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Well-developed introduction engages the reader and creates interest. Contains detailed background information. Thesis is clear and focused.
Introduction creates interest. Thesis clearly states the position.
Introduction adequately explains the background, but may lack detail. Thesis states the position.
Background details are a random collection of information, unclear, or not related to the topic. Thesis is vague, unclear, or missing.
Does the introduction define terms adequately?
Conclusion effectively wraps up and goes beyond restating the thesis.
Conclusion effectively summarizes topics.
Conclusion is recognizable and ties up almost all loose ends.
Conclusion does not summarize main points. Conclusion includes new information. Conclusion is missing.
Is the conclusion sufficient in light of the paper?
Are the main points summarized?
Was new information introduced incorrectly in the conclusion?
Well developed main points explain the thesis. Supporting examples are concrete, detailed, and supported by scholarly sources.
Three or more main points are related to the thesis, but one may lack details.
Three or more main points are present, but all lack details.
Less than three main points, and/or poor development of ideas. Points are presented but one or more are not supported by scholarly sources.
Are the main points relevant?
Does the literature seem to support the author’s points?
Logical progression of ideas with a clear structure that enhances the thesis. Transitions are skillfully used to move from one idea to the next.
Logical progression of ideas. Transitions are present equally throughout essay.
Organization is clear. Transitions are present, but weak.
No discernable organization. Transitions are not present.
Does the narrative use a consistent progression?
Are transitions between ideas within paragraphs clear and logical?
Sentence flow, variety
Writing is smooth, skillful, and coherent. Sentences are strong and expressive with varied structure. Diction is consistent and words well chosen. Content from sources is paraphrased.
Writing is clear and sentences have varied structure. Diction is consistent. Content from sources is mostly paraphrased, with minimal direct quotation.
Writing is clear, but sentences may lack variety. Diction is appropriate. Content from sources is mostly quoted, with some paraphrasing.
Writing is confusing, hard to follow. Contains fragments