9-Point Essay Rubric

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.

0 -1
  • Incompetent, inappropriate response.
  • May paraphrase the prompt.
  • Little understanding of the prompt.

Point equivalents for 200 and 150 point rubrics
200 point assignment
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
150 point assignment
   
200
 
9
=
100%
A
 
150
184
 
8
=
92%
A-
 
138
172
 
7
=
86%
B
 
129
164
 
6
=
82%
B-
 
123
152
 
5
=
76%
C
 
114
144
 
4
=
72%
C-
 
108
132
 
3
=
66%
D
 
99
124
 
2
=
62%
D-
 
93
112
 
1
=
56%
F
 
84
0
 
0
=
0%
 
0