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Rubric for Ancillary #1—”The Home Essay” GEW 101 — Hall — Fall 2016
An “A” essay (9 or 10): • Completes all the directives of the prompt • Demonstrates original and insightful thought—it makes me wonder, question, laugh, cry . . . it definitely makes me want to read more and does not bore me • Demonstrates creative and honest engagement with course material • Makes use of specific examples or evidence that support/explain the writer’s point of view • Follows a logical pattern of organization—I can easily understand why ideas are grouped together the way they are • Shows me connections from one idea to the next • Uses the codes and conventions of language (including word choice, grammar, and punctuation) to communicate ideas precisely • Follows MLA format correctly • Is submitted on time A
“B” essay (8): • Completes most of the directives of the prompt • Demonstrates critical thought that attempts to explore course material, but may be surface-level • Makes some use of examples or evidence that support/explain the writer’s point of view, but may be limited • Shows an attempt at organization, but I may have to do some of the work to make connections on my own • Shows familiarity with the codes and conventions of language (including word choice, grammar, and punctuation) to communicate ideas, but errors accumulate • Attempts to follow MLA format correctly A
“C” essay (7): • Completes some of the directives of the prompt • Demonstrates thought, but doesn’t really impress me at all • Provides very little evidence that support/explain the writer’s point of view • Shows weak organization • Shows limited understanding of or careless attention to the codes and conventions of language • Makes little effort to follow MLA format A
“D” essay (6): • Upsets me (and not in a good way) • Demonstrates little to no care for the directives of the prompt • Offers vague observations or meaningless restatement of other people’s ideas, often with no attribution • Shows weak or no organization—I read this essay and think, “Holy cow! What is going on here?” • Shows careless attention to the codes and conventions of languages • Makes little to no effort to follow MLA format • Conveys the impression that the writer has better things to do than write this essay
“F” essay (5): • Is offensive, incomplete, or missing entirely