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Epic Essay Rubric
Epic Essay Rubric
Criteria Ratings Pts
Analysis & Insight
threshold: pts
80.0 to >71.5 pts
Outstanding: Insights are original ideas derived from close analysis of the text(s). Insights have complexity and depth. Exploration of ideas is thorough and engaging.
71.5 to >63.5 pts
Strong: Insights are original ideas derived from close analysis of the text(s). Insights reflect careful, thoughtful reading. Exploration of ideas and texts is thorough.
63.5 to >55.5 pts
Adequate: Insights are based on the text(s). Essay shows a basic understanding of the text(s) but may lack depth. Exploration of ideas and texts is limited.
55.5 to >0.0 pts
Inadequate: Essay presents summary or commentary rather than insight. Ideas seem hastily constructed and/or unclear. There is little or no exploration of ideas and texts.
0.0 pts
No insight or analysis provided.
pts
80.0 pts
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Supporting Evidence
threshold: pts
60.0 to >53.5 pts
Outstanding: Sections are supported by ample textual evidence. Quotes are well chosen and are convincing evidence. Links between evidence and points are very clear.
53.5 to >47.5 pts
Strong: Sections are well supported. Quotes are good choices. Links between evidence and points are clear but could be more precise.
47.5 to >41.5 pts
Adequate: Evidence is provided, but more may be needed in some sections. Quotes are relevant but may not be solid evidence. Some quotes are not clearly connected to points.
41.5 to >0.0 pts
Inadequate: Most sections are substantially underdeveloped. Quotes are not used or not relevant to the thesis and points.
0.0 pts
No supporting evidence provided.
pts
60.0 pts
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Essay Writing
threshold: pts
20.0 to >17.5 pts
Outstanding: The introduction leads readers to a focused thesis. Organization, including topic sentences and transitions, clarifies points and helps them flow. The conclusion brings the essay to a graceful conclusion.
17.5 to >15.5 pts
Strong: The introduction presents a clear, focused thesis. Organization, including topic sentences and transitions, develops the thesis. The conclusion provides a sense of closure.
15.5 to >13.5 pts
Adequate: A thesis is present but may be vague or not fully introduced. Sections don’t clearly develop the thesis or are poorly organized; topic sentences and transitions are clear but basic. The conclusion may be abrupt or vague.
13.5 to >0.0 pts
Inadequate: The thesis is unclear or missing, paragraphs are not focused, and sections are unclear. Topic sentences and transitions are misleading or missing. The conclusion is incomplete or missing.
0.0 pts
Document is not written in essay format and/or is less than 4 typed pages.
pts
20.0 pts
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Sentence Structure & Style
threshold: pts
20.0 to >17.5 pts
Outstanding: Sentences read smoothly and vary in style. Word choice is precise and effective, and sentences have few grammar/punctuation errors.
17.5 to >15.5 pts
Strong: Sentences are clear, word choice is effective, and occasional sentence errors do not make meaning unclear.
15.5 to >13.5 pts
Adequate: Most sentences are clear and word choice is appropriate, but some phrasing may be unclear. Sentence errors throughout the paper often make meaning unclear.
13.5 to >0.0 pts
Inadequate: Much of the essay is unclear due to unclear sentence structure, word choice, and/or grammar/punctuation errors.
0.0 pts
Sentences are not written clearly enough to be understood.
pts
20.0 pts
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Documentation
threshold: pts
20.0 to >17.5 pts
Outstanding: Source information is properly documented using MLA format. In-text citations and Works Cited page are clear and correct.
17.5 to >15.5 pts
Strong: Source information is documented using MLA format, although minor mistakes may be present. In-text citation and Works Cited page may contain minor errors.
15.5 to >13.5 pts
Adequate: Most source information is documented using MLA format. Major and/or repeated errors in in-text citation and/or Works Cited are evident.
13.5 to >0.0 pts
Inadequate: MLA format is incorrect and/or irregular. In-text citation is not consistent or not in MLA format. Works Cited page does not use MLA format and/or is incomplete.
0.0 pts
Source use is not documented.
pts
20.0 pts
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Total Points: 200.0 out of 200.0