Argumentative Essay Rubric

Part of Paper

Superior

(95-100)

Excellent

(90-94)

Good

(85-89)

Fair

(80-84)

Poor

(75-79)

Very Poor

(70-74)

Failing

(Below 70)

Invention-50pts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assignment-5pts

Student completely fulfills assignment requirements-5pts

Student completely fulfills assignment requirements-5pts

Student completely fulfills assignment requirements-5pts

Student partially fulfills assignment requirements (almost all)-4pts.

Student partially fulfills assignment requirements (almost all)-4pts.

Student partially fulfills assignment requirements (almost all)-4pts.

Studentís work in no way relates to assignment-under under 4pts.

Thesis-10pts

 

Studentís thesis is a clear, arguable, well developed, and definitive statement of position.It answers a why or how question-

9-10pts.

Studentís thesis is a clear, arguable, definitive statement of position that answers a why or how question-

8pts.

Studentís thesis is a clear and arguable statement of position that answers a why or how question-7pts.

Studentís thesis is a clear, arguable statement of position-6pts.

Studentís thesis is an arguable s clear, arguable statement of position-6pts.

Studentís thesis is an outline of points; it is not an arguable statement of position-5pts.

Studentís work does not have a thesis-under 5pts.

Development-10pts.

Studentís paper demonstrates a logical, mature, and thoroughdevelopment of points that support the thesis-10pts.

Studentís paper demonstrates a logical and thoroughdevelopment of points that support the thesis-9pts.

Studentís paper demonstrates adequate development of points that support the thesis-8pts.

Studentís paper demonstrates an adequate development of points that support the thesis-8pts.

Studentís paper demonstrates an attempt at adequate development of points that support the thesis-8pts.

Studentís paper presents a superficial development of points, many of which do not support the thesis-7pts.

Studentís paper does not present any evidence of development of points that support the thesis-under 7pts.

Evidence:

Analysis-17pts.

Synthesis-3pts.

Student presents relevant and fully analyzed textual evidence to support the thesis following the evidence formula-16-17pts.

Student synthesizes textual evidence and points back to thesis statement-3pts.

Student presents relevant and fully analyzed textual evidence to support the thesis-15-16pts.

Student synthesizes textual evidence-3pts.

Student presents relevant and adequately analyzed textual evidence to support the thesis-14pts.

Student makes an attempt at synthesis-3pts.

Student presents relevant and partially analyzed textual evidence to support the thesis-13pts.

Student makes an attempt at synthesis-3pts.

Student presents textual evidence that is not analyzed or is analyzed but does not support the thesis-12pts.

Student makes an attempt at synthesis-3pts.

Studentís textual evidence is irrelevant and is not analyzed-11pts.

Student makes no attempt at synthesis-under 3pts.

Student provides no textual evidence to support the thesisóunder 11 pts.

Student makes no attempt at synthesis-under 3pts.

Opposition/

Refutation-5pts

Student clearly and fully explains opposition and persuasively refutes it-5p

Student clearly and fully explains opposition and persuasively refutes it-5p

Studentexplains opposition and gives refutation-4p

Student explains opposition and gives refutation-4p

Student does not explain opposition or does not refute-3p

Student does not include op./ref. in paper-under 3pts.

Student does not include op./ref. in paper- under 3pts.

 

 

 

 

 

Argumentative Essay Rubric, Cont.

Part of Paper

Superior

(95-100)

Excellent

(90-94)

Good

(85-89)

Fair

(80-84)

Poor

(75-79)

Very Poor

(70-74)

Failing

(Below 70)

Organi-

zation-30pts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intro-

Duction-10pts.

Introduction is thoroughly developed, introducing the general subject of the paper and narrowing down to the thesis statement (resembles funnel).It mentions title and author of work discussed, and fully gives the context and background of that work-10pts.

Introduction is adequately developed, introducing the general subject of the paper and narrowing down to the thesis statement It states title and author of work discussed, and adequately gives the context and background of that work-9pts.

Introduction is adequately developed. It mentions the title and author of the work discussed, but does not give the context and background of the work-8pts.

Introduction is superficially developed.It does not provide context and background of the work discussed, but does mention the title and author of that work-8pts.

Introduction is superficially developed, not narrowing from the general subject of the paper to the thesis statement.Does not provide context, background, title, and author of the work discussed-8pts

Introduction contains little development, providing neither the general subject of the paper nor the background and context of the work discussed.It fails to give the title and author of that work-7pts.

Introduction is not developed.It does not provide the general subject matter of the work nor the background, context, title, and author of the work discussed-under 7pts.

Body-15pts.

Body has a clear shape that demonstrates mature organization.All paragraphs contain one main idea and supporting sentences.Appropriate transitions are used-14-15pts.

Body has a clear shape that demonstrates adequate organization.All paragraphs contain one main idea and supporting sentences.Appropriate transitions are used-13pts.

Body suggests shape and shows adequate organization.All paragraphs contain one main idea and supporting sentences.Appropriate transitions are used-13pts.

Body has no discernable shape and shows superficial organization.Paragraphs contain more than one idea.Transitions are superficial-12pts.

Body has no shape and shows some attempt at organization.Paragraphing is haphazard and transitions are superficial-12pts.

Body has no shape and shows little attempt at organization.Paragraphing is haphazard and no transitions are used-

11pts.

Body has no shape and shows no attempt at organization.Paragraphing is haphazard and no transitions are used-under 11pts.

Conclusion-5pts.

Presents ideas in intro. in a fresh way; resembles pyramid-5pts.

Presents ideas in intro. in a fresh way; resembles pyramid-5pt

Re-states ideas in intro; resembles pyramid-5pts.

Re-states ideas in intro; resembles pyramid-5pts.

Re-states ideas in intro; resembles pyramid-5pts.

Re-states ideas in intro-5pts.

There is no concl. or it is not related to paper-under 5pt

Style-20pts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grammar, spelling, punctuation-10pts.

Shows little or no grammar, spelling and/or punctuation errors-9-10pt

Shows few grammar, spelling and/or punctuation errors-8pts

Shows few grammar, spelling, and/or punctuation errors-8pts.

Shows many mistakes in these areas-7pts.

Mistakes begin to prevent reader from following the paper-6pts.

Mistakes begin to

prevent reader from following the paper-

6pts.

Mistakes prevent reader from following paper-

Under 6pts.

Sentence structure-5pts

Uses mature and varied sentence structures-5pts.

Uses mature and varied sentence structures-5pts.

Uses varied sentence structures-5pts.

Uses varied sentence structures-5pts.

Uses immature, unvarying sentence structures-4pts.

Uses immature, unvarying sentence structures-4pts.

Uses all simple sentence structures-

Under 4pts.

Diction-5pts.

Uses mature and precise diction-5pts.

Uses mature and precise diction-5pts.

Uses varied diction-5pts.

Uses varied diction-5pts.

Uses immature, imprecise diction-4pts.

Uses immature, imprecise diction-4pts.

Uses inappropriate diction-under 4pts