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-The grades in this rubric correspond to the grades given for the course. 

-Since there are 10 criteria for evaluating an essay, it is possible to earn 1000 points, which then must be divided by 1000, and multiplied by 100: 1000 divided by 1000 = 1, multiplied by 100 + 100% or A.  This is the highest grade possible one can earn. 

If, for example, you earn 89 in each of the 10 categories, you have earned 890 points, which you divide by 1000, and the result is 0.89.  You multiply 0.89 by 100, and your grade is 89% or a B+.




Student’s Name:                                                               ​​​​​​​​​​Total Score:


             A= 93-100

A- = 90-92

B+ = 87-89

             B = 83-86

             B- = 80-82


C+ = 77-79

C = 73-76

C- = 69-72

D+ = 66-68 

D = 63-65

D- * 60-62 

   At Lehman College,

  “D-” is a failing grade.


Less Than D- = F or 

a“ 0”




A statement of your argument; the essay's "main idea"

An exceptional thesis/claim that responds to the assignment

An effective thesis/claim that responds to the assignment

A somewhat effective thesis/claim that somewhat responds to the assignment

No thesis/claim, one that does not make sense, or one that does not respond to the assignment



Supporting Ideas/  Evidence

Ideas and evidence that support your thesis/claim, including appropriate set-ups for secondary sources

Exceptional supporting ideas/evidence that make logical sense.

Effective supporting ideas/evidence that make logical sense

Supporting ideas/

evidence, which somewhat make sense

Either very few or no supporting ideas/evidence or ideas/evidence which do not make sense



Analysis of Supporting  Ideas/Evidence

Logical connection of ideas/ evidence to your thesis/claim

Exceptional explanations that connect the ideas/evidence to the thesis/claim

Effective explanations that connect the ideas/evidence to the thesis/claim

Somewhat effective

explanations that connect the ideas/evidence to the thesis/claim

Ineffective or no connection of ideas/evidence to the





A preview of the essay body that includes a thesis/claim and gives its context

An exceptional introduction that includes a thesis/claim, its context and a preview of the essay body

An effective introduction that includes a thesis/claim, its context and a preview of the essay body

A somewhat effective introduction that includes a thesis/claim, its context and a preview of the essay body

No introduction, or an introduction without a thesis/claim, context or preview of the essay body



Body Paragraphs and  Transitions

Organization at the paragraph level; each paragraph has a clear topic or implied Topic Sentence stating its main idea and supporting sentences. There are clear connections—transitions--from one paragraph to another and within the paragraphs, connecting sentences.



within paragraphs

Paragraphs with exceptional topic sentences, supporting sentences and concluding sentences

Exceptional transitions between and within paragraphs

Paragraphs with effective topic sentences, supporting sentences and concluding sentences

Effective transitions between and within paragraphs

Paragraphs with somewhat effective topic sentences, supporting sentences and concluding sentences

Somewhat effective transitions between and within paragraphs

Paragraphs with ineffective or no topic sentences, supporting sentences or concluding


Ineffective or no transitions between or within paragraphs




Either a fresh restatement of

thesis/claim, or another original way to conclude and have a thoughtful ending to the essay

An exceptional conclusion

An effective conclusion

A somewhat effective or off- topic conclusion

Ineffective or no conclusion




Vocabulary, sentence structure and variety used to establish a unique writer's voice

Exceptionally advanced and complex vocabulary, frequently varied sentence structure and length

Effectively advanced and complex vocabulary, occasionally varied sentence structure and length

A mostly accurate vocabulary, some varied sentence structure and length

Inaccurate vocabulary; rarely varied sentence structure and length




An appropriate use of language that shows an awareness of audience, purpose and occasion

A tone that shows an

exceptional awareness of audience. purpose and occasion

A tone that shows an effective awareness of audience, purpose and occasion

A tone that shows a somewhat effective awareness of

audience, purpose and occasion

A tone that shows ineffective or no awareness of audience, purpose and occasion



Grammar & Usage

No unintended run-ons or fragments, correct subject-verb & pronoun-antecedent agreement, and correct tense, and other areas of grammar; correct punctuation, capitalization and spelling

Exceptional control of grammar and writing conventions with no errors

Effective control of grammar and writing conventions, with few errors that do not prevent understanding

Somewhat effective control of grammar and writing conventions, with occasional errors that limit understanding

A lack of control of grammar and writing conventions, with frequent errors that prevent understanding




12-point font, correct margins and spacing, full heading on the paper, correct academic pagination style, correct naming of Written Assignment file attachments, and other assignment-specific directions

Correct formatting

Mostly correct formatting

Somewhat correct formatting

Incorrect formatting