Ap essay Rubric: Synthesis Timed Writing



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AP Essay Rubric: Synthesis Timed Writing

English III – Language & Composition

9- Essays earning a score of 9 meet the criteria for the score of 8 and, in addition, are especially sophisticated in their argument, thorough development, or impressive in their control of language.

 

8- Essays earning a score of 8 effectively examine the synthesis* task designated by the prompt, developing their argument by effectively synthesizing at least three of the sources; evidence and explanations used are appropriate and convincing. The prose demonstrates a consistent ability to control a wide range of the elements of effective writing but is not necessarily flawless.



 

7- Essays earning a score of 7 meet the criteria for the score of 6 but provide more complete explanation, more thorough development, or a more mature prose style.

 

6- Essays earning a score of 6 adequately examine the synthesis task designated by the prompt, developing their argument by adequately synthesizing at least three of the sources; evidence and explanations used are appropriate and sufficient; language may contain lapses in diction or syntax, but generally the prose is clear.



 

5- Essays earning a score of 5 examine the synthesis task designated by the prompt, developing their argument by synthesizing at least three sources, but how they use and explain sources is somewhat uneven, inconsistent, or limited; the writer’s argument is generally clear, and the sources generally develop the writer’s position, but the links between the sources and the argument may be strained; the writing may contain lapses in diction or syntax, but it usually conveys the student’s ideas.

 

4- Essays earning a score of 4 inadequately examine the synthesis task designated by the prompt, developing their argument by synthesizing at least two sources, but the evidence or explanations used may be inappropriate, insufficient, or unconvincing. The sources may dominate the essay’s attempts at development, the link between the argument and the sources may be weak, or the student may misunderstand, misrepresent, or oversimplify the sources. The prose generally conveys the student’s ideas but may be inconsistent in controlling the elements of effective writing.



 

3- Essays earning a score of 3 meet the criteria for the score of 4 but demonstrate less success in examining the synthesis task designated by the prompt. They are less perceptive in their understanding of the sources, or their explanation or examples may be particularly limited or simplistic. The essays may show less maturity in control of writing.

 

2- Essays earning a score of 2 demonstrate little success in examining the synthesis task designated by the prompt. They may merely allude to knowledge gained from reading the sources rather than cite the sources themselves. These essays may misread the sources, fail to develop a position, or substitute a simpler task by merely summarizing or categorizing the sources or by merely responding to the prompt tangentially with unrelated, inaccurate, or inappropriate explanation. Essays that score 2 often demonstrate consistent weakness in writing, such as grammatical problems, a lack of development or organization, or lack of control.



 

1- Essays earning a score of 1 meet the criteria for the score of 2 but are undeveloped, especially simplistic in their explanation, weak in their control of writing, or do not allude to or cite even one source.



 

0- Indicates an off-topic response, one that merely repeats the prompt, an entirely crossed-out response, a drawing, or a response in a language other than English.



*for the purpose of scoring, synthesis means using sources to develop a position and citing them accurately

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