Name: _________________________ Essay Title: _____________________________



Introduction, Conclusion (Process and Subtext), Topic Sentences, Title (20%)

Body, Development, Organization (40%)

Vocabulary, Mechanics (Punctuation, Spelling, Capitalization, Grammar, Typos) 20%

Effort, Improvement, Presentation (20%)

Distinguished (or "WOW!")


Creative and catchy introduction and conclusion; purpose of essay is obvious and fulfilled; compelling introduction and profound conclusion; original topic sentences. Process is thorough and subtext distinguished. Compelling Title.

Gives reader dynamic impression and profound understanding of the process and subtext; aptly uses steps and description to show process; creative transitions; uses descriptions, to enhance process; explores inner qualities of subtext; weaves essential facts and elements into process artfully.

Professional. Sophisticated. High level, active words are selected deliberately. There is no more than one mechanical error in the entire story. Sentence structure is varied.

Evidence of substantial time; student is working at highest potential; interviews are thorough and factual. There are no errors in names or content. Student sought help in or out of class from teacher and students. Student chose a challenging topic. Revisions obvious.

Proficient (or "Pretty Decent") (16-18)

Solid introduction that uses catchy intro device; purpose of essay is clear; clear topic sentences. Essay provides insight about process and subtext. Catchy title.

Gives reader vivid picture and deep understanding process and subtext; sophisticated transitions; uses vivid descriptions to illustrate process; subtext is revealed clearly; creative presentation of process.

Most vocabulary is sophisticated and used properly. There are no more than 3 mechanical errors.

Evidence of time. Student is working near highest potential; some improvement; polished presentation. Student sought help in or out of class. Revisions made.

Satisfactory (or "Fair")


Basic needs of introduction and conclusion are met though intent may not be totally clear; basically clear topic sentences; intro and conclusion meet minimum length requirement. Process is present thought with little insight. Subtext is present but not very clear. Basic Title.

Recounts process but does so in a basic, predictable and/or awkward way; little or no descriptions to help illustrate the process; transitions may be awkward; subtext may be present but not fully developed.

Uses simple words and takes few risks. Vocabulary is somewhat dull and/or repetitive. Narrative is legible but contains multiple errors.

Adequate amount of time is evident; similar errors in previous stories; little or no improvement; neat presentation. Some revisions made.

Unsatisfactory (or "Needs A Lot of Work")


Intro and/or conclusion is either too short, missing, or confusing. Topic sentences are missing or confusing. Neither the author nor the reader has learned anything from the process and/or subtext. Inappropriate or missing title.

Uses sweeping generalizations with no supporting examples; little description; missing or confusing transitions; no attempt to use process analysis; information is unfocused or confusing; paragraphs too long, too short, or not indented.

Misuses basic vocabulary. Difficult to read because of a number of distracting errors.

Repeated errors; class-time was not used productively; little or no time or care; sloppy; little or no revision evident.

Total Score