Sample Student Self-Evaluated Clear Writing Rubric 2009-2010 Required Elements: Student #: 1234 Final Essay IST Name: Teacher Works Cited Page Region: Sonoma Pre-Writing and Rough Drafts Semester: Fall 09 Sample of Research Student Highlighted Rubric SCORE: 1 2 3 4 Writing Essay is fewer than 5 paragraphs. Essay is at least 5 paragraphs. Essay extends beyond 5 paragraphs, Essay extends beyond 5 well- Elements Many paragraphs are fewer than 5 Most paragraphs are at least 5 sentences and follows format guidelines. developed paragraphs, and follows sentences long. long. Paragraphs include a topic sentence format guidelines. Essay does not follow MLA or APA Essay follows MLA or APA format and are at least 5 sentences long. Paragraphs include a topic sentence format guidelines guidelines Essay follows MLA or APA format and extend beyond 5 sentences long. Essay does not contain a thesis or Body paragraphs do not begin with a topic guidelines Essay follows MLA or APA format topic sentences. sentence. Intro grabs the reader’s interest by use guidelines Intro is only one or two sentences and Introduction is interesting but does not of a question, anecdote, quote, or fact. Each paragraph contains properly does not contain thesis statement. contain a thesis statement. Thesis statement is one idea contained formatted research. Conclusion is missing. Conclusion is only one or two sentences in one sentence and is the last Intro engages the reader with Writing contains basic punctuation, and does not summarize the main ideas. sentence of the intro paragraph. interesting facts or anecdotes which spelling, and/or grammatical errors. Title does not creatively reflect main idea Conclusion summarizes the writer’s leads logically to the thesis Essay does not have a title. of essay. main idea. statement. Many errors make the essay The essay has several errors in punctuation, The essay has a few minor errors in Thesis statement is well developed confusing and hard to read. spelling, or grammar. punctuation, spelling, or grammar. and shows evidence of independent Many sentences are choppy or Many short, choppy sentences need to be Title reflects thought. and critical thought. incomplete and need to be rewritten. combined to make a better variety of The essay is divided into a beginning, Conclusion attempts to persuade The beginning, middle, and ending all sentences. middle, and an ending. Some reader to agree and encourages the run together. Paragraphs and The beginning or ending is weak. The transitions are used. reader to question the future. transitions are needed. middle needs a paragraph for each main Most of the sentences read smoothly, Writing mechanics are advanced The topic needs to be narrowed or point. More transitions are needed. but more variety is needed. and contain no errors. expanded. Many more specific details The focus of the essay needs to be clearer, The essay is informative with a clear Title is creative and clearly reflects are needed. and more specific details are needed. focus. More specific details are the main point of the writer. Essay tone is not appropriate for Essay tone recognizes academic audience needed. Punctuation and grammar are academic audience. through most of the essay. Essay tone recognizes academic correct. Spelling is correct. The voice sometimes sounds unsure. The voice sounds well-informed most of audience through the entire essay. The sentences flow smoothly and The opinion statement is unclear. the time. The voice sounds knowledgeable and are enjoyable to read. Persuasive reasons are needed. The opinion statement is clear. More confident. The organization makes the essay Final essay does not reflect evidence persuasive reasons are needed. The opinion statement is clear, and informative and easy to read. of revision. Final essay includes a rough draft of essay, most reasons support the opinion. The topic, focus, and details make but writer did not effectively revise essay. Final essay includes previous drafts of the essay truly memorable. essay reflecting effective utilization of Essay tone recognizes academic the revising/rewriting process. audience throughout essay, and does not use first person “I.” The voice sounds confident, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic. The clear reasoning is very convincing and informative. Final essay includes previous draft of essay reflecting refinement of ideas and argument within the revising/rewriting process. Sample Student Self-Evaluated Clear Writing Rubric 2009-2010 Page 2 Required Elements: Student #: 1234 Final Essay IST Name: Teacher Works Cited Page Region: Sonoma Pre-Writing and Rough Drafts Semester: Fall 09 Sample of Research Student Highlighted Rubric SCORE: 1 2 3 4 Research Essay is based entirely on writer’s Research is limited to one or two sources. Research extends to a variety of Extensive research from a wide Elements views. Research is not generated by a thesis sources or websites to reflect a variety of resources including Writer’s views are not relevant to statement, but is a compilation of thorough understanding of the subject books, periodicals, and websites are assigned topic. information. matter and differing views, methods, used to thoroughly explore a critical Essay does not contain any evidence Not every body paragraph contains etc. question or theme in society, of outside sources. documented research. Research is done for the purpose of science, and/or history. Research is copied from source Research lacks appropriate paraphrasing – investigating an inquisitive question Writer poses an intriguing question without being a direct quote. (NOTE: text is simply reworded or rearranged. or thesis statement and is stated within as a thesis statement and attempts to Even one copied sentence counts as Sources are not mentioned or cited within the essay. answer it throughout the paper by plagiarism.) essay. Research is sufficiently paraphrased including differing views, Essay does not include a properly as to be stated in the writer’s own experiences, and/or theories formatted Works Cited or Bibliography on words, and includes a parenthetical presented in a variety of primary a separate page. citation reference at the end of the and secondary resources, properly Citations within essay do not match entries paraphrased material. cited. on the Works Cited or Bibliography. Research is documented within each Writing reflects a variety of body paragraph and provides enough methods of incorporating resources detail or explanation to so that the within the text (e.g., long and short reader completely understands. direct quotes, use of ellipses, Sources are properly cited according introductory phrases leading in to to APA or MLA format within the research: “According to …,” “In paper. Dr. Warner’s book, The Art of Works Cited or Bibliography is Science,…”) properly formatted and attached as a Research is so well paraphrased by separate page to the essay. writer that it reads naturally and Citations within essay match entries authoritatively without using the on Works Cited or Bibliography. original author’s words. Sources are properly cited according to APA or MLA format within the paper. Works Cited or Bibliography is properly formatted and attached as a separate page to the essay. Text citations are correct and match the Works Cited or Bibliography.
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