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3 INTRODUCTION Thesis Statement Well-developed introduction engages the reader and creates interest. Contains detailed background information and a clear explanation of the topic. Thesis is evident and clear. Main points are well developed directly relate to the thesis. Supporting examples are concrete and detailed. Conclusion effectively wraps up and goes beyond restating the thesis. Commentary is logical and well thought out. Ideas are clear and creative. Logical progression of ideas with a clear structure that enhances the thesis. Transitions are mature and graceful. Writing is smooth, skillful, coherent (clear). Sentences are strong and expressive with varied structure. Diction is consistent and words well chosen. Paper flows using transitional phrases. Punctuation, spelling, capitalization are correct. No errors. 2 Introduction somewhat creates interest and contains background information. Thesis is somewhat clear. 1 Introduction adequately explains the topic but may lack detail. Thesis is unclear. 0 Background details are a random collection of information, unclear, or not related to the topic. Thesis and/or position is vague or unclear.
MAIN POINTS Body Paragraphs Evidence and Formulating Ideas Ideas Conclusion
Main points are related to the thesis, but one may lack details. Evidence is present. Topic sentences may lack substantial development. Some ideas are creative but not entirely supported. Conclusion effectively summarizes topics. Logical progression of ideas. Transitions are present equally throughout essay. Writing is clear and sentences have varied structure. Diction is consistent. Student uses transitional phrases. Paper Flows. Punctuation, spelling, capitalization are generally correct, with few errors. (1-2)
Main points are present. Evidence is not clear nor is it developed. Topic sentences and formulation of ideas with support needs development. Commentary is not present.
Less than three main points, and/or poor development of ideas. Conclusion does not summarize main points. Commentary is not present.
ORGANIZATION Structure Transitions
Organization is a bit No discernable organization. unclear. Few transitions Transitions are not present.
MECHANICS AND STYLE Sentence flow, variety Diction (style of writing, word choice, language use) Spelling, punctuation, capitalization
Writing is clear, but sentences may lack variety. Diction is appropriate. A few errors in punctuation, spelling, capitalization. (3-4)
Writing is confusing, hard to follow. Contains fragments and/or run-on sentences. Inappropriate diction. Distracting errors in punctuation, spelling, capitalization.
Format Follows Directions/ MLA
Ideas are logically Missing one or more integrated into the text elements from proper using MLA format. formatting. Evidence is clear and author uses quotes and intext citation. Heading is in MLA format. Pages are formatted and works cited page is present.
Missing two or more elements.
Does not follow directions. Essay is not written in MLA format.
Grade Equivalent (maximum of 15 points): A = 13 - 15 points B = 10 - 12 points C = 7 - 9 points D = 4 - 6 points Comments: What would make this essay even better? Suggestions for further development-