Nancy Uber-Kellogg

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Draft Rubric for Essay Writing
March 6, 2015

Dimension Mastered Developing Learning Needs Remedial Help
Choice of Subject

_ Writer has chosen a single subject that she/he can explore within the scope of the assignment

_ Writer has chosen a single subject that she/he either cannot explore fully within the scope of the assignment OR is not a large enough subject to explore

_ Writer chose more than one subject so that she/he does not have a single subject for the essay

_ Writer did not choose a subject OR (see point of significance)
OR_
Writer summarized readings only

Point of Significance

_ Writer makes a point or raises a question about the subject that she/he can effectively explore in the essay

_ Writer states something about the subject that she/he can only partially explore in the essay.

_ Writer states more than one thing about the multiple subjects that she/he can only partially explore in the essay.

_ Writer does not makea point about the subject.

Focus Statement

_ Writer has created a focusstatement that allows her/him to explore the subject and the point or question she/he raises about it fully.

_ The focus statement provides an opportunity for the writer to push her/his thinking.

_ Writer has created a focus statement that allows her/him to explore the subject and the point or question she/he raises about it to some degree.

_ The focus statement provides an opportunity for the writer to present her/his thinking but not necessarily to reach for new understanding.

_ Writer has created afocus statement that presents multiple subjects and the points or questions she/he raises about them.

_ The focus statement either has too many moving parts (subjects and points) or the point(s) are clichés that will not further the writer’s thinking significantly.

Writer has not created a focus statement.

Organization

_The focus statementprovides an organizational plan for the essay.

_ The essay follows the plan provided by the focus statement.

_The focus statement provides an organizational plan for the essay.

_ The essay does not follow the plan entirely. One or two elements of the plan are either out of order or missing.

_The focus statement serves as an organizational plan.

_ The essay follows just one or two elements of the plan.

_ The essay either follows a plan that has not been presented in a focus statement or jumps from subject to subject and/or point to point.