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Thesis


Organization

Evidence

(Concrete Details)

Analysis

(Commentary)


Style/Audience


Conventions

5

The thesis statement is clear, well-developed and relevant to the topic.


Transitions within and between paragraphs flow smoothly.

The structure within paragraphs is clear and easy to follow.

There are clear introduction, body, and conclusion paragraphs.


There are at least two well chosen concrete details from the text in each body paragraph. The concrete details support the thesis.

All commentary synthesizes concrete details and supports the thesis statement.


The style is engaging and effective.

The style is appropriate for an academic paper.




The essay contains few, if any errors in the conventions* of the English language. (Errors are generally first-draft in nature.)

4

The thesis statement is clear and relevant to the topic.



The structure within paragraphs is clear and easy to follow.

There are clear introduction, body, and conclusion paragraphs.



There is at least one concrete detail from the text in each body paragraph. All concrete details support the thesis.

All commentary explains concrete details and supports the thesis statement.


The style is appropriate for an academic paper.


The essay contains some errors in the conventions* of the English language. (Errors do not interfere with the reader’s understanding of the essay.)

3

The thesis statement is somewhat relevant to the topic and/or somewhat clear.



There are clear introduction, body, and conclusion paragraphs.


There are concrete details in each body paragraph from the text, some of which support the thesis.

Some or most commentary explains the concrete details and supports the thesis statement.

AND/OR


Commentary re-states concrete detail.

The style is sometimes appropriate for an academic paper.


The essay contains several errors in the conventions* of the English language. (Errors may interfere with the reader’s understanding of the essay.)

2

The thesis statement is not clear.


The essay is missing an introduction, body or concluding paragraph.


There are some concrete details but they don’t support the thesis.


Some or all commentary is unclear or irrelevant and does not support the thesis statement.

The style is rarely appropriate for an academic paper.


The essay contains serious errors in the conventions* of the English language. (Errors interfere with the reader’s understanding of the essay.)

1

The thesis statement is missing or off topic.

There is no organization to the essay.


There are no concrete details.


The writer does not include commentary.


The style is never appropriate for an academic paper.


The paper is incomprehensible because of the number of convention* errors.

’09-’10 Rubric for response to text, expository essay

Sequoia High School – Expository Essay Rubric


* Conventions of the English language refer to grammar, punctuation, spelling, capitalization and usage.

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Total the scores from all columns, divide by 6 (number of columns) - round off to nearest whole number .


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LEASE NOTE THAT, WHEN YOU TAKE THE CAHSEE, IF YOUR ESSAY DOES NOT ANSWER THE QUESTION, NO MATTER HOW WELL WRITTEN YOUR PAPER MAY BE, YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY NOT PASS THE CAHSEE!


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