Unformatted text preview: parent in writing that is clear, precise, and effectively organized. Generally, essays scored a 9
reveal more sophisticated analysis and more effective control of language than those scored an 8.
7–6 These essays offer a reasonable analysis of how the author uses literary devices to characterize
Arun’s experience. They reveal a sustained, competent reading of the passage, with attention to
devices such as point of view, selection of detail, syntax, characterization, diction, and tone.
Although these essays may not be error-free and may be less perceptive or less convincing than
those in the 9–8 range, their ideas are presented with clarity and control and refer to the text for
support. Generally, essays scored a 7 present better-developed analysis and more consistent
command of the elements of effective composition than do those scored a 6.
5 These essays respond to the assigned task with a plausible reading of the passage but tend to be
superficial or undeveloped in their treatment of how the author uses literary techniques to
characterize Arun’s experience. While exhibiting some analysis of the passage, implicit or explicit,
the discussion of how literary devices contribute to Arun’s experience may be slight, and support
from the passage may be thin or tend toward paraphrase. Although these essays demonstrate
adequate control of language, they may be marred by surface errors. Generally, essays scored a 5
lack the more effective organization and the more sustained development characteristic of those that
received 7–6 points. 4–3 These essays offer a less than thorough understanding of the task or a less than adequate treatment
of how the author uses literary devices to characterize Arun’s experience. Often relying on plot
summary or paraphrase, they may fail to articulate a convincing basis for understanding situation
and character, or they may misread the passage. These responses may be characterized by an
unfocused or repetitive presentation of ideas, an absence of textual support, or an accumulation of
errors. Generally, essays...
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