ESL 141 Rubric

ESL 141 RUBRIC FOR HOLISTIC SCORING OF ESSAYS

Categories are defined as the following:

O ORGANIZATION
D DEVELOPMENT
C CLAUSES
M MORPHOLOGY
P PUNCTUATION

 

 

"4" Paper*

O

has clear thesis statement, topic sentences, introduction, body, and conclusion

D

responds thoughtfully to the topic, supports the answer with details and/or illustrations reflecting depth of thought

C

consistently uses varied structures including independent and subordinate clauses and phrases correctly

M

consistently uses verb tenses, singular and plural noun forms & word forms correctly

P

has appropriate punctuation

 

 

"3" Paper*

O

has thesis statement, topic sentences, introduction, body, and conclusion

D

responds well to the topic, supports the answer with details and/or illustrations

C0

often uses varied structures including independent and subordinate clauses and phrases correctly

M

usually uses verb tenses, singular and plural noun forms & word forms correctly

P

has very few end punctuation errors

*Surface errors do not impede meaning.

 

 

"2" Paper**

O

has introduction, body, and conclusion, and may have a thesis statement

D

answers the question tangentially, explains the answer with some details and/or illustrations; may be repetitious; essay may be somewhat short

C

uses varied structures including independent and subordinate clauses and phrases but often incorrectly

M

uses verb tenses, singular and plural noun forms & word forms with patterns of errors

P

has patterns of punctuation errors which may include comma splice, run-on, and fragment, and errors in restrictive/non-restrictive clauses.

 

 

"1" Paper**

O

may lack clear introduction, body, conclusion, or division into paragraphs

D

may answer the question tangentially or not at all, may explain the answer with few details and/or illustrations or be repetitious; essay may be very short

C

rarely uses varied structures including independent and subordinate clauses and phrases or uses them incorrectly

M

uses verb tenses, singular and plural noun forms & word forms with patterns of errors

P

has patterns of frequent punctuation errors which may include comma splice, run-on, and fragment, and errors in restrictive/non-restrictive clauses

**Surface errors may impede meaning.

 

NA may be an entirely different topic or may reflect memorization or copying