Grammar, punctuation, word choice, and proofreading



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Summary/Synthesis Grade Sheet Writer’s Name______________________________ Grade____________
Is the grammar version free from errors in grammar, punctuation, word choice, and proofreading?

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No Somewhat Fully

Does the introduction mention the author and title of the article(s) and give a little background on the author and the website or periodical where the article(s) appeared? Does it introduce the topic covered in the essay?

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No Somewhat Fully


Does the introduction include a thesis which summarizes the article or articles in one or two sentences?

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Does the essay accurately convey the ideas in the article(s) without misunderstandings?

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Does the essay cover the most important points in the article(s)?

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Synthesis only: Does the essay make connections between the articles and give a clear sense of the similarities and differences between the articles’ perspectives?
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Does the essay stick to what is in the article(s) and refrain from giving personal opinions?

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Does each paragraph have a topic sentence and unified focus?

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Yes: body paragraphs__________

No: body paragraphs___________


Does each body paragraph mention at least two specific examples (could be paraphrases or quotations)?

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Does the author use a variety of signal phrases that fit the meaning and introduce the ideas in the article(s) and any quotations and paraphrases smoothly?

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Does the author use connecting words effectively to show the relationships between ideas?

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Does the conclusion leave the reader with a sense of the overall significance of the article or articles?

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Does the essay show correct MLA format? Is it at least 3 pages if a synthesis? If a summary, is it 2-3 pages?

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Does the packet include a Works Cited page that lists all the sources discussed in correct format?

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Does the essay packet include all the required pieces, including the feedback form, rough draft, grade sheet, and the outline all in a folder? If you did not have a draft for peer review, you need a Writing Lab stamp.

No Yes
Is the essay free from plagiarism (any instance of four words in a row that are the same as in a source)?



No Yes



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