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Writing Final Rubric for Cause and Effect Essay Page Layout – 15 points - Default margins 5pts - Paper is double spaced, size 12, Times New Roman font 5pts Proper MLA heading 5pts Introduction – 10 points
The intro eloquently introduces the main topic under discussion 5pts The thesis reflects both the content (main points) and the structure (the order in which the main points are made) of the essay 5pts
Body of essay – 43 points - Causal Relations – essay establishes a clear pattern of causes or effects 20 - Avoids oversimplifying and post hoc fallacy 8 - Every paragraph has a topic and concluding sentence that makes clear the exact purpose of the paragraph 6 pts - Every paragraph actually serves as a building block in logically defending the thesis and clarifying its nuances 9pts Conclusion 5 points - The paper contains an effective concluding paragraph that leaves the reader with a sense of completeness and a conviction that the point has been made. It brings the paper to a thoughtful, satisfying end rather than a mechanical summary of the obvious 5pts Style –17 points - Each sentence is clearly linked to the preceding sentence 4 pts - The paper demonstrates college-level “verbal finesse.” 7pts - The paper has an engaging “voice” that is truly the writer’s own and captivates the readers’ attention 6 pts Mechanics – 10 points - Spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure are flawless 5 pts - There are no grammatical errors 5 pts