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					                                       North Lawndale College Prep HS Writing Rubric Draft
Student Name: ______________________________
                                                              An A essay has:                     A B essay has:                     A C essay has:                    An F essay has:             Your
                                                             ( 9.0-10.0 points)                   (8.0-8.9 points)                   (7.0-7.9 points)                   (0-6.9 points)             Points
                        Thesis/Claim                   An exceptional thesis/claim         An effective thesis/claim that     A somewhat effective              No thesis/claim, one that does
                 A statement of your argument;         that responds to the assignment     responds to the assignment         thesis/claim that somewhat        not make sense, or one that does
                 the essay’s “main idea”                                                                                      responds to the assignment        not respond to the assignment

                    Supporting Ideas/                  Exceptional supporting              Effective supporting               Supporting ideas/                 Either very few or no supporting
                       Evidence                        ideas/evidence that make            ideas/evidence that make           evidence, which somewhat          ideas/evidence or ideas/evidence
                 Ideas and evidence that support       logical sense                       logical sense                      make sense                        which do not make sense
                 your thesis/claim, including
                 appropriate set-ups for secondary
                 Analysis of Supporting                Exceptional explanations that       Effective explanations that        Somewhat effective                Ineffective or no connection of
                    Ideas/Evidence                     connect the ideas/evidence to       connect the ideas/evidence to      explanations that connect the     ideas/evidence to the
                 Logical connection of ideas/          the thesis/claim                    the thesis/claim                   ideas/evidence to the             thesis/claim
                 evidence to your thesis/claim                                                                                thesis/claim
                        Introduction                   An exceptional introduction         An effective introduction that     A somewhat effective              No introduction, or an
                 A preview of the essay body that      that includes a thesis/claim, its   includes a thesis/claim, its       introduction that includes a      introduction without a
                 includes a thesis/claim and gives     context and a preview of the        context and a preview of the       thesis/claim, its context and a   thesis/claim, context or preview
                 its context
                                                       essay body                          essay body                         preview of the essay body         of the essay body
                 Body Paragraphs and                   Paragraphs with exceptional          Paragraphs with effective topic   Paragraphs with somewhat          Paragraphs with ineffective or

                     Transitions                       topic sentences, supporting         sentences, supporting sentences    effective topic sentences,        no topic sentences, supporting
                 Organization at the paragraph         sentences and concluding            and concluding sentences           supporting sentences and          sentences or concluding
                 level; each paragraph has a clear     sentences                                                              concluding sentences              sentences
                 topic sentence stating its main
                 idea and supporting sentences.
                 Connections from one paragraph        Exceptional transitions between     Effective transitions between      Somewhat effective transitions    Ineffective or no transitions
                 to another and within paragraphs      and within paragraphs               and within paragraphs              between and within paragraphs     between or within paragraphs
                          Conclusion                   An exceptional conclusion           An effective conclusion            A somewhat effective or off-      Ineffective or no conclusion
                 A fresh restatement of                                                                                       topic conclusion
                 thesis/claim and a thoughtful
                 ending to the essay
                              Style                    Exceptionally advanced and          Effectively advanced and           A mostly accurate vocabulary,     Inaccurate vocabulary; rarely
                 Vocabulary, sentence structure        complex vocabulary, frequently      complex vocabulary,                some varied sentence structure    varied sentence structure and

                 and variety used to establish a       varied sentence structure and       occasionally varied sentence       and length                        length
                 unique writer’s voice
                                                       length                              structure and length
                              Tone                     A tone that shows an                A tone that shows an effective     A tone that shows a somewhat      A tone that shows ineffective or
                 An appropriate use of language        exceptional awareness of            awareness of audience, purpose     effective awareness of            no awareness of audience,
                 that shows an awareness of            audience, purpose and occasion      and occasion                       audience, purpose and occasion    purpose and occasion
                 audience, purpose and occasion
                   Grammar & Usage                     Exceptional control of              Effective control of grammar       Somewhat effective control of     A lack of control of grammar
                 No unintended run-ons or              grammar and writing                 and writing conventions, with      grammar and writing               and writing conventions, with
                 fragments, correct subject-verb &

                                                       conventions with no errors          few errors that do not prevent     conventions, with occasional      frequent errors that prevent
                 pronoun-antecedent agreement,
                 correct tense, correct punctuation,                                       understanding                      errors that limit understanding   understanding
                 capitalization and spelling
                         Formatting                    Correct formatting                  Mostly correct formatting          Somewhat correct formatting       Incorrect formatting
                 12-point font, correct margins
                 and spacing and other
                 assignment-specific directions
*Plagiarism will result in a zero for the entire draft.
                                                                                                                                                                           Total Score: __________