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10.2: Sample Grading Rubrics

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    The following pages show a variety of sample grading rubrics. We have also included a rubric from Freshman Composition to give you an idea of what may be expected in your college-level writing course.

    Sample Rubric #1 - High Intermediate/Advanced Academic Writing Courses

    Name: _________________________________________ Draft #1 - ___________/12 = __________%

    WRITING ASSIGNMENT: _____________________________________ Final Draft - __________/12 = ___________%

    1= minimal 2=adequate 3= strong 4= excellent
    Development The essay does not respond to the topic or may not be sufficiently focused. The main idea is addressed with a thesis but it may be imprecisely worded or insufficiently focused. Addresses assignment with clear thesis. The main idea is clearly addressed with a strong thesis.
    Organization There is minimal organization. There is no clear introduction, conclusion or topic sentences. Essay is passably organized but the support details are thin at times. There are some topic sentences and a weak introduction and/or conclusion. Essay is generally well organized and uses effective details to support thesis. The introduction and/or conclusion are good and the topic sentences are appropriate. The essay is well organized. It uses appropriate and effective details and analysis to support the thesis. Both the conclusion and introduction are excellent and the topic sentences are strong.
    Mechanics Many spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors.These errors get in the way of understanding the paper. Some spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. At times, these errors get in the way of understanding the paper. Few spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. These errors occasionally get in the way of understanding the paper. Hardly any spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. These errors rarely get in the way of understanding the paper.

    Comments:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Credit: Beth Wallace, Assistant Professor, Georgia State University Perimeter College

    Sample Rubric #2 - High Intermediate/Advanced Academic Writing Courses

    Advanced ESL Writing Name____________________________

    Essay Scoring Guidelines

    Criteria Essays
    Exceeds Expectations Meets Expectations Needs Improvement 1 2 3 4
    Content and Organization (10 points) Well-developed with excellent thesis Well-organized (7 points) Adequate development Adequate Thesis Adequately organized (4 points) Minimum amount of development or offtopic. Inadequate or Missing Thesis Problems with organization (Max=7)
    Grammar/ Mechanics (25 points) Very few grammar and mechanical errors (19 points) Average number of grammar and mechanical errors (15 points) Numerous grammar and mechanical errors (Max=18)
    Format (5 points) Double spaced, Written in ink, Appropriate Indentation, Appropriate capitalization Correct Length (Max=5)
    Totals: (Essay #1=30 points, Essays #2,3,4=40 points)
    Instructor Comments
    Diagnostic Essay
    Essay #2
    Essay #3
    Essay #4

    Credit: Lynne Bost, Associate Professor, Georgia State University Perimeter College

    Sample Rubric #3 – Freshman Composition Courses

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