Grading Rubrics


General Scoring Rubric  |  Career Project Rubric  |  Comparison Contrast Essay Checklist Rubric  |  Rubric for Descriptive Essay

General Scoring RubricGo To Top of Page

6 - The paper is an excellent composition. It is written clearly and efficiently with effective diction and lively language. It has all or most of the following:

  • solid organization
  • clear plan and sense of completeness
  • clearly defined support which includes effective reasoning, vivid details, and unique insight
  • sentence variety and sophistication which enhances impact
  • few or no errors
  • mature specific vocabulary
  • strong voice and tone
  • uses prompt as basis for sharing unique insights or creatively develops prompt

5 - The paper is a solid composition. It has all or most of the following:

  • coherence between introduction, support, and conclusion
  • clearly defined support which includes relevant detail
  • few violations in conventions
  • a variety of sentence structures
  • clear, effective writing
  • expanded vocabulary
  • fully develops the prompt/thesis

4 - The paper is an adequate composition in all elements but there may be some flaws. It has all or most of the following:

  • a clear subject
  • a few minor digressions from the plan but no major digressions
  • generalizations supported by relevant detail
  • some (but not many) violations in conventions
  • some expanded vocabulary
  • develops the major expectation  of the prompt/ thesis

3 - The paper is a minimally adequate composition. It has all or most of the following:

  • a subject somewhat related to the topic
  • digressions from the plan
  • limited support for generalizations
  • some errors in conventions which may impede the reader
  • common vocabulary
  • addresses major intentions of the prompt

2/1 - The paper does not meet minimum expectations. It has all or most of the following:

  • unclear subject/absent main idea
  • major digressions from plan
  • support is simplistic, repetitious, vague, or confusing
  • numerous mechanical errors which may interfere with communication
  • paper too brief or unfinished
  • limited vocabulary/incorrect word choice
  • barely addresses intention of the prompt

Career Project RubricGo To Top of Page

1.     Cover Page and overall professional presentation

   A…………………………………………………………F

2.     Cover Letter

Organization:

   A…………………………………………………………F

Development:

   A…………………………………………………………F

Expression:

   A…………………………………………………………F

3.     Resume

Detail:

   A…………………………………………………………F

Layout:

   A…………………………………………………………F

4.     Application

   A…………………………………………………………F

5.     References

   A…………………………………………………………F

6.     Interview

Organization:

   A…………………………………………………………F

Development:

   A…………………………………………………………F

Expression

   A…………………………………………………………F

7.     Reflection

Organization:

   A…………………………………………………………F

Development:

   A…………………………………………………………F

Expression:

   A…………………………………………………………F

Comparison Contrast Essay Checklist RubricGo To Top of Page

5=Excellent 4=Highly Competent 3=Competent 2=Inadequate Response 1=Numerous Errors

Directions: Score each area on a scale of 1-5

Ideas and Content __________

  • compares and contrasts subjects clearly
  • demonstrates a clear sense of purpose by use of the thesis statement
  • ideas are fully developed
  • opens with an attention-getting introduction
  • ends with an effective conclusion
Sentence Fluency __________
  • includes transitional words and phrases to show relationships
  • among ideas and maintain coherence within and between paragraphs
  • uses a variety of sentence structures
  • sentences are clear and avoid clutter
Organization __________
  • correctly uses a multiple paragraph format
  • organizes ideas logically, using either Block or Point by Point format
  • devotes one paragraph to each main idea
Conventions __________
  • contains no more than two or three minor errors in grammar and usage
  • contains no more than two or three minor errors in capitalization and punctuation
  • words are spelled correctly
18-20 = A
14-16 = B
11-13 = C
8-10 = D
7 and below = F

Total ______ Comments:

Rubric for Descriptive EssayGo To Top of Page

5    An outstanding essay is characterized by most of the following:

  • Essay begins originally and author masterfully reveals tone through concrete detail.
  • Essay presents abundant concrete sensory details with a unique voice.
  • Essay is coherent and organization creatively serves the author's purpose.
  • Figures of speech are creative and apt.
  • Diction is concrete and exemplary, and syntax varied and flows exceptionally well.
  • Uses conventions of written English effectively, with no errors.

4    A strong essay is characterized by many of the following:

  • Essay begins effectively; tone is clear, but voice is less compelling than in a 5 essay.
  • Essay presents numerous concrete sensory details.
  • Essay is coherent and organization serves author's purpose.
  • Figures of speech help to convey author's tone adequately.
  • Diction is concrete and above-average in maturity.  Syntax is varied, but flows less well.
  • Uses conventions of English language effectively, with only a few minor errors.

3    An adequate essay is characterized by many of the following:

  • Introduction adequately engages reader.
  • Essay presents some concrete sensory details of setting and character, but imagery less effective than in a 4 paper.
  • Essay is reasonably coherent, but plan may be flawed, and essay may have small areas of confusion.
  • Essay employs figures of speech, but they are hackneyed.
  • Diction is accurate but pedestrian.  Syntax flows less than a 4 or 5 essay.
  • May contain several minor errors in English conventions, but these errors do not impede the reader’s understanding.

2    An inadequate essay is characterized by many of the following:

  • Introduction does not adequately lead reader into story, nor is theme/reflection clear.
  • Essay may present some concrete sensory details, but subject is not adequately described.
  • Essay is incoherent in areas, and plan does not serve author's purpose.
  • Essay does not employ figurative language.
  • Some diction may be nonstandard or inaccurate; may contain a few sentence errors.
  • Errors in English conventions impede the reader’s understanding.

1    A limited essay is characterized by many of the following:

  • Introduction does not address the prompt or lead reader into the story; there is no attempt to develop theme/reflect on events narrated.
  • Little or no concrete sensory detail is provided.
  • Essay is incoherent and difficult to follow; there is little evidence of an organizational plan.
  • Essay does not employ figurative language.
  • Essay contains numerous sentence errors, and nonstandard or inaccurate diction abounds.
  • Makes many errors in English conventions to the point of inhibiting reader understanding.