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Essay Diagnostic Sheet
Name_____________________ Essay_______________ Date_________
Excellent “A” Purpose: Does the essay contain a position about the subject? The writer’s argument is clearly stated. Subject: Lucid thesis. Subject and assertion are presented in an explicit and unique statement of purpose. Organization: Organized introduction, middle, and end; overall unity of structure, topics, etc. Title used and appropriate. Development: Use of evidence, illustration, and support, originality, full treatment of topic, use of interesting detail, creativity. Audience: The essay appeals to a particular audience; target audience apparent. Above average “B” Average “C” Below average “D” Poor “F”
Topic: Topic maintained throughout the essay; no digressions or loss of focus. Style: Diction, tone, point of view, syntax, sentence structure and variety. Economy of Language: Succinctness, redundancy, wordiness, and word choice. Form of Essay: Heading, margins, page numbering, citations, and aesthetic appeal; correct MLA style and citations. Mechanics and Grammar: Spelling, punctuation, reference, agreement, etc. Effective Transitions: Utilizing paragraphs correctly, flow.
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