LITR211

EXEMPLARY LEVEL

A

90-100

ACCOMPLISHED

LEVEL

B

80-89

DEVELOPING

LEVEL

C

70-79

BEGINNING

LEVEL

D

60-69

Points

/100

Purpose and Audience

(20 Points)

The writing engages the reader with an original approach to the subject.

It may artfully encompass conflicting ideas and inspire the reader to contemplate the relationship of complex ideas.

The writing clearly goes beyond the minimum requirements of the assignment.

It attempts to engage the reader through originality and presentation of complex ideas.

The writing meets the minimum requirements of the assignment, but no more.

It offers minimal insight into the subject through basic logic and the presentation of ideas based on some evidence.

The writing fails to meet the minimum requirements of the assignment.

It does not offer insight into the subject and has serious flaws in logic and omissions in evidence.

/20

Topic, Thesis and Support

(20 Points)

The essay complies with topic and assignment criteria.

The writing has a clearly articulated original thesis and eloquent subordinate subtopics supported by reliable and relevant evidence based on original research.

Main ideas are not lost in surrounding supporting evidence.

The essay generally complies with topic and assignment criteria with minor deviation.

The writing has a clearly articulated thesis and adequate supported by appropriate evidence and sound logic.

Minor gaps in logic and argument may appear.

Main ideas can be distinguished from supporting evidence with some effort.

The essay deviates from the topic and/or assignment criteria with distracting results.

The writing has a thesis and some related subordinate ideas supported by appropriate evidence [a tad more is in order].

Main ideas cannot always be distinguished.

The essay does not comply with topic or assignment criteria.

Writing may need a more clearly articulated thesis and/or appropriate related subordinate ideas.

Fuzzy logic may be evident and adequate supporting evidence is lacking.

/20

Organization

(20 Points)

The writing flows smoothly and logically from a well-defined thesis.

Body paragraphs support topics identified in the thesis.

It contains an appropriate introduction, conclusion, and smooth transitions.

The writing is organized logically and flows well.

An introduction and conclusion are evident.

Body paragraphs generally support thesis subtopics.

The writing demonstrates rudimentary organization and logical structure, but ideas may be more fully developed and supported by more appropriate evidence.

Body paragraphs frequently deviate from thesis subtopics.

The writing is noticeably lacking in organization.

There is no clear introduction nor conclusion and ideas are neither carefully nor fully developed.

Body paragraphs wander and have no correlation to thesis or subtopics, if any have been identified.

Supporting evidence is clearly lacking.

/20

Style

(10 Points)

The writing engages the reader through an original prose style appropriate to the subject.

Language is precise.

Sentences are varied to provide interest.

Third person narrative voice is used.

All quoted or paraphrased material is properly documented and cited in MLA style.

Annotations are included, when appropriate.

The writing keeps the reader’s attention through a carefully crafted prose style.

Language chosen is appropriate to the subject, but may call attention to itself in minor ways.

There are minor lapses in third person narrative voice.

Most quoted and paraphrased material is properly documented and cited in MLA style.

Annotations are included, when appropriate.

The writing is clear but could be expressed in a style more appropriate to the subject.

It is jargon-free but may require a more complete explanation of some terms used.

There are frequent lapses into first or second person narrative voice.

Sources are documented and cited but need to show greater consistency in use of MLA style.

Annotations missing or completed incorrectly.

The writing lacks clarity and is sometimes confusing.

The language chosen is not appropriate to the subject nor the assignment.

First or second person narrative voice is used to distraction.

Sources are overly quoted or paraphrased and not adequately documented nor cited in MLA style.

Annotations missing.

/10

Grammar and Mechanics

(20 Points)

The writing is free of proofreading errors.

The writing contains sentences that are always complete and grammatically correct, and free of confusion and ambiguity.

The writing may exhibit a few minor errors in proofreading, but they do not impair the flow of the reading.

The writing contains sentences that are complete or which imply unstated connections and/or conclusions.

The writing could benefit from additional proofreading, as some errors impede the flow of the reading.

The writing contains some grammatical errors easily corrected. Additional proofreading would help eliminate errors.

The writing exhibits substantial errors in proofreading.

The writing is confusing and ambiguous owing to substantial errors of grammar and syntax.

There is no evidence of proofreading, editing, or rewriting.

/20

Formatting

(10 Points)

Student provides a high-caliber, formatted assignment in proper MLA style.

Assignment presents an above-average use of formatting skills with few errors in MLA style.

Appearance of final assignment demonstrates an average to below average ability use MLA style formatting.

Appearance of the final assignment is distracting.

The number of MLA style formatting errors impedes easy reading.

/10