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Sophomore Research Essay 
Connections to To Kill a Mockingbird.
Rubric Code: ZXC847X
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Subject: English  
Type: Writing  
Grade Levels: 9-12

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  Poor

1/4

60 pts

Fair

2/4

70 pts

Good

3/4

85 pts

Excellent

4/4

95 pts

Thesis and Topic Sentences

Quality of central and supporting arguments.

Poor

Thesis does not connect to To Kill a Mockingbird.
Thesis does not contain a central argument.
Topic sentences do not exist or include evidence.
Fair

Thesis connects to To Kill a Mockingbird vaguely.
Thesis contains a central argument, but it is excessively broad or vague.
Topic sentences are inconsistent. They may exist is some places, or they include evidence in the sentences.
Good

Thesis answers the prompt and connects to To Kill a Mockingbird.
Thesis has a central argument which is supported by topic sentences.
Excellent

Thesis answers the prompt in an insightful and specific way and creatively connects to To Kill a Mockingbird.
Thesis has an original central argument which is supported by specific topic sentences.
Evidence

Quality of support for arguments. Text, paraphrase, and summary

Poor

Sources are not sufficient
Does not includes To Kill a Mockingbird
Does not use include direct textual evidence, paraphrase, or summary.
Evidence does not support arguments
Fair

Sources are barely sufficient
Includes To Kill a Mockingbird
Uses direct textual evidence, paraphrase, or summary
Evidence somewhat supports arguments
Good

Uses primary and secondary sources
Includes To Kill a Mockingbird
Uses a mixture of direct textual evidence, paraphrase, and summary
Evidence directly supports arguments
Excellent

Uses primary and secondary sources
Includes To Kill a Mockingbird
Uses a mixture of direct textual evidence, paraphrase, and summary
Evidence directly supports arguments
Evidence is of high quality, scholarly
Analysis

Quality of connections between the evidence and the thesis.

Poor

Arguments are not supported by analysis in these papers. Analysis is merely a repetition of the evidence.
Fair

Arguments are tangentially supported by evidence and the analysis in these papers is inconsistent, irrelevant, or shallow making the link between the evidence and the central thesis weak.
Good

Arguments are supported by evidence and through the analysis these papers make a general link between the evidence and the central thesis. Analysis supports the general arguments.
Excellent

Arguments are supported by evidence and through the analysis these papers make transparent the link between the evidence and the central thesis. Analysis is specific and sophisticated.
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Poor

More than ten errors
Fair

Ten errors or less
Good

Five errors or less
Excellent

Fewer than three errors




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