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Introduction
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Step 1. Read Essays
Essay 1
Essay 2
Essay 3
Step 2. Evaluate Essays
Analytic Rubric
Holistic Rubric

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Analytic Rubric
 
Analysis

5 Strongly controlled thesis statement demonstrates strong insight into topic and clear understanding of the work; writing show synthesis of ideas, placing specifics in larger context, and other examples of higher level thinking skills.
4 Controlled thesis statement demonstrates insight into topic and understanding of work; writing shows some examples of higher level thinking skills.
3 Limited or confused thesis statement with limited support in writing; writing supports some of the arguments offered in support of the thesis
2 Confused and poorly supported thesis statement shows limited understanding of the work; writing does not present specific ideas connected to the larger context or synthesis of thoughts.
1 There is no thesis statement or thesis statement is irrelevant to text; writing shows no clear understanding of the work or its parts.

References and Evidence

5 Provides ample, specific, and appropriate text references and other evidence that support thesis and follow the conventional form of documentation.
4 Provides some specific and appropriate text references and other evidence that support thesis and follow the conventional form of documentation.
3 Provides few text references and other evidence in support of thesis statement that may or may not follow the conventional form of documentation.
2 Provides few text reference or other evidence; inconsistent use of conventional form of documentation
1 Provides no text references or other supporting evidence

Organization and Development

5 Provides superior organization that always reflects clarity of purpose through a coherent structure, supporting details, and fully understandable transitions
4 Provides organization that often reflects clarity of purpose with a structure, supporting details, and transitions.
3 Acceptable organization that underscores purpose; supporting details, while present, are not abundant; transitions are often but not always smooth for readers
2 Organization does not support purpose; it is hard for readers to discern structure of text. Generalities used in support of ideas.
1 There is no organization in the essay.

Usage and Mechanics

5 Word choices are highly appropriate for intended audience; sentences are varied; there are no errors in punctuation, spelling, or grammar.
4 Word choices are often appropriate for intended audience; sentences are usually varied; there are limited errors in punctuation, spelling, or grammar.
3 Word choices are occasionally appropriate for intended audience; sentences are sometimes varied; there are errors in punctuation, spelling, or grammar.
2 Word choices are seldom appropriate for intended audience; sentences are not varied, there are many errors in punctuation, spelling, or grammar.
1 Word choices are inappropriate and confusing to intended audience; sentences are elementary or nonexistent; writing show no effort in addressing proper conventions of punctuation, spelling, or grammar.

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