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History Essay Rubric 100 Points Possible





A” Excellent

B” Good

C” Fair

D” Poor

F”

Introduction



Setting

Thesis Statement

Road Map

3 clear map points/subtopics



Introduction places the essay in specific time and place, begins with a broad opening statement, has a clear, accurate, and analytical thesis and a detailed organizational statement.

In addition, thesis is specific and comprehensive (fully answers the question/ answers all parts of the question.) 28-30 Points



The Introduction contains an acceptable thesis AND a detailed organizational statement.

Thesis is clear, analytical, and completely and accurately answers the question.



26-27 Points

The introduction contains an acceptable thesis OR a detailed organizational statement.

Thesis is clear but simplistic.


24-25 Points


The introduction does not give the reader a clear idea of the argument or it does not give the reader a roadmap.

Thesis is attempted but not clear or sufficient.



21-23 Points

Topic Sentences


Should be mini versions of the thesis statement and comparative statements if necessary

All topic sentences are accurate, specific, clearly answer the question, clearly support the thesis, and follow the pattern in the organizational statement, and contain analysis. 19-20 Points

Most of the topic sentences are accurate, clearly answer the question, clearly support the thesis, and contain analysis.

17-18 Points

Topic sentences are accurate, clearly support the thesis, but lacks analysis or specificity. Topic sentences are too vague.

16 Points

Topic sentences are attempted but are unclear, or do not clearly support the thesis or do not clearly answer the question.

14-15 Points



Evidence




Accurate


Relevant

Sufficient Amount



There is an abundant amount of supporting evidence that is accurate, relevant, and clearly supports the thesis statement and topic sentences. Relevant evidence is thoroughly explained and analyzed. (6-8 supporting facts per paragraph) 28-30 Points

There is an adequate amount of supporting evidence. Most of the supporting evidence is accurate, relevant, and supports the thesis statement and topic sentences. There is some relevant explanation and analysis. (3-5 supporting facts per paragraph)

26-27 Points

There is some supporting evidence that is accurate and somewhat supports the thesis statement and topic sentences. Evidence is explained but needs more analysis. 24 -25Points

There is little supporting evidence that is accurate or connection between the thesis statement and topic sentences are not clear. Evidence is merely listed and not adequately explained or analyzed. 21 -23Points



Transition/ Clincher Sentences



Each body paragraph contains a transition sentence that makes a clear connection between the two paragraphs. The last body paragraph has a clincher sentence that clearly sums up the information in that paragraph.

10 points

Each body paragraph contains a transition sentence but does not make a clear connection between the two paragraphs. The last body paragraph has a clincher sentence that clearly sums up the information in that paragraph. 9 Points


Each body paragraph contains a transition sentence that lets the reader know the topic of the next body paragraph or a clincher sentence that clearly sums up the information in that paragraph. 8 Points

Transition or clincher sentences are attempted but not clear or are incomplete.

7 Points




Conclusion





The conclusion clearly re-states the thesis, summarizes the main points of the essay and mirrors the intro w/o repeating it verbatim. 10 points

The conclusion clearly re-states the thesis and summarizes the main points of the essay.

9 Points


The conclusion simply re-states the thesis.

8 Points


Conclusion is attempted but not clear or is incomplete.

7 Points


**Analysis means to explain how or why. **Clearly should be interpreted as free of grammatical and stylistic errors. **Essay should be written in the active voice and in the past tense. Do NOT use contractions; Write in the third person/ Do NOT use “I” or “you;” IS=Incomplete Sentence; - = missing; check = present; TS= Topic Sentence; CS – Clincher Sentence; TR=Transition Sentence; WC=Word Choice; RP= Re-phrase; AWK=Sentence Structure is Awkward; ? = I don’t understand what you are trying to say/ confusing/ not clear; ok=okay, average, could be better; 1= 1st subtopic/map point; 2= 2nd subtopic/map point; 3= 3rd subtopic/map point; AV= use the active voice; SV= subject/verb agreement;


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