Essays will receive a “-,” “,” or a “+” for Q, O, and E. Receiving a minus indicates lower than average performance on that particular element. A check is average, and a plus is better than average performance. There is no + for grammar, meaning it is either good ()or bad (-). There is no penalty for lacking voice, so V will be either non-existent () or evident (+). Your essay will receive a score of 1-9 based on the following breakdown:
- = 0 points
= 1 point
+ = 2 points Here are some examples:
This student did everything at the average level. Not a great essay, but a good essay. Notice there are no problems with grammar, but it also lacks voice. This receives a 5.
This good essay that contains great evidence to back up the claims receives a 6.
Not quite grasping the question and poor examples results in a 3.
The only way to receive a 9 is to perform above the average in Q, O, and E, while not having any grammar issues and having voice. In-depth look at each element – what we look for as we grade
The last question of each section will help you understand how to get a +.
Question – Is the question answered? Are all parts of the question addressed? Is there a deep understanding of the subtleties of the context of the question?
Organization – Can it be read? Is there an introduction and conclusion? Is it organized in a clearly understandable method? Does it remain organized throughout? Does the organization contribute to the understanding of the argument/analysis?
Evidence – Is there evidence to back up the claims? Is every claim backed up? Are the examples appropriate? Are citations used (when necessary)? Does the author sound like an expert? Do the examples contribute the audience’s understanding of and accepting of the author’s claims?
Grammar – Are there any major, distracting grammatical problems that hinder the understanding of the argument/analysis?
Voice – Does the argument/analysis sound like an authentic representation of the author’s original thoughts? Do the vocabulary, diction, phrasing, and syntax contribute to the writing?