Grading essays objectively can be difficult - a student may write well but miss the point, or have terrible style but excellent content. Use this rubric to assign 1-4 points in each of the covered areas; add up the points when you're done, divide by the total possible points (40) and you'll have your percentage grade, confident that you have taken into consideration all the areas that need grading!
Suitable for grading essays for beginner essay writers - approximately Grades 7-9 but can be used for any grade depending on the skill level of the writer.
Covers areas of thesis, introduction, conclusion, MLA format, Works Cited page, Organization, Conventions (grammar etc), Tone/Style, Comprehension and Interpretation/Support.
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