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AICE GENERAL PAPER 
Guidelines for scoring an argumentative essay
Rubric Code: H2469BC
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Subject: English  
Type: Writing  
Grade Levels: 9-12

Powered by iRubric Discursive Essay
  Poor

1 pts

Fair

2 pts

Good

3 pts

Excellent

4 pts

Evidence of Planning

Poor

No Thesis;
A simple list with no sense of organization.
Fair

The thesis may be unclear
with 3 points underneath; points may not be relevant.
Good

The sound thesis reflects the prompt with clearly relevant supporting points.
Excellent

Sound thesis supporting points and a logical method of organization:
consider the pros/cons
categories
clarify the basis for the sequence: gen-specific, point/counter, order of importance
Introduction

Poor

The introduction is flat, opening does not stir interest or connect to the thesis.
Fair

The introduction is adequate but does not stir attention.
Good

The introduction stirs interest and prepares the reader for prompt discussion.
Excellent

The introduction is creative, stirs interest, and prepares the reader for prompt discussion.
Thesis Statement

Poor

The thesis is not present, is not clear, or is not relevant to the prompt.
Fair

The thesis is present but doesn't include reasons that support the prompt.
Good

The thesis is presented and written with some reasons that support the prompt.
Excellent

The thesis is presented with a clear method of development that directly responds to the prompt.
Main Idea of each paragraph

Poor

The main idea is not present or is unclear or more than one point is covered.
Fair

The main Idea is present but does not relate to the prompt or more than one point is covered.
Good

One main Idea is present and written.
Excellent

The main idea is a clear restating of a subheading of the prompt.
Supporting details

Poor

The details do not support the main idea.
Fair

Some of the details support the main idea, but some blur or shift focus.
Good

Each detail supports the main idea, but no follow-up or illustrative sentences are provided.
Excellent

Each detail supports or tells more about the topic. Follow-up sentences provide additional support and illustration.
Transitions (Linking words)

Poor

Transitions are not present or do not effectively direct readers from one example to the next.
Fair

Transitions are present but do not effectively direct readers from one example to the next. They may be basic and/or confusing.
Good

Transitions are present and direct readers from one example to the next though not to the level of excellent. They may be basic transition words throughout.
Excellent

Transitions are present and seamlessly direct readers from one example to the next. They exhibit sophistication on the part of the writer.
Complexity of Thought

Poor

Linear thinking with no consideration of an opposing viewpoint or counterargument.
Fair

The paper mentions an opposing view but fails to counter or explain another possible view.
Good

The paper explains and/ or counters the viability of an opposing view.
Excellent

The paper explains and/ or counters the viability of an opposing view with direct, clear, and creative reasoning.
Logical order

Poor

The supporting details within the essay as a whole are not developed in a logical order.
Fair

The writer attempts to develop the essay in a logical order, but some of the essays may be presented in an order readers may find confusing.
Good

Most of the essay is presented in a logical order, and readers should have little trouble following the supporting details.
Excellent

The essay is developed in a logical order appropriate to the writer's purpose and the reader's needs.
Conclusion

Poor

There is no conclusion; the essay just ends without restating the topic. It doesn't tie the details together in a fresh way.
Fair

There is an attempt at a conclusion, but it doesn't restate the topic clearly or tie the details together in a fresh way. (Simple repetition of the main points.)
Good

The conclusion sums up the topic by restating it freshly; it ties the details together in a non-repetitive fashion.
Excellent

The conclusion sums up the topic by freshly restating the thesis; it ties the details together in a quote, challenge, future hope fear, or prediction.
Grammar and Mechanics

Poor

The essay contains 8 or more errors in usage, spelling, and mechanics:
There/their/they're
to/too/two
pro/ant
commas, semi, and colon use.
Fair

The essay contains 5 to 7 errors in usage, spelling, and mechanics.
Good

The essay contains 3 to 4 errors in usage, spelling, and mechanics.
Excellent

The essay contains 1 to 2 errors in usage, spelling, and mechanics. Almost flawless.
Language and Style

Poor

Immature word choice, little sentence variety, cliches, pronoun switching, use of "I" pronoun throughout, wordiness, or inflated diction.
Fair

Limited word choice, some sentence variety, some pronoun switching, and some awkward sentences.
Good

Word choice is generally adequate, sentence variety and fluency, written in 3rd person, for the most part, with few awkward moments.
Excellent

Mature, precise word choice, interesting
sentence variety, written in 3rd person, use of imagery and/or figurative writing. Pure clarity of expression.



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