-Essay begins with an attention grabbing introduction and contains a clear and specific thesis in the appropriate location.
-The body paragraphs begin with topic sentences that support the thesis. A variety of evidence/support is given for the topic sentence, and transitions are used to show how the ideas connect. The body paragraphs end with concluding sentences.
-The conclusion brings the essay to a satisfactory end and does not introduce new points. It reinforces the importance of the subject and content presented.
-Essay is well organized and contains few grammar errors.
-Essay is sufficient in length and development.
- Essay meets or exceeds most of the established criteria.
- Topic sentences are present and clear in each body paragraph. Most body paragraphs are well developed, although one or more would benefit from further development. Evidence is abundant, although a greater variety would make point(s) more clear. Transitions are present and abundant in most areas.
- Grammar errors are infrequent and certainly do not detract from delivery of content/information.
- Essay has occasional problems mixed with successful content.
- Introduction announces subject but is otherwise uninteresting.
- Most ideas/body paragraphs are well developed, although some should be developed further. Some topic sentences are better than others, but they are all present. Some transitions between sentences are present, but more are needed.
- Conclusion is too repetitive and doesn’t effectively focus on importance of information.
- Essay would benefit from better organization, although it is not a major problem.
- Essay contains more grammar problems than it should, but these problems do not affect the overall delivery of content/information.
- Essay has significant problems that detract from the overall quality.
- Introduction and conclusion are short and inefficient. Thesis is present but not entirely clear.
- Not all body paragraphs and/or ideas are developed properly. Topic sentences do not control paragraphs. Transitions are sparse, if not non-existent.
- Much of the essay is unfocused and unorganized.
- Grammar problems detract from the overall content of the information.
- Essay is lacking in a majority of the necessary criteria.
- Thesis is non-existent or ineffective.
- Both the introduction and conclusion are ineffective.
- It lacks a clear focus, has organizational problems, and is insufficient in length and development of ideas.