Rubrics

Rubric for Microscope Essay

Criteria

Poor

Acceptable

Good/Solid

Exemplary

literary argument

main argument struggles to be debatable, specific, and connect the essay to the story

 

 

POINTS: 2

main argument is debatable, specific, and tries to connect the essay to the story

 

 

POINTS: 4

main argument involves is debatable, narrow, interesting, and connects the essay to the story

 

 

POINTS: 6

main argument it debatable, narrow, interesting, and makes a creative connection between the essay and the story

POINTS: 8

use of “microscope”

struggles to use the essay to examine the story

 

 

POINTS: 2

uses the essay to examine the story

 

 

POINTS: 4

uses the essay to examine the story effectively in a way that shapes the literary argument

POINTS: 6

uses the essay to examine the story in an effective, surprising way that shapes the literary argument

POINTS: 8

development of literary argument

may have illogical, unclear or competing claims and evidence, or claims are under-developed

 

 

POINTS: 2

attempts to examine literary argument with logical and relevant claims and evidence 

 

 

POINTS: 4

develops literary argument with logical, unbiased, relevant claims and evidence

 

 

 

 

POINTS: 6

deeply develops the literary argument with logical, unbiased, relevant and compelling claims and evidence; entertains multiple points of view

POINTS: 8

revision

a few sentences changed here and there

 

 

 

 

POINTS: 0

makes superficial changes to the form and content of the first drafts

 

 

 

 

POINTS: 4

makes substantial changes to the form and content of the first drafts which reflect new ideas

 

 

POINTS: 8

a gutsy rethinking of the first draft in which half or more of the essay reads very differently in an attempt to focus on the literary argument

POINTS: 12

structure

an introduction that states the obvious and a conclusion that restates what’s already been said; paragraphs in between are mainly unrelated

 

 

POINTS: 2

adequate introduction and a conclusion; relationships between the paragraphs mostly clear

 

 

 

 

 

 

POINTS: 4

interesting introduction and conclusion that tries to “land” somewhere; paragraphs in between stack up logically; transition sentences are logical

 

 

POINTS: 6

intriguing introduction and conclusion that “lands” somewhere surprising; paragraphs in between stack up logically, making new, evolving points in every paragraph; transition sentences are creatively done

POINTS: 8

citations

may have a Works Cited; in-essay citations are mainly incorrect

POINTS: 2

MLA-style list of Works Cited; in-essay citations are hit or miss

 

 

POINTS:4

MLA-style list of Works Cited; in-essay citations are  mostly correct in MLA style

POINTS: 6

MLA-style list of Works Cited; in-essay citations are all correct in MLA style

 

 

POINTS: 8

use of sources

quotes and/or paraphrases with weak links to claims and evidence; might mis-read and mis-use sources

POINTS: 1

quotes and/or paraphrases mostly linked to claims and evidence

 

 

 

 

POINTS: 2

quotes and paraphrases linked effectively to arguments and interpretations in essay 

 

 

POINTS: 3

seamlessly integrates quotes and paraphrases, using them in the service of claims and evidence

 

 

POINTS: 4

grammar and mechanics

typos, poor grammar and punctuation detract from the meaning of much of the essay

POINTS: 2

understandable, but contains a distracting number of grammar and punctuation errors

POINTS: 4

mostly free of typos and major grammar and punctuation errors (may have a few)

POINTS: 6

free of typos and major grammar and punctuation errors (may have a few trivial errors)

POINTS: 8

sophistication

struggles with material in the texts, so real sophistication is impossible

 

 

POINTS: 0

Functional; not sophisticated

 

 

 

 

 

 

POINTS: 0

a “solid” essay which is convincing and sometimes surprised me with its level of engagement with texts and the originality of its form and/or content.

POINTS: 1

overall, an interesting read; surprised me with its level of engagement with texts and the originality of its form and content

POINTS: 2

 

 

Total: 13

Total: 30

Total: 48

Total: 66

 

A+       66 - 64

A          63 - 59

A-        58 - 54

B+       53 - 49

B          48 - 44

B-        43 - 39

C+       38 - 34

C         33 - 29

C-        28 - 25

D         24 - 17

F          18 - 0

 

 

 

Rubric for Essay with Literary Argument

Criteria

Poor

Acceptable

Good/Solid

Exemplary

literary argument

main argument struggles to be debatable, specific and/or make a statement about the story

POINTS: 2

main argument is a debatable and specific statement about the story

 

POINTS: 4

main argument is a debatable, narrow, and interesting statement about the story

POINTS: 6

main argument is a debatable, narrow, and creative statement about the story

 

 

POINTS: 8

use of sources

struggles to connect the sources to the story

 

 

 

 

POINTS: 2

makes connections between the sources, the story, and the original claims

 

 

POINTS: 4

effectively uses the sources to help make original claims about the story, in a way that shapes the literary argument

 

 

POINTS: 6

consistently and creatively uses the sources to help make original claims about the story in ways that shape the literary argument

POINTS: 8

development of literary argument

may have illogical, unclear or competing claims and evidence, or claims are under-developed

 

 

POINTS: 2

attempts to examine literary argument with logical and relevant claims and evidence 

