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ESSAY GRADING CRITERIA English 1301/1302—Spring 2011 THE OUTSTANDING ESSAY (A+/A/A-) 1. Thesis is original, persuasive, and insightful, with clearly defined terms and a sense of its own significance; it presents a well-phrased and compelling argument early on and develops it over the course of the paper. Support for thesis is thorough and convincing, chosen from respected and current sources, analyzed insightfully, and cited correctly; counter-arguments are refuted and objections rebutted efficiently. Stylistically , the paper flows and coheres yet paragraphs are focused and ordered so as to develop the argument. Sentences are elegant, fresh, and varied, drawing on a large and appropriate vocabulary, and entirely free of clichéd or colloquial terms or grammar or spelling errors. 2. Thesis: Easily identifiable, plausible, novel, sophisticated, insightful, crystal clear, significant and/or insightful, clearly defined, original, persuasive with clearly defined terms and sense of its own significant. Well-phrased and compelling argument early on and develops over course of paper. Connects well with paper title. 3. Structure/Organization: Evident, understandable, and appropriate for thesis. Excellent transitions from point to point. Paragraphs support solid topic sentences, are well-developed, unified and coherent. Transitions are sooth, precise, logical, and appropriate. Organization well-chosen and consistently fulfilled. 4. Use of evidence: Primary source information used to buttress every point with at least one example. Examples support topic sentence and fit within paragraph. Excellent integration of quoted material into sentences. Demonstrates an in depth understanding of the ideas in the assigned reading and critically evaluates/responds to those ideas in an analytical, persuasive manner. Integrated into the essay effectively 5. Analysis: Author clearly relates evidence to "mini-thesis" (topic sentence); analysis is fresh and exciting, posing new ways to think of the material. Work displays critical thinking and avoids simplistic description or summary of information. 6. Logic and argumentation: All ideas in the paper flow logically; the argument is identifiable, reasonable, and sound. Author anticipates and successfully defuses counter-arguments; makes novel connections to outside material (from other parts of the class, or other classes), which illuminate thesis. Creates appropriate college level, academic tone.
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