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Pro/Con Argumentative Essay 
Students are expected to write a 500-600 word pro/con or compare/contrast essay of their choice. The students were asked to be very knowledgeable on their topic. It included, but did not limit, comparing and contrasting two different sports, the pros and cons or music, or the pros and cons or open campus at lunch. Good Luck!!! I know I will receive great papers!!
Rubric Code: Y23X45W
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Subject: English  
Type: Writing  
Grade Levels: 9-12, Undergraduate


Powered by iRubric Pro/Con & Compare/Contrast Essay
  Poor

2 pts

Good

4 pts

Fair

3 pts

Excellent

5 pts

Thesis Statement and Organization

Poor

The thesis statement does not match the organizational strategy. It is not obvious to the teacher if the student is writing a pro/con essay or a compare/contrast essay. The thesis statement is sloppy and does not help structure the paper.
Good

The thesis statement matches the organizational strategy, but the thesis statement lacks sufficient detail that outlines the specific points the students wants to argue.
Fair

The thesis statement is not well written and can be difficult to follow. However, it matches the organizational strategy of either a pro/con or compare/contrast essay.
Excellent

The thesis statement matches the organizational strategy either pro/con or compare/contrast essay. The thesis statement is very specific which helps outline the students argument.
Organization of Paper vs. Outline

Poor

The essay does not follow the organization of the outline. The final draft does not include the brainstorming/outline or the rough draft. The outline does not flow from paragraph to paragraph which makes it difficult to read.
Good

The essay is organized but the paragraphs do not smoothly flow from one supporting detail point to another. In fact, some points may intertwine together. The final draft includes the rough draft and the brainstorming/outline.
Fair

The essay is not very well organized. The essay does not follow the pro/con or compare/contrast outline provided in class. The paper includes the brainstorming/outline or the rough draft, but not both.
Excellent

The essay is well organized and thought out. It includes both the rough draft and the brainstorming/outline in the final draft.
Completion

Poor

The essay is one giant paragraph. It does not follow the outline and lacks detail. In addition, it is possible that the student did not include 3 supporting details to their argument.
Good

The essay follows the outline, which includes an intro, 3 pro and con paragraphs, and a conclusion. However, the supporting detail paragraphs do not include sufficient detail.
Fair

The essay follows the outline form. It includes an intro, body and the conclusion. The body contains all pro and con supporting details to the thesis/argument.
Excellent

The essay follows the outline and includes an introduction, 3 pro and con paragraphs, and a conclusion. The student is very descriptive in each supporting detail paragraph.
Corrections

Poor

There essay has not been revised by the student because there are so many errors within the paper. The essay needs proof-reading in order to give the student an accurate judgment on the content.
Good

There are a few errors in the essay. The student obviously proof-read the essay but may have missed 2-3 sentence structure, spelling, or grammatical errors.
Fair

There are several errors in the essay. The student may have revised the essay once, but missed 6-8 sentence structure, spelling, or grammatical errors.
Excellent

There are no errors in the essay. The student obviously used multiple reading strategies (i.e. reading out-loud) to fix all sentence structure as well as spelling and grammar errors.
Sentence Fluency & Word Choice

Poor

The essay does not have strong word choice or sentence fluency. Each sentence is extremely short with non-descriptive words.
Good

The essay has good sentence fluency and word choice. However, it uses "things" and "stuff" once or twice in the paper.
Fair

The essay uses an elementary vocabulary and the sentences are very simple. The paper often uses "things", "stuff", "cool" as well as the inappropriate use of the transitional word "so".
Excellent

The essay includes strong word choice and sentence fluency. Each sentence is descriptive and detailed.




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