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									                                                     LITERARY ANALYSIS RUBRIC




      GRADE       Intro Paragraph / Thesis                 Body Paragraphs /                         Literary Analysis                     Language Style / Voice
                                                               Organization
A             Engaging opening introduces the        Each topic sentence clearly         Writing reflects a critical, analytical       Writing is academic in tone,        Es
(excellent)   essay’s general topic and inspires     connects to the thesis and          understanding of the text; through clear      demonstrating a clear sense of      se
              thinking about that topic; logically   offers an identifiable, well-       reasoning, writer draws sophisticated,        purpose and audience; writer's      op
              proceeds to thesis; thesis is an       phrased idea to be proven in the    insightful inferences from concrete           voice is evident -- confident and   ef
              easily identifiable, well-phrased      paragraph; concrete details are     details to support the connected ideas of     sophisticated; vocabulary and       de
              argument that assesses the text        well-chosen and incorporated;       the TS and thesis; inferences are             phrasing are academically           w
              and addresses a specific idea to be    paragraphs are well-organized       developed so that all claims and points       appropriate, persuasive, and        th
              analyzed and proven in the essay;      to create a coherent, carefully     made are well-supported and persuasive;       sophisticated without being         ad
              the idea offered in the thesis         developed and supported             analysis focuses on both thematic and         pretentious                         ac
              reflects sound critical, analytical    argument; transitions between       stylistic elements of the text,                                                   ab
              thinking; title and author of work     ideas are logical and each idea     demonstrating writer’s ability to                                                 pu
              are appropriately referenced           builds on the preceding; writer     interpret the function of literary devices
                                                     maintains focus and control of      in the service of thematic meaning;
                                                     argument so that the point of       appropriate balance of quotes & writer's
                                                     each paragraph is always clear      analysis; writer is clearly engaged with
                                                                                         and moved by his/her thinking process
B             Generally engaging opening; areas      Each topic sentence generally       Writing generally reflects a critical,        Writing is generally academic in    Es
(good)        to be strengthened may include:        connects to the thesis but in one   analytical understanding of the text but is   tone; writer’s voice may not be     ef
              presentation of general topic;         or more TS the main idea may        uneven; inferences demonstrate                consistently persuasive but is      ap
              development of transition between      need to be clarified; concrete      interpretive ability but could be             discernible; writing                re
              general opening and specific thesis    details are generally well-         developed further to better explain           demonstrates an awareness of        st
              statement; thesis statement is         chosen though some may be           significance of detail and support thesis     the purpose to persuade;            m
              phrased as an argument but may         irrelevant or insufficient as       and/or TS; some claims may be vague,          vocabulary in some places may       no
              be strengthened through                evidence to effectively support     generalized, or lacking in support;           be simplistic or ineffective        m
              clarification of the main idea being   the thesis and/or TS;               analysis could be stronger through focus                                          di
              offered                                paragraphs are generally well-      on stylistic elements that create                                                 ad
                                                     organized, although some            thematic meaning; some imbalance of                                               ac
                                                     transitions may be awkward and      quotes and writer's analysis
                                                     there may be gaps in the
                                                     development of ideas; focus and
                                                     control of argument may need
                                                     improvement because the point
                                                     of a paragraph may not always
                                                     be clear
C                Opening is functional but too brief    Topic sentences are present but Writing demonstrates basic                           Writing tends to be mechanical in   Es
(satisfactory)   and/or simplistic, essay’s topic is    more than one is weak in the          comprehension of the text but not a            tone; writer’s voice is not         (fr
                 apparent but needs to be               following areas: main idea not        critical, analytical understanding of it, as   discernible in the essay; writing   wo
                 developed to engage the reader;        discernible; a fact about the text reflected by one or more of the following:        demonstrates inconsistent           aw
                 abrupt transition from first           is summarized; unclear                lack of focused, developed idea guiding        awareness of the purpose to         co
                 sentences to thesis statement;         connection to thesis. Concrete        essay; interpretive analysis inconsistent      persuade; vocabulary tends to be    di
                 paragraph may be incoherent,           details are present but weak          or unsubstantiated; frequent summary of        simplistic, marked by instances     co
                 jumping from one point to the next     because they provide                  plot details that retell the story; writer     of informal or imprecise diction    re
                 without developing a smooth            insufficient evidence to support      restates the content of cited concrete                                             ac
                 progression of ideas; thesis may       TS and/or are irrelevant              details rather than draws significant                                              an
                 be too general, vague, or              because they do not support an        inferences about sub-textual meaning;                                              in
                 imprecisely phrased; thesis may        insightful inference. Lack of         little or no analysis of how stylistic                                             gu
                 not directly address the prompt        coherent organization of ideas        elements of the text create meaning.                                               co
                 (though still an argument that         within individual paragraphs or       Writing marked and weakened by                                                     W
                 assesses the text)                     from one paragraph to the next; frequent generalizations, unsupported                                                    in
                                                        abrupt transitions impede             claims, assumptions, vague statements.                                             co
                                                        smooth flow of ideas; essay                                                                                              es
                                                        lacks consistent focus and
                                                        control of argument;
                                                        paragraph(s) may lack clear
                                                        point(s); content of paragraphs
                                                        does not consistently support or
                                                        connect with thesis and/orTS
D                Opening is ineffective, poorly         Topic sentences absent or          Writing demonstrates some awareness of            Writing is mechanical in tone;      Fr
(marginal)       organized, and undeveloped             consistently lack focused          text details but not a critical, analytical       writer’s voice is not discernible   m
                 (inappropriately brief); thesis may    ideas, either offering general, understanding of the text; points made are           in essay; writing demonstrates      th
                 summarize plot point rather than       irrelevant comments or             vague and unsubstantiated; essay lacks            no awareness of purpose to          ML
                 present argument about text;           stating facts about the text;      focus; no literary analysis present               persuade; vocabulary is             in
                 thesis may not address the prompt      there is no discernible                                                              simplistic and/or inappropriate     W
                 at all; author and/or title of text    argument or point guiding                                                                                                in
                 may not be referenced properly         essay; concrete details are
                 (i.e. only author's last name, title   absent or ineffective/
                 incorrectly formatted)                 insufficient; consistent lack of
                                                        coherent organization of
                                                        ideas within paragraphs and
                                                        from one paragraph to the
                                                        next; points of paragraphs
                                                        are unclear
F                Fails to fulfill the                   Fails to fulfill the              Fails to fulfill the                               Fails to fulfill the                N
(unacceptable)   requirements of the                    requirements of                   requirements of the                                requirements of the                 M
                 assignment                             the assignment                    assignment                                         assignment                          (m
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** NOTE: ANY ESSAY THAT IS MISSING PARENTHETICAL CITATIONS (EVEN ONLY ONE) WITHIN THE TEXT OF THE
ESSAY AND / OR IS MISSING A WORK CITED PAGE WILL EARN A FAILING GRADE.
** NOTE: ANY ESSAY IN WHICH THE PARENTHETICAL CITATIONS DO NOT MATCH THE WORK CITED PAGE ENTRIES
WILL EARN A FAILING GRADE.

								
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