• In-Class Essay Holistic Scoring Rubric

    Essay Grade

    Essay Characteristic

    A or 6 (90%-99%) 18-19-20

     

    An “A” essay is OUTSTANDING

     

    An essay of this caliber demonstrates a high degree of proficiency in response to the assignment but may have a few minor errors.  It demonstrates a clear and consistent mastery of the literature.        

     

    Answers the specific central question that was asked

    Shows a thorough understanding of the theme or question

    Addresses all aspects of the task

    Incorporates pertinent and detailed information from both class discussion and assigned readings (whenever applicable), providing needed evidence.

    Shows an ability to analyze, evaluate, compare, and/or contrast issues and events

    Richly supports response with relevant facts, examples, and details

    Presents all information clearly and concisely and in an organized manner

    Maintains focus/avoids being sidetracked by tangents

    Consistently demonstrates a logical and clear plan of organization

    Demonstrates control of conventions w/ essentially no errors

     

    B or 4.8 (80-89%)     16-17

     

    A “B” essay is STRONG.

     

    An essay of this caliber demonstrates clear proficiency in response to the assignment and may have minor errors.  It demonstrates reasonable and consistent mastery of the literature

     

     

    Answers the specific central question asked, but not as well as an “A” essay

    Shows a good understanding of the theme or question

    Addresses all or almost all aspects of the task

    Incorporates some information from class discussion and assigned readings, providing some necessary evidence, but less thoroughly and/or relevantly than an “A” essay

    Shows an ability to analyze, evaluate, compare, and /or contrast issues and events

    Includes relevant facts, examples, and details, but may not support all aspects of the task evenly

    Presents information fairly clearly and concisely, but may have minor organizational problems

    Usually maintains focus, but may occasionally digress from the specific topic

    Generally demonstrates a logical and clear plan of organization

    Demonstrates control of conventions w/ few errors

     

    C or 4.2 (70-79%)   14-15

     

    A “C” essay is COMPETENT.

     

    An essay of this caliber demonstrates proficiency in response to the assignment.  It demonstrates adequate mastery of the literature.

     

     

    Addresses the specific central questions asked in part, but does not relate directly to the question or does not address all required elements

    Presents a basic understanding of the theme or problem

    Addresses most aspects of the task, but in a limited way

    Does not adequately incorporate information from class discussion and assigned reading and may rely on unsupported statements and/or generalities

    Shows an ability to analyze or evaluate issues and events, but not in any depth

    Includes some facts, examples, and details

    Presents information in a manner that is sometimes unclear, and /or has significant organizational problems

    Sometimes strays from the specific topic (more often than a “B” essay)

    Demonstrates a very basic general plan of organization, may have some organizational flaws

    Demonstrates control of conventions w/ errors that do not significantly inhibit communication

     

    D or 3.6  (60-69%)    12-13

     

    A “D” essay is LIMITED.

     

    An essay of this caliber demonstrates some degree of proficiency in response to the assignment, but it is clearly flawed.  It demonstrates developing mastery for the literature.

     

     

    Does not directly answer the specific central question asked

    Shows a limited understanding of the theme or problem

    Attempts to address the task

    Does not incorporate information from class discussion and assigned readings, or does so minimally and or irrelevantly

    Includes few facts, examples, and details, and may include information that contains inaccuracies

    Develops a faulty analysis or evaluation of issues and events

    Has a significant problem with clarity, concision, and organization, making the information presented difficult for the reader to understand

    Substantially digresses from the specific topic

    Has minimal organization or lacks focus

    Demonstrates frequent errors in conventions that occasionally inhibit communication

     

    F or 1-2-3  (50% and below)

     

    An “F” essay is FLAWED or DEFICIENT.

    An essay of this caliber demonstrates fundamental deficiencies in wiring skills as well as serious and persistent writing errors that renders the essay incoherent or is undeveloped.  It demonstrates a limited proficiency in resp9onse to the assignment and the assigned literature.

     

    Does not directly answer the specific central question asked in any way

    Shows a poor understanding of the theme or problem

    Attempts to complete the task, but demonstrates a major weakness in doing so

    Provides no information that can be understood or related to the specific topic

    Does not incorporate information from pertinent class discussion and /or assigned readings

    Has little or no accurate or relevant facts, details, or examples’

    May lack any recognizable organization

    Lacks analysis or evaluation of the issues and events; response is mostly a summary

    Has an illogical or unclear organization, or lacks focus

    Demonstrates frequent errors in conventions that inhibit communication

    May contain enough distracting grammar/spelling etc. problems to make it incomprehensible

    Final Grade:         

     

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