Personal Essay Grading Rubric
The essay has:
– well-developed arguments.
– a clear conclusion.
The piece includes some (but not all) of a strong theme, an identifiable conclusion, and a logical flow of arguments/ideas.
Problems with the essay’s organization/development prevent it from being persuasive and easily understood.
The author demonstrates:
– creative word choices.
Sentence structure is clear and easy to understand.
The author experiments, as appropriate, with various sentence lengths and structures.
Efforts to create a personal style are evident. The author uses some creative language and original expression.
The piece is dominated by conventional ideas, language, and structure. Anyone could have written it.
– conforms to the expected format stipulations (Times New Roman typeface, 12 pt. font, double-spaced).
– responds appropriately to the assigned prompt.
Inaccuracies and non-traditional formatting make the piece difficult to understand.