 

 

POINTS: 4

develops literary argument with logical, unbiased, relevant claims and evidence

 

 

 

 

POINTS: 6

deeply develops the literary argument with logical, unbiased, relevant and compelling claims and evidence; entertains multiple points of view

POINTS: 8

revision

a few sentences changed here and there

 

 

 

 

POINTS: 0

makes superficial changes to the form and content of the first drafts

 

 

 

 

POINTS: 4

makes substantial changes to the form and content of the first drafts which reflect new ideas

 

 

POINTS: 8

a gutsy rethinking of the first draft in which half or more of the essay reads very differently in an attempt to focus on the literary argument

POINTS: 12

structure

an introduction that states the obvious and a conclusion that restates what’s already been said; paragraphs in between are mainly unrelated

 

 

POINTS: 2

adequate introduction and a conclusion; relationships between the paragraphs mostly clear

 

 

 

 

 

 

POINTS: 4

interesting introduction and conclusion that tries to “land” somewhere; paragraphs in between stack up logically; transition sentences are logical

 

 

POINTS: 6

intriguing introduction and conclusion that “lands” somewhere surprising; paragraphs in between stack up logically, making new, evolving points in every paragraph; transition sentences are creatively done

POINTS: 8

citations

may have a Works Cited; in-essay citations are mainly incorrect

POINTS: 2

MLA-style list of Works Cited; in-essay citations are hit or miss

 

 

POINTS:4

MLA-style list of Works Cited; in-essay citations are  mostly correct in MLA style

POINTS: 6

MLA-style list of Works Cited; in-essay citations are all correct in MLA style

 

 

POINTS: 8

use of sources

quotes and/or paraphrases with weak links to claims and evidence; might mis-read and mis-use sources

POINTS: 1

quotes and/or paraphrases mostly linked to claims and evidence

 

 

 

 

POINTS: 2

quotes and paraphrases linked effectively to arguments and interpretations in essay 

 

 

POINTS: 3

seamlessly integrates quotes and paraphrases, using them in the service of claims and evidence

 

 

POINTS: 4

grammar and mechanics

typos, poor grammar and punctuation detract from the meaning of much of the essay

POINTS: 2

understandable, but contains a distracting number of grammar and punctuation errors

POINTS: 4

mostly free of typos and major grammar and punctuation errors (may have a few)

POINTS: 6

free of typos and major grammar and punctuation errors (may have a few trivial errors)

POINTS: 8

sophistication

struggles with material in the texts, so real sophistication is impossible

 

 

 

 

POINTS: 0

Functional; not sophisticated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POINTS: 0

a solid or a particularly ambitious essay  that was often convincing and sometimes surprised me with its level of engagement with texts and the originality of its form and/or content.

POINTS: 2

overall, an compelling read; surprised me with its level of engagement with texts and the originality of its form and content

 

 

POINTS: 4

 

 

Total: 13

Total: 30

Total: 50

Total: 68

 

 

A+       68 - 65

A          64 - 61

A-        60 - 57

B+       56 - 52

B          51 - 46

B-        45 - 41

C+       40 - 36

C         35 - 30

C-        29 - 25

D         24 - 17

F          18 - 0

 

 

 

 

 

Rubric for 7-9 page Research Essay

Criteria

Poor

Acceptable

Good/Solid

Exemplary

literary argument

main argument struggles to be debatable, specific and/or make a statement about the story

POINTS: 2

main argument is a debatable and specific statement about the story

 

POINTS: 4

main argument is a debatable, narrow, and interesting statement about the story

POINTS: 6

main argument is a debatable, narrow, and creative statement about the story

 

 

POINTS: 8

use of sources

struggles to connect the sources to the story

 

 

 

 

POINTS: 2

makes connections between the sources, the story, and the original claims

 

 

POINTS: 4

effectively uses the sources to help make original claims about the story, in a way that shapes the literary argument

 

 

POINTS: 6

consistently and creatively uses the sources to help make original claims about the story in ways that shape the literary argument

POINTS: 8

development of literary argument

may have illogical, unclear or competing claims and evidence, or claims are under-developed

 

 

POINTS: 2

attempts to examine literary argument with logical and relevant claims and evidence 

 

 

POINTS: 4

develops literary argument with logical, unbiased, relevant claims and evidence

 

 

 

 

POINTS: 6

deeply develops the literary argument with logical, unbiased, relevant and compelling claims and evidence; entertains multiple points of view

POINTS: 8

revision

a few sentences changed here and there

 

 

 

 

POINTS: 0

makes superficial changes to the form and content of the first drafts

 

 

 

 

POINTS: 4

makes substantial changes to the form and content of the first drafts which reflect new ideas

 

 

POINTS: 8

a gutsy rethinking of the first draft in which half or more of the essay reads very differently in an attempt to focus on the literary argument

POINTS: 12

structure

an introduction that states the obvious and a conclusion that restates what’s already been said; paragraphs in between are mainly unrelated

 

 

POINTS: 2

adequate introduction and a conclusion; relationships between the paragraphs mostly clear

 

 

 

 

 

 

