How Teachers Grade Essays
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Originality of Thought
- Are you simply repeating someone else’s opinions without useful commentary of your own on their opinions? (If your paper is supposed to analyze information instead of merely reporting facts.)
- Have you thought analytically about your topic and attempted to communicate your own formulated ideas in your paper?
- Can the average reader easily understand what you are saying?
- Does your introduction catch your readers’ attention?
- Are your thoughts clear and concise?
- Does your paper “flow”?
- Can your paper hold the interest of your audience?
Thesis Statement and Development
- Have you introduced your topic in an opening paragraph?
- Does your paper include a thesis statement?
- Have you expanded and supported your thesis statement in the body of the paper?
- Have you tied up the loose ends in your conclusion?
- Is each paragraph internally organized; do the sentences flow logically?
- Does your paper include smooth transitions into each paragraph?
- Have you grouped like information together in the same paragraph or section?
- Can you sum up each paragraph in one sentence?
- Have you carefully read through your paper checking for correct capitalization, punctuation, and sentence structure?
- Have you followed the guidelines of the format your professor has specified?
- Do not turn in a first draft; proofread your own work! (Reading aloud will make errors even more obvious.)
- Have a friend look your paper over.
- Be familiar with the format you are using. (For example, MLA, APA, or Turabian.)
- Come to the Writing Center for more information and assistance with grammar, formatting, and much more!
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