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[Appendix 4]

Assessment Rubric
Critical ReadingArgumentLogic and CoherenceEvidenceDirectness and SuccinctnessGrammatical, Mechanical clarity
5 The writer demonstrates superior, original insight about the text(s) under discussion.5 The essay's thesis is original, well established, and intelligently presented.5 The essay's organization (ordering of assertions) is outstandingly composed; inferences are drawn logically with superior insight; and no part of the essay is extraneous.5 The writer demonstrates a breadth of understanding of the topic through careful selection and presentation of evidence to support assertions.5 The writer chooses words and constructions with care, making statements directly and clearly.5 The essay contains no errors in sentence structure, spelling, word choice, punctuation, or documentation; the composition is elegant and complex while remaining clear.
4 The writer demonstrates original insight about the text(s) under discussion.4 The essay's thesis asserts an original argument.4 The essay's organization (ordering of assertions) is thoughtfully composed; inferences are drawn logically and interestingly; and no part of the essay is extraneous.4 The writer supports assertions with carefully selected evidence.4 The writer includes a wordy construction no more than two times throughout the essay. Most of the essay is clear and direct.4 The essay contains no more than two errors in sentence structure, spelling, word choice, punctuation, or documentation; and the composition is sophisticated.
3 The writer demonstrates an understanding of the text(s) under discussion.3 The essay has a thesis.3 The essay's organization (ordering of assertions) is clear; inferences are drawn logically; and no part of the essay is extraneous.3 The writer supports assertions with evidence.3 The writer includes three or four wordy sentences, but the overall direction of the essay is clear and direct.3 The essay contains three or four errors in sentence structure, spelling, word choice, punctuation, or documentation.
2 The writer represents the text(s) under discussion poorly.2 The essay's thesis is unclear.2 The essay's organization (ordering of assertions) is faulty; inferences are drawn illogically once or twice; or one or two parts of the essay are extraneous.2 The writer fails to support assertions with evidence once or twice.2 Five or six sentences in the essay are wordy, pretentious, or overwritten, detracting from the essay's argument.2 The essay contains five or six errors in sentence structure, spelling, word choice, punctuation, or documentation.
1 The writer fails to address the text(s) under discussion.1 The essay has no thesis.1 The essay demonstrates no sense of organization; inferences are drawn illogically three or more times; or three or more parts of the essay are extraneous.1 The writer fails to support assertions with evidence three or more times.1 Seven or more sentences in essay are wordy, pretentious, or overwritten, obscuring the essay's argument.1 The essay contains seven or more errors in sentence structure, spelling, word choice, punctuation, or documentation.

Rev. 02/04/2000

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