Thesis is mostly defended well, but one small part isn’t supported, or one or two of the arguments for it need a bit more support or explanation

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(4) Outstanding

(3) Good

(2) Adequate

(1) Inadequate

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ARGUMENT

 

Thesis is supported excellently—the arguments in the essay work well together to support the thesis; the claims in these arguments are themselves supported well

Thesis is mostly defended well, but one small part isn’t supported, or one or two of the arguments for it need a bit more support or explanation

1-2 important parts of thesis need further support (textual or other evidence), or several claims in the arguments for the thesis given too quickly, w/little support

The points given in the paper do not support the thesis, or there are major gaps where aspects of the thesis or arguments for it are left undefended, or it’s difficult to tell what you are arguing for & how

EVIDENCE

Adequate textual evidence provided for your claims about the text

 

Adequate textual evidence provided for your claims about the text(s) in most places, but need more in 1-2  places

More textual evidence is needed in several places

Very little to no textual evidence is provided

ACCURACY

No inaccuracies in discussion of texts, &/or non-standard interpretations defended well

Mostly accurate discussion of claims and arguments from texts, but 1-2 minor inaccuracies; or, controversial or non-standard interpretations of texts need a bit more defense

A few inaccuracies in the discussion of the texts, or controversial or non-standard interpretations of texts not defended as well as they should be

 

Many points in discussion of texts are inaccurate, or controversial interpretations hardly or not defended at all

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INSIGHT

Creative, original thesis, argument, and interpretations of texts that spark new ideas and questions in the reader beyond what is in the texts and lectures; takes risks and reflects deep thought and effort

Thesis, arguments, &/or interpretations of texts reflect some original thought, but could use more

There is not much evidence of original thought or interpretations, or the arguments in the essay focus on was given in class or in the texts, or the interpretations are pretty clear to most readers on a first read

The essay attempts to repeat arguments or ideas from texts or lectures/discussions, or attempts to give an original argument, but shows a serious lack of understanding of the material in either case


 

 

 

(4) Outstanding

3) Good

(2) Adequate

(1) Inadequate

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THESIS

Thesis is clear and accurately reflects the main argument in the essay

Thesis statement is vague, or the essay argues something slightly different

 

Thesis is hard to find and/or difficult to understand

There seems to be no thesis statement at all

ORDER

Points are linked in an order that reveals well how they work together to support the thesis

One or two paragraphs should be moved to a different part of the essay to improve the argument flow, or one paragraph goes a bit off topic

It’s somewhat difficult to follow the thread of the argument in the essay, to see why the paragraphs should be in this order (though with effort the thread can be found), or the essay makes some points disconnected from thesis

Points seem to be listed somewhat randomly rather than having clear transitions and a logical order

PARAGRAPHS

Paragraphs are coherent, with good topic sentences

One or two paragraphs could be better organized internally, or missing topic sentences for 1-2 of them

It’s hard to follow the internal organizational structure of several paragraphs, or several paragraphs missing topic sentences

The essay is not broken up into coherent paragraphs for different points

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