AP Literature and Composition Rubric                         Name: _______________________ Assignment: ________________________ Date: ________

Outcome

Exemplary

Proficient

Approaching

Revise

Read Purposefully

  • Develop a complex, sophisticated purpose for reading.
  • Evaluate the relevance, reliability, and quality of texts.
  • Choose college-level texts.
  • Explain a complex purpose for reading.
  • Evaluate the relevance and reliability of texts.
  • Choose challenging texts.
  • Describe a specific purpose for reading.
  • Describe the relevance and reliability of texts.
  • Choose appropriately-leveled texts.

Evaluate Theme/Central Idea

  • Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account.
  • Determine the most important theme or central idea of a text, analyze its development over the course of a text, and explain why the theme or central idea is important.
  • Describe an accurate, specific theme or central idea of a text and explain how it is developed over the course of a text.

Analyze Writing

  • Determine a sophisticated writing strategy the author uses in a text (metaphor, imagery, allusion, irony, complex point(s) of view…).
  • Discuss how this writing strategy supports the theme or central idea and evaluate author’s craft; what about the author’s use of the writing strategy is surprising or insightful?
  • Choose important words and phrases and discuss how the author’s word choice contributes to a text’s purpose and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful.
  • Explain the most important writing strategy the author uses in a text.
  • Discuss how this writing strategy supports the theme or central idea and why the author chose to use it.
  • Choose important words and phrases and discuss how the author’s word choice contributes to a text’s purpose and tone.
  • Describe one important writing strategy the author uses in a text.
  • Describe how this writing strategy supports the theme or central idea.
  • Choose important words and phrases and discuss how the author’s word choice contributes to a text’s purpose.

Cite Evidence

  • Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
  • Determine the meaning of evidence in context and explain why it supports analysis.
  • Cite plentiful textual evidence that is the most relevant to analysis.
  • Explain the meaning of evidence in context and discuss how it supports analysis.
  • Cite sufficient textual evidence that is relevant to analysis.
  • Describe the meaning of evidence in context.

 Communicate

  • Choose the ideal genre and follow the rules of the genre to communicate precise, original, sophisticated ideas.
  • Organize your ideas to make them fluid and convincing; in a short response or essay, use paragraphs and transitions to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationship between analysis and evidence.
  • Cite all sources and properly follow the rules for MLA in-text citations; introduce and format all quotes properly.
  • Choose an appropriate genre and follow the rules of the genre to communicate precise, original ideas.
  • Organize your ideas to make them compelling to the reader; in a short response or essay, use paragraphs and transitions.
  • Cite all sources and properly follow the rules for MLA in-text citations.
  • Choose an appropriate genre and follow the rules of the genre to communicate ideas.
  • Organize your ideas to make them clear to the reader; in a short response or essay, use paragraphs.
  • Cite all sources and attempt to follow the rules for MLA in-text citations.*

*Plagiarism - copying the words, ideas, or arguments of another author without citing your source - will result in a failing grade.

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