Levels of Achievement
Criteria 5 3 1 0
Introduction Provides some context for the Provides little context for the Provides no context for the
Provides context for the rest
& thesis paper and attempts to grab paper and/or does little to grab paper and does not grab the
of the paper, grabs reader’s
reader’s attention. Thesis is not reader’s attention. Thesis is not reader’s attention. Thesis not
attention. Thesis is clear and
directly stated but related to the directly stated and only vaguely explicit or does not relate to
direct, developing the central
ideas discussed within the relates to the ideas discussed the ideas discussed in the
idea of the paper to follow.
paper. within the paper. paper.
Organization Shows a clear connection
with the thesis and progresses Shows some connection with No connection to thesis. Ideas
Little connection to thesis: ideas
accordingly. Smooth flow of the thesis but does not progress are not logically structured.
do not always flow in a logical,
ideas with cohesive accordingly. Most ideas flow; No transitions used to guide
cohesive manner. Few
introduction and conclusion. limited problems with the reader through the paper
transitions used or repeatedly
Transitions are effectively cohesion. Some transitions or connect the ideas within
used to guide the reader. used but not always correctly. the paper.
Content (body Clearly defined response to
Some references to purpose but
& conclusion) purpose and assignment. Responds to purpose and Little reference to the purpose
the assignment seems unclear.
Provides pertinent examples assignment but some points are or assignment guidelines not
Provides unclear examples for
for supporting the thesis. The unclear. Provide few examples followed. No
supporting the thesis.
piece is fully contextualized for supporting the thesis. The contextualization of the piece
Contextualization and analysis
and analyzed thoroughly and piece is contextualized well but or analysis. Rambling or
are limited in their scope or
with extensive thought. 1-2 essential aspects of analysis overly repetitive.
some ideas are repeated. Weak
Strong conclusion are missing. Good conclusion Poor conclusion
Audience Engages audience throughout
Awareness paper, holds audience interest Engages audience through Has little engaging qualities, Does not hold audience
and addresses assignment most of the paper, can capture does not hold the interest of the interest at all, overtly
without being overtly but not sustain interest audience emotional and opinionated
Language use No problems with sentence
Very few problems with
& structure. Good use of Informal language used in No editing – no evidence of
sentence structure. Very few
academic English. Superior multiple instances. Careless revision between first and
mechanics editing – limited errors in
problems with using academic
editing – several errors per final draft. Consistent
English. Good editing – few
grammar, punctuation, paragraph in grammar, problems with mechanics and
errors per page in grammar,
capitalization or spelling. punctuation, capitalization, structure throughout the
punctuation, capitalization or
spelling, or sentence structure. paper.