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    Guidelines to remember when writing your essay:
    1. It's all about you
    2. Keep it personal
    3. Timing is everything 
    4. Say what you do believe
    5. Have fun
     
     

    Criteria

    Evaluated

    4 Points

    Clearly meets standard

    3 Points

    Attempts to meet standard & is fairly successful

    2 Points

    Makes effort to  meet standard but with little success

    1 Point

    Does not achieve this standard

    Addresses the prompt

     

    Clearly addresses all parts of the writing task

    Addresses all parts of the writing task.

    Addresses only parts of the writing task.

    Does not achieve standard

     Understanding of purpose and audience

     

    Demonstrates a clear understanding of purpose and audience

    Demonstrates a general understanding of purpose and audience

    Demonstrates little understanding of purpose and audience

    Demonstrates no understanding of purpose and audience

    Consistent point of view, focus, and organizational structure including effective use of transitions

    Maintains a consistent point of view, focus, and organizational structure, including effective use of transitions

    Maintains a mostly consistent point of view, focus, and organizational structure, including effective use of some transitions

    Maintains an inconsistent point of view, focus, and organizational structure, which may include ineffective or awkward use of some transitions

    Lacks a point of view, focus, organizational, and transitions that unify important ideas.

    Clearly presented central idea with relevant facts, details, explanations

     

    Includes a clearly presented central idea with relevant facts, details, and/or explanations

    Presents a central idea with mostly relevant facts, details, and/or explanations

    Suggests a central idea with limited facts, details, and or explanations.

    Lacks a central idea but may contain marginally related facts, details or explanations.

    Sentence structure

     

    Includes a variety of sentence types

    Includes a variety of sentence types

    Includes little variety in sentence types.

    Includes no sentence variety

    English language conventions

    Contains few, if any, errors in the conventions of the English language (grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling._  These errors do not interfere with the reader’s understanding of the writing

     

    Contains some errors in the conventions of the English language, but they do not interfere with the reader’s understanding of the writing.

    Contains several errors in the  conventions of the English language that may interfere with the reader’s understanding of the writing.

    Contains serious errors in the  conventions of the English language that do interfere with the reader’s understanding of the writing.

    Narrative Writing

     

    Plot line

    Provides a thoroughly developed plot line, including major and minor characters and a definite setting

     

    Provides an adequately developed plot line, including major and minor characters and a definite setting.

    Provides a minimally developed plot line, including characters and a setting.

    Lacks a developed plot line.

     

    Strategies

    Includes appropriate strategies: dialogue, suspense, narrative action.

    Includes appropriate strategies: dialogue, suspense, narrative action.

    Attempts to use strategies but with minimal effectiveness

    Fails to use strategies.