POINTS: 4

interesting introduction and conclusion that tries to “land” somewhere; paragraphs in between stack up logically; transition sentences are logical

 

 

POINTS: 6

intriguing introduction and conclusion that “lands” somewhere surprising; paragraphs in between stack up logically, making new, evolving points in every paragraph; transition sentences are creatively done

POINTS: 8

citations

may have a Works Cited; in-essay citations are mainly incorrect

POINTS: 2

MLA-style list of Works Cited; in-essay citations are hit or miss

 

 

POINTS:4

MLA-style list of Works Cited; in-essay citations are  mostly correct in MLA style

POINTS: 6

MLA-style list of Works Cited; in-essay citations are all correct in MLA style

 

 

POINTS: 8

use of sources

quotes and/or paraphrases with weak links to claims and evidence; might mis-read and mis-use sources

POINTS: 1

quotes and/or paraphrases mostly linked to claims and evidence

 

 

 

 

POINTS: 2

quotes and paraphrases linked effectively to arguments and interpretations in essay 

 

 

POINTS: 3

seamlessly integrates quotes and paraphrases, using them in the service of claims and evidence

 

 

POINTS: 4

grammar and mechanics

typos, poor grammar and punctuation detract from the meaning of much of the essay

POINTS: 2

understandable, but contains a distracting number of grammar and punctuation errors

POINTS: 4

mostly free of typos and major grammar and punctuation errors (may have a few)

POINTS: 6

free of typos and major grammar and punctuation errors (may have a few trivial errors)

POINTS: 8

sophistication

struggles with material in the texts, so real sophistication is impossible

 

 

POINTS: 0

Functional; not sophisticated

 

 

 

 

 

 

POINTS: 0

an ambitious essay  that was often convincing and sometimes surprised me with its level of engagement with texts and the originality of its form and/or content.

POINTS: 2

overall, an compelling read; surprised me with its level of engagement with texts and the originality of its form and content

POINTS: 4

 

 

Total: 13

Total: 30

Total: 50

Total: 68

 

 

A+       68 - 65

A          64 - 61

A-        60 - 57

B+       56 - 52

B          51 - 46

B-        45 - 41

C+       40 - 36

C         35 - 30

C-        29 - 25

D         24 - 17

F          18 - 0

 

 

Rubric for In-Class Essay

Criteria

Poor

Acceptable

Good/Solid

Exemplary

treatment of question

struggles to use microscope and state a literary argument

POINTS: 2

uses microscope and has a literary main argument

POINTS: 4

uses microscope and integrates it with literary main argument

POINTS: 6

use of microscope is creative, and well-integrated with main argument

POINTS: 8

development of literary argument

may have illogical, unclear or competing claims and evidence, or claims are under-developed

 

 

POINTS: 2

attempts to examine literary argument with logical and relevant claims and evidence 

 

 

POINTS: 4

develops literary argument with logical, unbiased, relevant claims and evidence

 

 

 

 

POINTS: 6

deeply develops the literary argument with logical, unbiased, relevant and compelling claims and evidence; entertains multiple points of view

POINTS: 8

structure

an introduction that states the obvious and a conclusion that restates what’s already been said; paragraphs in between are mainly unrelated or repetitious

POINTS: 2

adequate introduction and conclusion; relationships between the paragraphs mostly clear

 

 

 

 

POINTS: 4

solid introduction and a conclusion that tries to “land” somewhere; paragraphs in between stack up logically

 

 

 

 

POINTS: 6

interesting introduction and a conclusion that “lands” somewhere; paragraphs make distinct, evolving points in every paragraph

 

 

POINTS: 8

use of sources

quotes and/or paraphrases with weak links to claims and evidence; might mis-read and mis-use sources

POINTS: 1

quotes and/or paraphrases mostly linked to claims and evidence

 

 

 

 

POINTS: 2

quotes and paraphrases linked effectively to arguments and interpretations in essay 

 

 

POINTS: 3

seamlessly integrates quotes and paraphrases, using them in the service of claims and evidence

 

 

POINTS: 4

grammar and mechanics

typos, poor grammar and punctuation detract from the meaning of much of the essay

POINTS: 2

understandable, but contains a distracting number of grammar and punctuation errors

POINTS: 4

mostly free of typos and major grammar and punctuation errors (may have a few)

POINTS: 6

free of typos and major grammar and punctuation errors (may have a few trivial errors)

POINTS: 8

sophistication

(extra credit)

struggles with material in the texts, so real sophistication is impossible

 

 

POINTS: 0

Functional; not sophisticated

 

 

 

 

 

 

POINTS: 0

a “solid” essay which is convincing and sometimes surprised me with its level of engagement with texts and the originality of its form and/or content.

POINTS: 1

overall, an interesting read; surprised me with its level of engagement with texts and the originality of its form and content

POINTS: 2

 

 

Total: 9

Total: 18

Total: 27

Total: 36

 

 

A+       36 - 35

A          34 - 33

A-        32 - 31

B+       30 - 28

B          27 - 25

B-        24 - 22

C+       21 - 19

C         18 - 17

C-        16 - 15

D         14 - 12

F          11 - 0