Grading Rubric for Essays and Papers Grade A B C D Unity (Purpose) • Thesis is not only argumentative, but is also “surprising” or “risky” and responds to assignment clearly. • Essay’s purpose is clear, shows strong plan of development and originality. • All material on target in support of thesis . Makes one point and sticks to it. • Thesis is argumentative, responds to assignment clearly and reflects author’s purpose • Essay’s purpose is clear, but could use a little more originality and independent thought • Good sense of material but point is spread too thin, maybe off Point a bit. • Thesis is argumentative, but could respond to assignment and reflect author’s purpose more clearly • Essay’s purpose is somewhat clear, but lacks originality and independent thought • Barely hits the target in support of thesis, but does stick to a point. • Thesis not argumentative and does not respond to assignment or reflect author’s purpose clearly • Essay’s purpose is unclear
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