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English 103

Essay Evaluation Guide


NEEDS WORK
OPENING PARAGRAPH
A) Interesting opening hook/sentence
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B) Thesis or overall point signaled
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ORGANIZATION
A) Logical overall structure for material presented
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B) Essay stays focused on clarifying main point
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C) Paragraphs all pertain to developing main point
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D) Paragraphs follow a logical order
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DEVELOPMENT
A) Paragraphs focused individually
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B) Paragraphs developed with sufficient information
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C) Paragraphs developed concretely
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D) Adequate analysis/explanation within paragraphs
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GRAMMAR/MECHANICS
A) Spelling
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B) Subject-verb agreement
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C) Comma/Punctuation Use
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STYLE
A) Sentence focus (openings)
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B) Diction (word choice)
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C) Syntax (organization), effective use of balance
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D) Sentence variety and effective subordination; no
run-ons or fragments
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E) Clear, logical transitions
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F) Strong, active verbs; no unnecessary to be verbs
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G) Elimination of wordiness, excessive prepositional
phrases, unnecessary repetition
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CONCLUDING PARAGRAPH
A) Final sentence is memorable
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B) Is cohesive with the rest of the essay; not abrupt
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AUDIENCE AWARENESS
A) No unnecessary 2nd person you
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B) Does not alienate audience
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C) Clear sense of audience throughout
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D) Appropriate voice is used throughout
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GENERAL WRITING
A) Follows MLA Guidelines
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B) Includes well-thought out arguments
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C) Avoids faulty reasoning (slippery slope, bandwagon)
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D) If used, sources are cited appropriately
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