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Essay 3 Rubric
Essay 3 Rubric
Criteria Ratings Pts
CONTENT
This essay should demonstrate your ability to take a topic, explain it thoroughly, share your views on it logically and effectively, state and, eventually, prove your thesis. You show both sides of the argument by including counterarguments in your essay. At least five credible sources are used in your paper and are listed accurately on your Works Cited page, which should be a separate page at the end of the essay. Three of the sources must come from the online databases available through SSCC’s library website.
threshold: pts
30 pts
Excellent
26 pts
Good
22 pts
Average
18 pts
Needs major improvement
pts
30 pts
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ORGANIZATION
This essay begins with a strong introduction of the topic and continues in a logical direction with developed body paragraphs to back up your thesis statement, effective topic sentences and transitions, and, finally, a solid conclusion. Each paragraph should be putting forth a worthwhile main point that supports the essay’s thesis. A strong thesis statement is at the end of the first paragraph.
threshold: pts
25 pts
Excellent
20 pts
Good
18 pts
Average
15 pts
Needs major improvement
pts
25 pts
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CORRECTNESS
Language use (sentence structure, syntax and vocabulary), grammar (pronoun/antecedent clarity and agreement; subject/verb agreement, consistent and appropriate use of verb tense and type), and mechanics (punctuation, spelling, formatting) respect conventions of accepted edited English usage. Your finished version demonstrates careful and thoughtful editing and proofreading. As applicable, you correctly and fully attribute data quoted, paraphrased, or summarized from other sources or individuals in the context of your essay. In-text citations and the Works Cited page are correctly formatted.
threshold: pts
20 pts
Excellent
16 pts
Good
14 pts
Average
12 pts
Needs major improvement
pts
20 pts
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WRITER'S STYLE
The essay demonstrates a tone that is appropriate for an academic essay. The essay is entertaining and maintains a consistent voice throughout the paper. Your paper has a variety of sentence lengths and a variety of ways that sentences begin. You do not use “I” statements.
threshold: pts
15 pts
Excellent
12 pts
Good
11 pts
Average
10 pts
Needs major improvement
pts
15 pts
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PRESENTATION & FORMAT
The paper must be a minimum of 5 full pages and no more than 7 pages. The essay must be double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12-point font. Margins are 1” and the spacing for the identifying information, title, and paragraphs are correctly executed. Consistently number your pages (keeping the same font as your essay’s font) and make sure the Works Cited page is on a separate page at the end of the essay.
threshold: pts
10 pts
Excellent
8 pts
Good
7 pts
Average
6 pts
Needs major improvement
pts
10 pts
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Total Points: 100 out of 100