Support is irrelevant, overgeneralized, and/or lacking. The support, if present, is largely unrelated to the student's attempted discussion.A haphazard arrangement of ideas and/or details provides little or no direction for the discussion, and a conclusion is absent or obscure. A unifying effect and/or controlling idea is absent.Diction is overgeneralized and/or inaccurate. Syntax is confused and uncontrolled. The writing is unclear. Lack of language choices contributes to a confusing composition with an ineffective voice.This writing demonstrates lack of control of correct sentence construction, usage, grammar, and mechanics. Jarring errors impair communication.Don'tbeintimidatedby the scoring guide; it's really quite simple. Note that you'remarkedaccordingtofivecategories:ThoughtandUnderstanding(yourideasandinterpretations), Supporting Evidence (your evidence in support of your ideas), Formand Structure (your organization, unity, and coherence), Matters of Choice (your diction,voice, and structural choices—like parallelism and inverted sentence order), and Mattersof Correctness (your mastery of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage). In each category, you can get up to five marks—for a total of 25 on the paper (on yourDiploma Exam, somewhat more weight is given to the first two categories). The guidemakes an attempt to describe what you must do to earn 5, 4, 3, 2, or 1 mark in eachcategory. Your job now is to examine the guide carefully in order to become more familiar with it.Then, in the chart provided here, assess your own critical response in question 2 byassigning yourself a mark for each category. Try to be fair, and don't succumb to falsemodesty! Give yourself the mark you really think you deserve! CategoryMark out of 5 possible marksThought and UnderstandingSupporting EvidenceForm and StructureMatters of ChoiceMatters of Correctness
Revelation A18 Now,asyou'vedonebefore,yourjobis to explain, or justify, the mark you gaveyourself in each of the five categories of the marking guide. Refer specifically to thedescriptions in the relevant boxes and to aspects of your own response that you feelillustrate those descriptions.