Essay Rubric: 6 Traits Abridged

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____ Ideas and Content

Strong thesis

Holds reader’s attention

Relevant anecdotes; details enrich central theme

____Organization

Enhances and showcases thesis

Is compelling and moves reader through the text

Text support (quote blending) is smooth

____ Voice

Speaks directly to reader; is individual, compelling, and engaging

Awareness of and respect for the audience and purpose of the writing

____ Word Choice

Words convey the intended message

Words are precise, interesting, and natural; also powerful and engaging

____Sentence Fluency

Sentences have an easy flow, rhythm, and cadence

Sentences are well built, with strong, varied structure

____ Conventions

Shows a good grasp of standard writing conventions (e.g., spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, usage, paragraphing)

Uses conventions effectively to enhance readability. 

Errors tend to be few; minor touch-ups needed.

 

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