This packet contains rubrics for Summary & Analysis Essays. The packet contains several variations of my standard Summary & Analysis Essay rubric, which makes them of use to classrooms in all subject areas and several grade levels, including post-secondary. The rubric variations can be used in Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Higher Education, and in classrooms which use MLA and APA formatting. I often require my students to read an article and write both a summary and an analysis of the article in one essay, noting the difference between the two. Students often have a hard time understanding the difference, and they will often write one of the two when you are actually asking them to write the other (for example, I often ask my students to write an argument/persuasive essay which requires analysis, and they will often summarize instead). I find that requiring a Summary/Analysis Essay prior to introducing more advanced writing assignments helps my students tremendously.
My rubrics are all letter grade rubrics, so there is no need to try assigning points and calculate numerous scores for several categories. While the rubrics have letter grades, I assign plus/minus grades as follows: A+ = 100, A = 95, A- = 92, B+ = 88, B = 85, B- = 82, and so on. Sometimes, however, a student's writing may fall into more than one letter grade category. For instance, the student's paper may be an A in content and organization, but a D or F in formatting and grammar/mechanics. In such a case, I assign the plus/minus grade for each category (e.g. content, organization, formatting, and grammar/mechanics), and I average the grades. I find this to be much easier and faster than using rubrics that require assigning point values for each category and adding them together. Any grading process that saves time and is easy for students to understand is worth trying!
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