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Unformatted text preview: Essay assessment DRA 001W2009 Dr. Rossini (based heavily on the UC Davis TRC example modeled after the UC Davis English Department model) The essay is worth 80 points and will be evaluated according to the categories: Ideas , Organization/Coherence , Support , Style , and Mechanics . Ideas : (20 points) 19-20 Excels in responding to assignment. Interesting, demonstrates sophistication of thought. Central idea/thesis is clearly communicated, worth developing; limited enough to be manageable. Paper recognizes some complexity of its thesis: may acknowledge its contradictions, qualifications, or limits and follow out their logical implications. Understands and critically evaluates text(s), appropriately limits and defines terms. 16-18 A solid paper, responding appropriately to assignment. Clearly states a thesis/central idea, but may have minor lapses in development. Begins to acknowledge the complexity of central idea and the possibility of other points of view. Shows careful reading of sources, but may not evaluate them critically. Attempts to define terms, not always successfully. 14-15 Adequate but weaker and less effective, possibly responding less well to assignment. Presents central idea in general terms, often depending on platitudes or cliches. Usually does not acknowledge other views. Shows basic comprehension of sources, perhaps with lapses in understanding. If it defines of sources, perhaps with lapses in understanding....
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- Winter '08