ESL 151 Final Essay Grading Rubric

HOLISTIC SCORING GUIDE

 

SCORE

CRITERIA

 

 

 

4

 

An essay in this category …

responds well to the topic

shows good evidence of critical thinking includes effective counterargument/refutation

shows good organization and knowledge of essay organization uses details to support a thesis

shows good coherence and unity shows fluency with sentence forms

may have occasional errors in grammar and/or mechanics

 

 

 

3

 

An essay in this category …

addresses the topic

shows some evidence of critical thinking

shows some attempt at effective counterargument/refutation has an introduction, thesis, body, and conclusion

may be somewhat weak in coherence, unity, or development shows control of English at the sentence level

may have some errors in grammar, mechanics, and/or diction

 

 

 

2

 

An essay in this category …

addresses the topic, though perhaps vaguely or briefly shows little evidence of critical thinking

shows little or no attempt at effective counterargument/refutation may not demonstrate basic understanding of essay organization may lack coherence or unity

may not have adequately developed paragraphs

has a pattern of errors in diction, grammar, and mechanics

lacks sufficient control over standard English to communicate clearly

 

 

 

1

 

An essay in this category …

addresses topic briefly, vaguely, or tangentially lacks critical thinking

shows little or no attempt at effective counterargument/refutation may have one long block of text or several one-sentence paragraphs lacks coherence and/or unity

has serious errors in verb formation/agreement, punctuation, capitalization lacks sufficient control over standard English to communicate clearly

 

 

NA

 

An essay in this category …

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