This essay writing rubric can be used to evaluate many different writing assignments, whether they be expository, persuasive, or research assignments. The grade ranges, listed at the top, reflect a seven point grading scale, and each level of the rubric reflects a different level of quality (A-F). I have included check boxes next to letter grades, and smaller check boxes next to individual expectations so that students know specifically why they received their particular grade.
For each section, the rubric includes references to:
✔ Overall depth of analysis
✔ Mechanical/grammatical usage
✔ Quality of organization,
✔ Adherence to MLA format
✔ Incorporation of textual evidence
✔ Quality of topic sentences, transitions, and thesis statement
✔ Quality of references/Works Cited page
This rubric can easily be adapted for the assessment of any essay. I check the applicable boxes, and record brief comments on the rubric itself (either by hand or digitally), and I find this makes grading a quick, efficient process.
✔ Appropriate for various content areas from middle-school classes to Advanced Placement courses. You could also use this for peer editing.
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