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Criteria Ratings Pts
Description of criterion
threshold: pts
10 pts
Excellent
8 pts
Good
7 pts
Fair
3 pts
Poor
0 pts
Failing
pts
10 pts
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I. Summary:
Provides an accurate summary or overview of text being analyzed at beginning of essay to orient reader. Summary is at most two to three sentences.
threshold: pts
10 pts
Excellent
8 pts
Rating Description
7 pts
Fair
3 pts
Poor
0 pts
Failing
pts
10 pts
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II. Idea/Thesis:
Establishes a position about the text being interpreted. Provides clear motivation re: why the writer’s question about the text needs to be resolved.
threshold: pts
10 pts
Excellent
8 pts
Good
7 pts
Fair
3 pts
Poor
0 pts
Failing
pts
10 pts
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III. Analysis of Evidence: Context
A. Provides context for the points being introduced & evaluated in the primary source.
threshold: pts
10 pts
Excellent
8 pts
Good
7 pts
Fair
3 pts
Poor
0 pts
Failing
pts
10 pts
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III. Analysis of Evidence: Quotes
B. Quotes any material accurately; only quotes what is absolutely necessary (quotes are not more that 1/3 of the total essay).
threshold: pts
10 pts
Excellent
8 pts
Good
7 pts
Fair
3 pts
Poor
0 pts
Failing
pts
10 pts
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III. Analysis of Evidence: Context
C. Provides transitions from any quoted material to own idea about this material (makes clear what each quotation is an example of).
threshold: pts
10 pts
Excellent
8 pts
Good
7 pts
Fair
0 pts
Failing
pts
10 pts
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III. Analysis of Evidence: Use of Secondary Sources
Optional (depends upon assignment): Introduces relevant evidence from secondary sources to support or challenge position being argued; uses sources to make own point (rather than just report others’ thoughts).
threshold: pts
10 pts
Excellent
8 pts
Good
7 pts
Fair
3 pts
Poor
0 pts
Failing
pts
10 pts
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III. Analysis of Evidence: Coherence
Creates strong links between sections of the essay, to show how, taken together, the subpoints “add up” to the writer’s own thesis/idea about this topic.
threshold: pts
10 pts
Excellent
8 pts
Good
7 pts
Fair
3 pts
Poor
0 pts
No Marks
pts
10 pts
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IV. Conclusion: .
Clearly pulls together the idea of the essay and the evidence introduced; concludes with a final evaluation
threshold: pts
10 pts
Excellent
8 pts
Good
7 pts
Fair
0 pts
Failing
pts
10 pts
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V. Grammar/Style:
Essay is free of spelling/mechanical errors and typos, clearly revised and copy-edited to the best of the writer’s ability.
threshold: pts
10 pts
Excellent
8 pts
Good
7 pts
Fair
3 pts
Poor
0 pts
Failing
pts
10 pts
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Total Points: 100.0 out of 100.0