AMERICAN
HISTORY
 
AP HUMAN
GEOGRAPHY
ACADEMIC
DECATHLON
 
SYLLABUS
I
ASSIGNMENTS,
NOTES & REVIEWS
I
THE WEB
I
COMMUNITY
SERVICE
I
WRITING PAGE
I
HOMEWORK
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I

Essay Rubric

 

INTRO & CONCLUSION

ESSAY & PARAGRAPH STRUCTURE

IDEAS & CONTENT

MECHANICS & FORMAT

A

•  intriguing introduction

•  intro includes an appropriate historical context for the thesis

•  thesis is clear, decisive & unique

----------------------

•  conclusion restates or paraphrases thesis

•  conclusion briefly goes through evidence & provides something further to think about

•  evidence is provided in a rational order

•  connections between evidence and thesis are explicit

•  connections between paragraphs

•  topic sentences are clear & appropriate

•  one topic per paragraph  

•  quotes are properly integrated and cited (quotation sandwich)

•  examples are relevant and properly explained

•  sufficient analysis

•  concepts are appropriately used and relevant

•  sufficient evidence is supplied to back up claims

• evidence (paraphrases & quotes) is always cited

•  few grammatical & spelling errors not caught by spell check

•  interesting & appropriate word choice

•  appropriate page length

•  adheres to MLA format

•  contains a proper works cited page

 

B

•  uninteresting but appropriate intro

•  intro includes context for thesis

•  thesis is fairly clear but may not be decisive or unique

----------------------

• conclusion restates or paraphrases thesis

•  conclusion does not adequately go through the body of evidence or provide further thougths

•  evidence is provided in a fairly rational manner, however, it could be adjusted

•  connections are not always explicitly present

•  connections between paragraphs are not always evident

•  topic sentences are clear and appropriate

•  paragraphs may occasionally contain multiple topics

•  quotes may on occasion be awkwardly placed or not appropriately explained/integrated (quotation sandwich)

•  relevance of examples may not be evident or properly explained

•  gaps within analysis may occasionally occur

•  concepts are not always integrated properly or not explicitly connected to thesis

•  insufficient evidence

• evidence (paraphrases & quotes) is always cited

•  minimum grammatical & spelling errors not caught  by spell check

•  occasional inappropriate word choices

•  appropriate page length

•  adheres to MLA format

•  contains a proper works cited page

C

•  Awkwardly worded or unclear opener

•  intro may not include sufficient context for thesis

•  thesis may be awkward or isn't clear or unique

----------------------

•  conclusion may not restate thesis

•  conclusion does not go through body of evidence, or inappropriately introduces new and undeveloped evidence

•  evidence is provided with little rationale

•  connections between evidence and thesis are not always explicit

•  topic sentences are not always clear or appropriate

•  paragraphs often contain multiple topics

•  evidence is regularly not properly integrated (quotation sandwich)

•  inappropriate quotes or misplacement (or too few)

•  irrelevant or excessive examples without explanations (or too few)

•  light analysis

•  irrelevant concepts without explanation (or concepts are conspicuously absent)

•  claims are often not backed up with evidence

• evidence (paraphrases & quotes) is always cited though citations may have format problems

•  moderate grammatical & spelling errors (including ones that would have been caught by spell check if used)

•  may often contain inappropriate word choices

•  page length may be shorter than requested

•  minimal MLA format errors

•  a few problems with works cited page may be present

D

&

F

•  no developed intro

•  intro doesn't provide context for thesis

•  unclear or no thesis

  ----------------------

•  conclusion lacks relevance to thesis

•  conclusion does not refer to evidence or introduces new undeveloped evidence

•  illogical order of paragraphs

•  lacks connections between evidence and thesis

•  lacks connections between paragraphs

•  topic sentences are not clear and appropriate

•  paragraphs contain multiple topics

•  evidence is not properly integrated (quotation sandwich)

•  lacks appropriate quotes (or excessive quotes)

•  lacks relevant examples

•  little analysis

•  lacks content-specific terms and concepts

•  claims are not backed up with evidence

• evidence (paraphrases & quotes) may not always be cited and citations may have format problems

•  serious grammatical & spelling errors (spell check was not used)

•  inappropriate word choice throughout paper

•  MLA format was not adhered to

•  serious problems with or no works cited page