ASSESSMENT TERMS USED IN ANALYZING AN ESSAY
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EFFECTIVENESS OF THE THESIS:
The thesis is clear, insightful and thought-provoking. It is sustained consistently throughout the essay.
The thesis is clear and plausible.
The thesis is weak or absent.
RESPONSE TO ASSIGNMENT:
The paper responds to the assignment in depth, thoroughly exploring the topic and the issues. Discussion of a counter-argument is included when appropriate.
The paper responds to the assignment and addresses the topic and the issues. Some discussion of a counter-argument is included when appropriate.
The paper does not respond to the assignment or treats the assignment in a superficial, simplistic, or disjointed manner. Little or no discussion of a counter-argument is included.
The thesis is fully and convincingly developed, supported with good reasons, explanations and examples.
The thesis is adequately developed, supported with reasons, explanations, and examples.
The thesis is inadequately developed, unsupported with reasons, explanations, and examples.
The paper is well-structured; its form contributes to its purpose. Paragraphs are well-organized and carefully linked to the thesis.
The paper is generally well-structured, with only a few flaws in overall organization. Paragraphs are adequately organized and generally linked to the thesis.
The paper is poorly structured; organizational flaws undermine its effectiveness. Paragraphs are not well organized; nor are they linked to the thesis.
The sentence-structure, word-choice, fluency, and tone of the paper enhance its effectiveness and reinforce its purpose.
The sentence-structure, word-choice, fluency, and tone of the paper contribute to its effectiveness and adequately support its purpose.
The sentence structure, word-choice, fluency, and tone of the paper detract from its effectiveness or are inappropriate to its purpose.
GRAMMAR AND MECHANICS:
The paper is correct in terms of its syntax, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and format.
Sentence level errors do not seriously detract from the paper's effectiveness.
Sentence level errors are so frequent and disruptive that they detract from the paper's effectiveness.
The above analytic or descriptive terms refer to important features of a text written in an academic context. These terms can be used to provide a common vocabulary relating to diagnosis, response, and evaluation.