Rubric: Written Paper 2: Essay Student______________________________________________ Author __________________________
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Little knowledge of works Some knowledge of works Adequate understanding of Good understanding of works Excellent understanding of works
little knowledge of, or some knowledge of, or familiarity works good understanding of the Part 3 perceptive understanding of the
A: Knowledge and
familiarity with, the Part 3 with, the Part 3 (and Part 2) adequate understanding of the (and Part 2) works used to Part 3 (and Part 2) works used to
(and Part 2) works used to works used to answer the Part 3 (and Part 2) works used to answer the question as well as answer the question as well as
answer the question. question answer the question some of the subtleties of their the subtleties of their meaning
superficial understanding of the adequate and appropriate meaning detailed and persuasive
works used references to the works. detailed and pertinent references references to the works.
to the works.
Little awareness of the main Some awareness of, or response Adequate response to the main Good response to the main Excellent response to the main
implications of the question to, the main implications of the implications of the question implications as well as some of implications as well as the
B: Response to the
the candidate’s ideas are question the candidate’s ideas are the subtleties of the question subtleties of the question
mainly insignificant and/or the candidate’s ideas are relevant the candidate’s ideas are the candidate’s ideas are
irrelevant sometimes irrelevant the analysis of the ideas is carefully explored and include a convincing and show
the essay consists mainly of the essay consists mainly of adequate and appropriately considered personal response, independence of thought, where
paraphrase and/or narration unsubstantiated generalizations. illustrated by some relevant where appropriate appropriate
and/or repetition of content. examples. the analysis of the ideas is the analysis of the ideas is
generally detailed and well consistently detailed and
The candidate has not reached level 1.
illustrated by relevant examples. persuasively illustrated by
carefully chosen examples.
Little awareness of the Some awareness or appreciation Adequate appreciation of the Good appreciation of the literary Excellent appreciation of the
literary features of the works of the literary features of the literary features of the works features of the works literary features of the works
C. Appreciation of
little mention or works adequate analysis of the effects pertinent and detailed analysis of critical analysis of the effects of
consideration of the literary some consideration of the of the literary features of the the effects of the literary features the literary features of the works
features of the works in literary features of the works in works in relation to the question of the works in relation to the in relation to the question
relation to the question. relation to the question the analysis is appropriately question the analysis is consistently well
superficial analysis of the literary illustrated by relevant examples. the analysis is well illustrated by illustrated by persuasive
features mentioned. carefully chosen examples. examples.
Little sense of a focused and Some sense of a focused and A generally focused and A clearly focused and well- A clearly focused, well-developed
developed argument developed argument developed argument developed argument and persuasive argument
little evidence of a structure some evidence of a structure to adequate structure to the essay clear and logical structure to the purposeful and effective structure
to the essay the essay ideas are generally presented in essay to the essay
little attempt to present ideas some attempt to present ideas in an ordered and logical sequence supporting examples are supporting examples are well
in an ordered or logical an ordered or logical sequence. supporting examples are appropriately integrated into the integrated into the body of the
sequence. sometimes appropriately body of the essay. essay.
integrated into the body of the
The language is rarely clear The language is only sometimes The language is generally clear The language is clear, varied and The language is clear, varied,
or coherent clear and coherent and coherent precise precise and concise
the use of language is not some degree of clarity and adequately clear and coherent clear, varied and precise use of clear, varied, precise and concise
E: Formal Use of
readily comprehensible coherence in the use of language use of language language use of language
many lapses in grammar, some degree of accuracy in only a few significant lapses in no significant lapses in grammar, no significant lapses in grammar,
spelling and sentence grammar, spelling and sentence grammar, spelling and sentence spelling and sentence spelling and sentence
construction construction construction construction construction
vocabulary is rarely accurate vocabulary is sometimes some care shown in the choice effective and appropriately precise use of wide vocabulary
or appropriate. appropriate to the discussion of of vocabulary, idiom and style varied use of vocabulary, idiom and varied idiom and style
literature. the register is generally and style effective choice of register.
appropriate for literary analysis. suitable choice of register.
adapted by D. Ruekberg 2006
adapted by D. Ruekberg 2006
A: Knowledge and Understanding of Works
How well does the candidate know the works studied?
How much understanding has the candidate shown of the works studied in relation to the question answered?
How detailed and/or appropriate are the candidate’s references to the works studied?
B: Response to the Question
How well has the candidate understood the specific demands of the question?
To what extent has the candidate responded to these demands?
How well has the candidate illustrated claims?
To what extent has the candidate expressed a relevant personal response?
C: Appreciation of Literary Features
To what extent is the candidate aware of the presence of literary features in the works, such as diction, imagery, tone, structure,
style and technique?
To what extent does the candidate appreciate the effects of the literary features in relation to the question?
How well has the candidate supported claims about the effects of literary features?
How well has the candidate organized the essay?
How effectively have the candidate’s ideas been presented?
To what extent are supporting examples integrated into the body of the essay?
E: Formal Use of Language
How accurate, clear and precise is the language used by the candidate?
How appropriate is the candidate’s choice of register and style for this task? (Register refers, in this context, to the candidate’s
sensitivity to elements such as the vocabulary, tone, sentence structure and idiom appropriate to the task.)
adapted by D. Ruekberg 2006