ESL 111 Final Essay Scoring Rubric

ESL 111 Rubric

PASS 4
Content: addresses the topic well and provides ample supporting information; should be 100 – 150 words or more of writing
Organization: well organized one or two-paragraph composition with paragraph(s) that include a clear topic sentence, good supporting sentences with supporting details, and a concluding sentence; basic transitions should be present
Vocabulary: demonstrates sufficient knowledge of vocabulary necessary to respond well to the prompt
Grammar: shows clear understanding and correct usage of the simple present, future, and past tenses; may include correct use of present perfect verb tense; few grammar errors; demonstrates ability to construct a variety of sentence types: simple, compound, complex
Spelling and Mechanics: good control of spelling and few errors in punctuation

PASS 3
Content: addresses the topic and provides some supporting information; should be 100 – 150 words or more of writing
Organization: one or two-paragraph composition with paragraph(s) that include a topic sentence and supporting sentences with supporting details; may have a concluding sentence; sentences mostly support the topic sentence; basic transitions may be present
Vocabulary: uses appropriate vocabulary and shows some variety of word choices to respond to the prompt
Grammar: consistently good usage of the simple present, future, and past tenses; good control of the verb “to be,” subject, object, and possessive pronouns, sentence word order, prepositions; shows some ability to construct a variety of sentence types: simple, compound, complex
Spelling and Mechanics: usually spells common words correctly; usually good use of capitalization, commas, and periods

NOT PASS 2
Content: addresses the topic but in a limited way; doesn’t provide much supporting information such as explanation, details or examples; may be less than 100 -150 words of writing
Organization: may or may not be organized into paragraph form and ideas tend to ramble or do not support a focused topic; a clear topic sentence is absent from paragraph(s)
Vocabulary: frequent incorrect choice of words; demonstrates limited vocabulary knowledge to respond to the prompt
Grammar: frequent misuse of subject, object, or possessive pronouns; poor mastery of sentence word order; frequent misuse of the simple present, future, or past tenses; mostly simple sentences with many errors; frequent use of translation: L1 to L2
Spelling and Mechanics: frequent misspelling of common words; frequent misuse of capitalization and periods

NOT PASS 1
Content: may indirectly address the topic suggesting either memorization or misunderstanding of the topic; limited ability to express ideas clearly; may be less than 100 -150 words of writing
Organization: sentences may or may not be organized into paragraph form; there may be rambling ideas unrelated to the topic
Vocabulary: frequent repetition of words; limited word choice; frequently misuses vocabulary
Grammar: many serious grammar problems; repeated, incorrect usage of the verb “to be,” poor control of the simple present, past, or future verb tenses; poor use of subject, object, or possessive pronouns; frequently scrambles word order in sentences; frequent use of translation: L1 to L2
Spelling and Mechanics: frequently misspells common words; many capitalization and period errors
(11-14)