Essay Contest Rubric

WRITE You Are Pardner Scoring Rubric

Criteria Category

4

Excellent

3

Good

2

Fair

1

Poor

Use of Conventions

Free of spelling and punctuation errors

Grammar usage is controlled and error free

Some spelling and punctuation errors; meaning is not interrupted by these errors

Grammar is somewhat controlled; minimal errors

Man problems with spelling and punctuation causes some interruption in reading

Several grammatical problems are evident

Spelling and punctuation errors are frequent and interrupt reading of essay

incorrect use of grammar and punctuation interferes with understanding the writing

Organization

The message engages the audience

Strong, supportive rationale for message provided

The message is somewhat engaging

Supportive rationale for message provided

The message is slightly engaging

Weak rationale for message provided

The message does not engage the audience

No rationale for message provided

Ideas (originality)

Essay is very clear and focused

Essay captures and maintains the reader’s attention

Essay is clear and focused

Essay captures the reader’s attention but does not maintain it throughout

Essay is somewhat clear and focused

Essay does not capture the reader’s attention right away but includes interesting details

Essay does not maintain a focus

Essay does not capture nor maintain the reader’s attention

Sentence Fluency

Sentences are varied and natural

Impressive variety of sentence beginnings

Sentences are somewhat varied and natural

Some variety of sentence beginnings

Sentences are routine and functional

Little variety in sentence beginnings

Sentences are unclear

Repetition in sentence beginnings

Word Choice

All words are carefully chosen and help convey meaning

Overall, verbs are active and energetic

Most words are carefully chosen and help convey meaning

Many verbs are active and energetic

Some of the words chosen help convey meaning

Some verbs are active and energetic

Words chosen do not convey meaning

Most verbs chosen are passive

Voice

Writer’s unique perspective is very evident

Writer’s unique perspective is evident

Writer’s unique perspective is somewhat evident

Writer’s unique perspective is not evident


Contest requirements:

Persuasive genre is used.

Project was completed individually.

Entry was submitted by the official contest deadline.