These essays demonstrate minimal understanding of the topic or the passage



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These essays demonstrate minimal understanding of the topic or the passage.

These essays are weaker than the 5 score because the writer overlooks or perhaps misreads important ideas in the passage.

Essays that earn a medium score complete the essay task, but with no special insights; analysis lacks depth/ merely states the obvious. Frequently, the ideas are predictable, paragraph development weak. Although writing conveys writer's ideas, they are presented simplistically, often contain lapses in diction or syntax.

Medium-scoring essays complete the tasks of the essay topic well - they show some insight but usually with less precision and clarity than high-scoring essays.

High-scoring essays thoroughly address all the tasks of the essay prompt in well-organized responses. Overall, high-scoring essays present thoroughly developed, intelligent ideas; sound and logical organization; strong evidence; and articulate diction.

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Perhaps unfinished, these essays offer no analysis of the passage; little or no evidence for student's ideas. Incorrect assertions may be made about the passage.

Although the writer's ideas are generally understandable, the control of language is often immature with errors in spelling, grammar, mechanics

Essay is acceptable but noticeable errors in grammar in areas such as parallelism, misplaced and dangling modifiers, errors in grammar, spelling, mechanics

There may be lapses in correct diction or sophisticated language, but the essay is generally well written.

The writing demonstrates stylistic sophistication and control over the elements of effective writing, although it is not necessarily faultless.

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Stylistically, these essays may show consistent grammatical problems, and sentence structure is usually simple and unimaginative.

. Same sentence beginnings, little or no sentence variety in syntax; trite verbs, modifiers; use of passive voice

Although the writing conveys the writer's ideas, they are presented simplistically and often contain lapses in diction or syntax.

Presents thoroughly developed, intelligent ideas; sound and logical organization; strong evidence; and articulate diction.

Overall, high-scoring essays present thoroughly developed, intelligent ideas; sound and logical organization; strong evidence; and articulate diction

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Rhetorical analysis essays demonstrate little ability to identify or analyze rhetorical strategies. Sometimes these essays misread the prompt and replace with easier tasks, such as paraphrasing the passage or listing some strategies of author

Rhetorical analysis essays demonstrate little discussion of rhetorical strategies or incorrect identification and/or analysis of those strategies. The student may summarize the passage's ideas instead of analyzing them

Rhetorical analysis essays demonstrate uneven or insufficient understanding of how rhetorical strategies create an author's point. Often, the writer merely lists what he or she observes in the passage instead of analyzing effect.

Rhetorical analysis essays demonstrate sufficient examination of the author's point and the rhetorical strategies he uses to enhance the central idea.

Rhetorical analysis essays demonstrate significant understanding of the passage, its intent, and the rhetorical strategies the author employs.

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attention getter present;

thesis statement present



attention getter present;

thesis statement foreshadows organization of essay



attention getter present, offers background that ties in to attention getter;

thesis statement foreshadows organization of essay



attention getter interesting, offers background that ties in to attention getter; thesis statement foreshadows organization

Strong, effective attention getter; offers effective background that explains attention getter; thesis statement is sophisticated; foreshadows organization of essay

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Restates thesis; contains other summary material but does not bring argument to logical conclusion

Restates thesis and elements of essay; clincher is evident

Restates thesis and elements of essay that prove point; clincher is evident and ties in with attention getter

Restates thesis and elements of essay that prove point; clincher is powerful and ties in with attention getter

Restates thesis,elements of essay that prove point; effectively closes:brings points to logical conclusion; clincher powerful,,ties in with attention getter


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