the thesis.Transitions are mature andgraceful.Logical progression of ideas. Transitions are present equallythroughout essay.Organization is a bitunclear. Few transitions No discernable organization.Transitions are not present.
MECHANICS AND STYLE
Sentence flow, varietyDiction (style of writing, word choice, languageuse)Spelling, punctuation, capitalizationWriting is smooth, skillful,coherent (clear).Sentences are strong andexpressive with variedstructure. Diction isconsistent and words wellchosen. Paper flows usingtransitional phrases.Punctuation, spelling,capitalization are correct. No errors.Writing is clear andsentences have variedstructure. Diction isconsistent. Student usestransitional phrases.Paper Flows.Punctuation, spelling,capitalization aregenerally correct, withfew errors. (1-2)Writing is clear, butsentences may lack variety. Diction isappropriate. A fewerrors in punctuation,spelling, capitalization.(3-4)Writing is confusing, hard to follow.Contains fragments and/or run-onsentences. Inappropriate diction.Distracting errors in punctuation,spelling, capitalization.
FormatFollows Directions/ MLA
Ideas are logicallyintegrated into the textusing MLA format.Evidence is clear andauthor uses quotes and in-text citation. Heading is inMLA format. Pages areformatted and works cited page is present.Missing one or moreelements from proper formatting.Missing two or moreelements.Does not follow directions. Essay is notwritten in MLA format.Grade Equivalent (maximum of 15 points): A = 13 - 15 points B = 10 - 12 points C = 7 - 9 points D = 4 - 6 pointsComments: What would make this essay even better? Suggestions for further development-