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Argumentative Essay 
Total points = 100
Rubric Code: H23X45X
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Subject: English  
Type: Writing  
Grade Levels: 9-12


Powered by iRubric Argumentative Essay
Develop a five- to six-paragraph essay arguing the degree to which life in agrarian
societies was better or worse than life in foraging societies.
  A=Excellent

(N/A)

B=Above Average

(N/A)

C=Average (Satisfactory)

(N/A)

D=Below Average

(N/A)

INTRODUCTION
5 pts

A=Excellent

-Strong hook or attention grabber that is appropriate for the audience.
-Position statement (thesis) provides a clear, strong, justified statement of the author's position on the topic.
-Preview (blueprint) of the main arguments is included.
B=Above Average

-Introduction has a hook or attention grabber, but it is weak, rambling or inappropriate for the audience.
-Position statement (thesis) provides a clear, strong, justified statement of the author's position on the topic.
-Preview (blueprint) of the main arguments is included.
C=Average (Satisfactory)

-Introduction is interesting, but the connection to the topic is not always clear.
-Position statement (thesis) provides a clear, strong, justified statement of the author's position on the topic.
-Preview (blueprint) of the main arguments is included.
D=Below Average

-Introdution is not interesting AND is not relevant to the topic.
-Position statement (thesis) is missing or not clear.
-A preview (blueprint) of the main arguments is not included.
SEQUENCING
10 pts

A=Excellent

Arguments and support are provided in a logical order that makes it easy and interesting to follow the author's train of thought.
B=Above Average

Arguments and support are provided in a fairly logical order that makes it reasonably easy to follow the author's train of thought.
C=Average (Satisfactory)

A few of the support details or arguments are not in an expected or logical order, distracting the reader and making the essay seem a little confusing.
D=Below Average

Many of the support details or arguments are not in an expected or logical order, distracting the reader and making the essay seem very confusing.
SUPPORT FOR POSITION
15 pts

A=Excellent

Each body paragraph contains pieces of evidence that:
-Support the position statement
-Are specific and relevant
-Are interpreted and explained (author shows how evidence supports the author's position)
B=Above Average

Most body paragraphs contain evidence that:
-Support the position statement
-Are specific and relevant
-Are interpreted and explained (author shows how evidence supports the author's position)
C=Average (Satisfactory)

One body paragraph contains evidence that:
-Supports the position statement
-Is specific and relevant
-Is interpreted and explained (author shows how evidence supports the author's position)
D=Below Average

Body paragraphs include 1 or fewer pieces of evidence that are NOT relevant AND/OR not explained.
REFUTATION
15 pts

A=Excellent

-Opposing argument is identified and clear. -Refutation is very clear and concise in refuting opponent's POV.
B=Above Average

-Opposing argument is identified and clear.
-Refutation is moderately clear and concise in refuting opponent's POV.
C=Average (Satisfactory)

-Opposing argument is identified, but unclear. -Refutation is weak and general in refuting opponent's POV.
D=Below Average

-Refutation is not recognizable or non-existent.
VOICE
10 pts

A=Excellent

-The author is writing with a consistent, appropriate tone for the purpose and audience of the paper.
-The author has taken the ideas and made them "his or her own."
B=Above Average

-The author is writing with an appropriate, yet inconsistent tone for the purpose and audience of the paper.
-The author has taken the ideas and made them "his or her own."
C=Average (Satisfactory)

-The author is writing with an inappropriate and inconsistent tone for the purpose and audience of the paper.
-The author has taken most of the ideas and made them "his or her own."
D=Below Average

The author has not tried to transform the information in a personal way. The ideas and the way they are expressed seem to belong to someone else.
CONCLUSION
5 pts

A=Excellent

The conclusion:
-Leaves the reader solidly understanding the writer's position
-Makes a clear connection back to the introduction
-Makes a clear connection to the reader's world
B=Above Average

The conclusion:
-Leaves the reader solidly understanding the writer's position
-Makes a connection back to the introduction
-Attempts to make a connection to the reader's world
C=Average (Satisfactory)

The conclusion:
-Is unclear about the reader's position
-Lacks a connection back to the introduction and reader's world
D=Below Average

There is no conclusion - the paper just ends.
GRAMMAR & SPELLING
5 pts

A=Excellent

The author makes no errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.
B=Above Average

The author makes 1-2 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.
C=Average (Satisfactory)

The author makes 3-4 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.
D=Below Average

The author makes more than 4 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.
IN-TEXT CITATIONS & WORKS CITED PG
5 pts

A=Excellent

Follows all MLA rules for in-text citations and Works Cited page with no errors in citation format.
B=Above Average

Follows most MLA rules for in-text citations and Works Cited page with one or two errors in citation format.
C=Average (Satisfactory)

Follows some MLA rules for in-text citations and Work Cited page with more than two errors in citation format.
D=Below Average

Missing in text-citations and Works Cited page.
ESSAY FORMAT
5 pts

A=Excellent

ALL of the following included:
Name & Hour
Title
Word-Processed
12 point font
Double spaced
B=Above Average

Most of the following included:
Name & Hour
Title
Word-Processed
12 point font
Double spaced
C=Average (Satisfactory)

Only a few of the following included:
Name & Hour
Title
Word-Processed
12 point font
Double spaced
D=Below Average

Few, if any, of the following included:
Name & Hour
Title
Word-Processed
12 point font
Double spaced



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