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Rubric - General Writing Assessment

The following rubric uses suggested point values that are based on a 100-point scale.
Criteria Points Description
Your Ideas 10 Your essay includes your own thoughts, ideas and/or experience while not relying on direct address or other conversational techniques suited for sermons and or speeches.
Others' Ideas 10 Your essay presents a larger context of ideas for your topic. You employ the ideas from your research through summary and paraphrase, while not relying entirely on direct quotations. No more than 15% of your paper is direct quotation.
Thesis Statement 10 A clear thesis statement that contains a “how and/or why element, remains present throughout the essay, directing its content.
Organization 16 Well organized and unified, contains clear evidence of logic and promotes clarity by employing the use of transitions between ideas.
Introduction 10 Introduces the topic to be discussed, immediately engages reader’s interest, and leads the reader to the paper’s thesis.
Conclusion 10 Restates the paper’s thesis and ties together the paper’s claims. The conclusion does not present new evidence but rather summarizes afresh the ideas presented in the body of the essay.
Mechanics & Style 14 Employs a formal, academic tone, uses good syntax, has no spelling/grammatical errors, has effective word choice and varying sentence structure.
Citations & Bibliography 10 Parenthetical citations OR footnotes are used throughout the body of the essay and a Reference List OR Bibliography list is available at the end of the essay. Formatting follows the conventions found in the EBC Style Guide that correlates with Chicago Manual of Style.
Word Count 10 Minimum word count: 1200 [No more than 15% of the word count, 180 words, can be direct quotation.