This is the essay rubric for students as well as a checklist of expectations for the final essay over Hinton's short novel "The Outsiders." It is connected to the Common Core State Standards. After going over the six traits in the rubric, we turn the sheet over to review the expectations for the essay. I tell them if they can answer YES honestly to each of the statements, they will generally have a good grade. These are the specific items we look for in a good essay. The key term we use in our school for this unit is "Conflict", both internal and external using at least three characters as examples.
Once the essay is done, the student attaches the rubric to their finished product for grading.