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Personal Essay / College Essay Grading RubricJohnny Cash
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Needs Improvement / WeakCompetent Well DoneExceptional
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Writer's Intentions
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Idea DevelopmentTopic isn’t developed or fails to answer question; Significant weakness in discussing personal strengths/traits or answering question in meaningful way; vague or too general throughoutWriter needs more details to support statement, fully answer question, or provide insights about personal strengths/traits; anecdote not used or if used is not tailored well for purpose of essay; essay has generalizations.Topic is answered but vague in areas or doesn’t have enough connection to strengths/personal traits; anecdote can be improved or does not exist; at least one section of body needs workTopic fully developed to tell anecdote with specific, rich details and/or highlights personal traits and strengths with meaningful details; writing is fully supported and detailed15
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Logical OrganizationOrganized ineffectively; lacks some of the required parts to make the essay a complete essay; flow of essay confusing to readerOrganization is present but can be improved; some paragraphs don’t seem to flow well from each other due to content or lack of transitions; conclusion may be weakWell organized with clear beginning, middle, and end; transitions are predictable or still need some work; Paper flows well.Exceptionally organized with clear beginning, transitions, developed middle, and effective conclusion; Paper flows smoothly and effectively18
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Writer's Craft
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Audience & PurposeUnclear or inappropriate sense of audience, purpose, and voice; question not answered or off topicAppropriate voice but inconsistencies at times in voice; fluctuating sense of purpose; introduction may be weakAppropriate and consistent use of voice; awareness of audience and purpose; introduction solid but can still be improved.Clear awareness of audience & purpose; effective use of voice; consistent voice throughout; strong hook and thesis provides meaning for reader17
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Sentences & Word ChoiceProblems in sentence control (run-ons, fragments) and/or limited vocabulary/misuse of words weaken word choice and create confusion for readerSentence patterns are complete with limited variation; word choice is familiar or vague and needs to be more specificSentences are complete but may have sentence pattern problems; word choice is strong but could still be improved.Sentences are complete and varied; word choice is precise and writer uses sophisticated vocabulary17
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Writer's Attention to Detail
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Conventions & GrammarNumerous errors or patterns of errors; errors make sections of paper confusing and impact reader’s ability to understand contentSeveral errors or patterns of errors noticeable in the paper; errors don’t interfere with communication but suggest lack of proofreadingGood control of grammar, spelling, and usage; few errors relative to length.Excellent control of grammar, spelling, and usage; no errors or very few errors in college essay13
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Comments: nicely done!Draft #1 /2020
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Personal Essay Rubric
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