University of Hartford

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Five-Paragraph Essay Rubric

 

 

Topic/Idea Development

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Little topic/idea development, organization, and/or details

Little or no awareness of audience and/or task

Limited or weak topic/idea development, organization, and/or details

Limited awareness of audience and/or  task

Rudimentary topic/idea development and/or organization

Basic supporting details

Simplistic language

Moderate topic/idea development and organization

Adequate, relevant details

Some variety in language

Full topic-idea development

Logical organization

Strong details

Appropriate use of language

Rich topic/idea development

Careful and/or subtle organization

Effective/rich us of language

Notes/Comments

                      

Nicely Done

Needs Improvement

Topic Development

The overall effect of the essay

clearly stated thesis

clear, concise, original introduction

body paragraphs reflect and develop thesis

conclusion nicely summarizes/completes the essay

thorough and correct response to the prompt

unclear or missing thesis

weak, unfocused introduction

unfocused or underdeveloped body paragraphs

missing, weak, or unclear conclusion

incorrect or incomplete response to the prompt

Organization

The degree to which the essay is

focused

clearly and logically ordered

clarified by paragraphs and transitions

effective prewriting

consistently focused from beginning to end

effective use of paragraphs

effective use of transitions

ineffective prewriting

unfocused:   ___lacks unity   ___lacks coherence

organization into paragraphs

transitions between ideas and/or paragraphs

Details

The degree to which the essay includes details and examples that develop the main ideas

carefully chosen, relevant details

details show, instead of just telling

more effective choice of relevant details

development of ideas beyond listing

Language/Style

The degree to which the use of language, including vocabulary, word choice, clarity, and sentence variety enhances the essay

varied sentence structure

word choice enhances meaning

shows personal and unique voice, tone, and style

more variety in sentence structure

more variety/richness in word choice

lacks distinct or personal voice, tone, and style

Sentence Structure, Mechanics, Usage, and Grammar

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Errors seriously interfere with communication AND

Little control of sentence structure, grammar and usage, and mechanics

Errors interfere somewhat with communication and/or

Too many errors relative to the length of the essay or complexity of sentence structure, grammar and usage, and mechanics

Errors do not interfere with communication and/or

Few errors relative to length of essay or complexity of sentence structure, grammar and usage, and mechanics

Control of sentence structure, grammar and usage and mechanics (length and complexity of essay provide opportunity for student to show control of standard English conventions)

Notes/Comments

 

Nicely Done

Needs Improvement

Sentences

The degree to which the essay includes sentences that are clear and correct in structure

clear and correctly structured sentences

unclear, awkward, or incorrect sentence structure

         ___ROS    ___SF    ___ AWK    ___UNCLEAR

Grammar and Usage

The degree to which the essay demonstrates correct

use of standard grammatical rules of English

word usage and vocabulary

shows understanding of grammatical rules

control of word choice and usage

incorrect application of grammatical rules

word choice and usage 

         ___slang     ___incorrect     ___inappropriate

Mechanics

The degree to which the essay demonstrates correct

spelling

capitalization

punctuation

vidence of proofreading

control of spelling, capitalization, and punctuation adds clarity

essay shows advanced knowledge of mechanics

more careful proofreading

spelling

capitalization

punctuation

___commas   ___apostrophes   ___ end  punctuation 

___other:

Technical Content

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Serious technical errors interfere with results and arguments

Technical errors interfere somewhat with results or argments and/or

Too many errors relative to the length of the essay

Minor technical errors that do not interfere with results or arguments

Few errors relative to length of essay

No technical or engineering errors

   
Total Points (out of 14): Final Grade:

LSN - 1/20/2008