Participant’s Number _________ ESSAY RUBRIC Core Points Proficient Distinction Thesis (7) Clearly & concisely developed and discussed

in intro (7) Extremely well developed in subarea organization and presentatio n (7) Effectively supports thesis with numerous examples and reasons. Contains few, if any, errors of fact/historic al data (36)

Judge’s Number _________

Core Points Above Proficient Welldeveloped and discussed in intro (6) Welldeveloped in subarea organization and presentatio n (6) Supports thesis with many examples and demonstrat es the complexity of history. Some errors of fact which don’t detract from thesis relevance (31) Supports thesis by linking many examples to the central argument of thesis (17)

Core Points Proficient Adequatel y developed and discussed in intro (5) Adequatel y organized and presented into subareas (5) Adequatel y supports thesis with examples and reasons and demonstra tes complexity of history. Some errors of fact (25) Adequatel y supports thesis by linking some examples to central argument of thesis (15) (8) Presents a conclusion but vague significanc e (3) Adequatel y uses

Core Points Below Proficient Partially developed and discussed in intro (4) Partially organized or somewhat disorganized in regards to subareas (4) Partially supports thesis with examples and reasons and demonstrate s the complexity of history. Major errors of fact (19)

Core Points Significantl y Below Proficient Poorly developed and discussed in intro (2) Poorly organized in presentatio n (2)

Above Core Points (1-6)

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Organizati on (7)

Informatio n& Accuracy (36)

Poorly supports thesis with examples and reasons and/or has significant errors of fact/historic al data (10)

Analysis (20)

Judge’s Discretion (18) Conclusion (5)

Effectively supports thesis clearly linking each example to the central argument of the thesis (20) (18) Presents a clear conclusion and a strong significance (5) Uses clear, grammatical

Partially supports thesis by linking a few examples to the central argument of the thesis (13) (6) Presents a vague conclusion and but significance (2) Awkwardnes s in prose

Does not clearly link historical examples to central argument to thesis (7)

(14) Presents a clear conclusion and some form of significance (4) Predominan tly uses

(3) Presents a vague conclusion and no significance (1) Awkwardne ss in prose

Grammar/ MLA

Format (7)

ly correct prose, MLA format; any errors do not distract from readability (7)

clear, grammatica lly correct prose and MLA format; few minor errors do not detract from readability (6) -------------------

grammatic ally correct prose and MLA format; minor errors detract from readability (5) ----------------

and errors in MLA format; grammatical errors detract from readability (4)

and errors in MLA format; grammatica l errors significantly detract from readability (2) --------------------------

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Judge’s Discretion could include overall impression, creativity/originality, attention to the rules, etc.

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