Class: ______________________ Student: _____________________
Rubric: Writing Rubric
Unacceptable Developing Adequate Distinguished
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Organization Unacceptable Developing Adequate Distinguished
Essay has a Essay exhibits Essay has minor Essay has an
confused or problems such as problems such as introduction with a
unclear structure; a poorly-placed or a weak statement well-placed thesis
it may entirely missing thesis, of organization or and statement of
lack an statement of transitions, organization, well-
appropriate organization, or disorganized or developed and
introduction, conclusion; one or poorly-developed logically-ordered
conclusion, or two sentence paragraphs, a paragraphs with
paragraphing. paragraphs; lack sketchy clear transitions,
of transitions; etc. conclusion, etc. and a conclusion.
Development Unacceptable Developing Adequate Distinguished
Essay has Essay shows lack Essay employs Essay employs
confused or of developed evidence and strong evidence
unclear ideas; it thought, often arguments to and arguments to
may entirely lack shown through support a thesis, support a well-
a thesis or any minimally-relevant but the essay may conceived, original
chain of evidence evidence or lack originality. thesis.
or arguments. arguments.
Documentation Unacceptable Developing Adequate Distinguished
Mechanics Sources are Requirements may Requirements met Citations and
typically either not be only marginally but citations and bibliography use
cited or miscited, met, or citations bibliography have appropriate APA,
or research and bibliography minor lapses such MLA, or other
requirements are show many errors as incorrect bib. conventions, and
not met. in documentation order, punctuation research
format. errors in in-text requirements met.
Handling Unacceptable Developing Adequate Distinguished
Source Essay often lacks Essay may either Essay meets Essay properly
Materials or does not use use only a few requirements but introduces and
source materials, poorly-attributed may have weak integrates
or else sources are sources or string source integration/ sources; correctly
misused together a series introduction or and insightfully
(misquotation, of unintroduced, confusion between summarizes,
accidental unanalyzed proper quotation paraphrases, and
plagiarism, etc.). sources. and paraphrase. quotes sources.
Sentence Unacceptable Developing Adequate Distinguished
Structure Sentences show Sentences tend to Sentences are Each thought is
repeated serious either show some complete and conveyed in a
errors such as serious errors in coherent, but complete, well-
fragments, run- structure or lack minor errors or structured
ons, comma complexity. lack of variety in sentence, and the
splices, fused structure appears. essay
sentences, etc. demonstrates
Grammar and Unacceptable Developing Adequate Distinguished
Mechanics Essay has serious Essay has Essay shows only Essay consistently
and repeated occasional major minor lapses in follows the rules
lapses in many lapses or more subject/verb and conventions of
aspects of English. frequent minor agreement, verb English.
errors in tense and forms,
agreement, tense, punctuation,
punctuation, spelling, etc.