|7 - 9
- Introduction moves from general to specific, shows understanding of the complexity of the topic.
- Strong thesis, clearly developed, analytical, and focused on the prompt.
- Each paragraph is properly written with a strong topic sentence that supports the thesis and with substantial relevant quotes from the work.
- Quotes are set naturally into the narrative in all paragraphs.
- Commentary analyzes and interprets and does not summarize.
- Conclusion reviews the major points of evidence and the thesis.
- Is w ritten in 3rd perdon and will contain few grammar and/or spelling errors.
|5 - 6
- Introduction may contain "empty" sentences that chatter rather than actually introduce, may be disorganized.
- Contains a thesis that is vague or unfocused, one that may not clearly address the prompt.
- Quotes from the work, but the quotes may not actually fit the point being made and may be improperly set into the narrative of the essay
- Some commentary, though analysis will be light, mostly describes or summarizes.
- Conclusion may fail to review major points of evidence and the thesis.
- Errors in sentence structure, informal voice, spelling, and/or grammar will be more serious and detract from the essay.
|2 - 4
- Introduction may be short, incomplete, or may fail to properly introduce the material.
- Thesis will be simple, may merely mention parts of the prompt without addressing it.
- Paragraphs are simple and undeveloped, lacking strong topic sentences and may be short and lacking commentary.
- Quotes are merely mentioned, are poorly chosen, or are missing.
- No analysis in body paragraphs; conclusion may be very short and incomplete.
- Will have major spelling and/or grammatical errors; may be written in 1st or 2nd person voice.
- Incompetent, inappropriate response.
- May paraphrase the prompt.
- Little understanding of the prompt.