Malden High School Long Composition RubricCriteria
Topic and IdeaDevelopment
Writer presents aninsightful andappropriate thesis thatfully responds to the prompt (whenapplicable) anddemonstratessophisticatedunderstanding of thetopic and/ or the text.Writer presents anappropriate thesisthat fully respondsto the prompt(when applicable)and demonstratesgoodunderstanding of the topic and/or the text.Writer presents anappropriate thesisthat responds tothe prompt (whenapplicable) anddemonstrates fair understanding of the topic and/or the text.Writer presents athesis that basically respondsto the prompt(when applicable), but demonstrateslimitedunderstanding of the topic and/or the text.Writer does notrespond to the prompt and/or demonstrateslimitedunderstanding of the topic and/or the text.Writer does notrespond to the prompt anddemonstrates littleor nounderstanding of the topic and/or the text.
Writer uses careful,subtle organizationthat effectively presents his/her argument.Writer uses logicalorganization thateffectively presents his/her argument.Writer uses logicalorganization.Writer uses basicorganization.Writer uses littleorganization.Writer uses noorganization.
Writer uses carefullychosen, relevantdetails to insightfullysupport his/her argument.Writer uses strong,relevant details tosupport his/her argument.Writer usesrelevant details tosupport his/her argument.Writer uses some basic supportingdetails.Writer uses few tono supportingdetails.Writer uses nosupporting details.
Writer uses rich,effective vocabularyand a variety of sentence structures.Writer usesappropriatevocabulary andsome variety insentence structure.Writer uses somevariety invocabulary and/or sentencestructures.Writer usessimplisticvocabulary and/or sentence structure.Writer uses basicvocabulary andsentencestructures.Writer uses basicvocabulary andsentencestructures.
Standard English ConventionsCriteria
Writer demonstrates controlof sentence structure,grammar and usage andmechanicsWriter’s errors do notinterfere withcommunication. There arefew errors relative to lengthWriter’s errors interferesomewhat withcommunication. There aretoo many errors relative tolength.Writer’s errors seriouslyinterfere withcommunication. Writer haslittle control of conventions.
Score on Topic/Idea Development:____________ + Score on Standard English Conventions:____________ = __________Total