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ITCHES TO SCRATCH ESSAY RUBRIC


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There is no I voice or There is rarely an I voice Sometimes there is an I There is an I voice with There is a strong I voice
opinion. There are no facts with hardly any opinions. voice with a few opinions. some opinions. There is an who has a definite opinion
or opinions, and/or There are hardly any facts There is an unbalance of average balance of and wants to convince
opinions have no or opinions, and opinions opinions and facts, and opinions and facts, most readers. There is a good
supporting facts. There is are rarely supported with many opinions are not opinions are supported balance of opinions and
no problem or solution facts. There is not a clear supported with facts. There with facts. Problems and facts, and the facts are used
Topic presented. problem or solution. are some problems but few some solutions are as evidence to support the
solutions presented. presented. opinions. Problems and
practical solutions are
presented.

The essay does not contain The essay contains one The essay contains two The essay contains three The essay contains more
any specific sources that source that is used in the sources that are used in the sources that are used in the than three sources that are
are used in the actual essay actual essay in the form of actual essay in the form of actual essay in the form of used in the actual essay in
in the form of concrete concrete details, facts, concrete details, facts, concrete details, facts, the form of concrete
details, facts, specifics, specifics, data, etc. And/or specifics, data, etc. And/or specifics, data, etc. Each details, facts, specifics,
data, etc. And/or there is sources are not correctly sources are not correctly source is correctly listed on data, etc. Each source is
Sources no references page. listed on the references listed on the references the references page. correctly listed on the
page. page. references page.

The essay has no obvious The essay does not follow The essay somewhat The essay mostly follows The essay follows one of
CRITERIA

lead or conclusion. The one of the leads and follows one of the leads one of the leads and the leads and conclusions
reader is unsure of the conclusions options. The and conclusions options. conclusions options. The options. The lead
topic until well into the lead is uninteresting, The lead is somewhat lead is interesting, and the powerfully hooks the
essay. and/or the conclusion is interesting, and the conclusion is obvious. One reader in, and the
Lead and unclear. Neither make the conclusion somewhat ends makes the reader think and conclusion wraps it up
Conclusion reader think or feel the topic. Neither make the feel something new about well. Both make the reader
anything about the topic. reader think or feel the topic. think and feel something
something new about the new about the topic.
topic.

The essay shows no The essay does not follow The essay somewhat The essay mostly follows The essay exactly follows
organization. The flow one of the organization follows one of the one of the organization one of the organization
does not make sense and is options. The flow is organization options. The options. The flow is mostly options. Everything flows
difficult to follow. There choppy and illogical. There flow is somewhat natural natural and logical. There naturally with smooth
are no transitions. The are very few transitions. and logical. There are few are some transitions transitions and a logical
reader is confused by the transitions. order.
Organization order.

There are more than six There are five or six There are three or four There are one or two There are zero mechanical
mechanical errors per half mechanical errors per half mechanical errors per half mechanical errors per half errors per half page.
page. page. page. page.

Mechanics
Spelling, Capitalization,
Punctuation, Usage,
Beginnings, Format, etc.

Points Possible 60 = D- 70 = C- 80 = B- 90 = A- 100 = A+


Points Achieved

Total Grade