Essay Evaluation Rubric

Directions: This rubric will be used to evaluate the final draft of your essay. The instructor will not check your essay for just grammar errors alone. He/She will look at other areas that make a good essay. You may want to ask yourself the following questions. 1. What do these words mean: Content, Organization, Language Usage, Grammar Usage, and Mechanics? 2. What makes a good essay? 3. If I don’t have any grammar errors in my essay, does that mean that I will get a good score? Student: Score Level Criteria Content 30-27 26-22 Excellent to Very Good: Knowledgeable, substantive development of thesis, relevant to assigned topic Good to Average: sure knowledge of subject, adequate range, limited development of thesis, mostly relevant to topic, but lacks detail Fair: limited knowledge of subject, little substance, inadequate development of topic Needs Much Improvement: does not show knowledge of subject, not many details, not relevant to assigned topic OR not enough to evaluate. Organization 20-18 Excellent to Very Good: fluent expression, ideas clearly stated/supported, succinct, well-organized, logical sequencing, cohesive Good to Average: somewhat choppy, loosely organized, but main ideas stand out, limited support, logical but incomplete sequencing Fair: non-fluent, ideas are confusing or Date: Comments

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prepositions. few errors of agreement. usage but meaning understood Fair: limited range. many errors. no organization OR not enough to evaluate Vocabulary and Language Use Excellent to Very Good: sophisticated range. pronouns. word order. run-ons. but meaning understood Fair: major problems in simple/complex sentences. usage. word order/function. tense. choice. word order/function. idioms. pronouns. many errors of agreement. number. little knowledge of English vocabulary. paragraphing 20-18 17-14 13-10 9-7 25-22 21-18 17-11 10-5 5 . complex sentences. lacks logical sequencing and development Needs Much Improvement: does not communicate. frequent errors of word/idiom form. prepositions and/or fragments. tense. meaning somewhat confusing or not understood Needs Much Improvement: essentially translation. ideas not understood OR not enough to evaluate Mechanics Excellent to Very Good: few errors of spelling. articles. prepositions Good to Average: effective. number. minor problems in complex constructions. meaning confused or not understood Needs Much Improvement: almost no mastery of sentence construction rules. number.9-7 disconnected. deletions. articles. choice. tense. occasional errors of word/idiom form. pronouns. capitalization. word form mastery Good to Average: adequate range. several errors of agreement. but simple sentence construction. articles. punctuation. word form OR not enough to evaluate Grammar Usage Excellent to Very Good: effective. effective word/idiom choice and usage.

meaning confused or not understood Needs Much Improvement: many errors of spelling. capitalization. paragraphing. capitalization. punctuation. OR not enough to evaluate Total Score: Instructor Comments: Rubric Adapted From: Reid. Teaching ESL Writing. typing is poor. punctuation. J. poor typing. paragraphing. punctuation. New Jersey: Prentice Hall Regents. (1993). .4 3 2 Good to Average: some errors of spelling. but meaning understood Fair: frequent errors of spelling. capitalization. paragraphing.