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Essay Contest Scoring Rubric

2022 MOAA Veterans Day Essay Contest Scoring Rubric

Category

4

3

2

1

Score

Expression of Theme

50%

Focus on the topic is clear and well defined. Rich sense of detail creates a vivid, authentic picture, showing knowledge and insight.

Focus on the topic is clear. Sufficient detail creates a picture showing some knowledge and insight.

 

Focus on the topic is somewhat defined. Underdeveloped details show little knowledge and are too general to create a picture.

Lacks central idea; development of ideas is minimal or non-existent. Missing or unclear details. Does not stay on topic.

 

Thoughtfulness & Creativity

25%

Impresses the reader from beginning to end through original and interesting use of ideas, language, imagery, etc. Contains no clichés or stereotypes. Fresh approach holds reader’s attention.

Interests the reader most of the way through with some original and interesting use of ideas, imagery, etc. Contains a few clichés or stereotypes. Fresh approach may add something to reader’s understanding.

Offers little originality in ideas, language, imagery, etc. May contain many clichés and/or stereotypes. Fresh approach attempted, but lacks supporting details. Reader may lose interest.

Lacks originality in ideas, language, imagery, etc. Filled with clichés and/or stereotypes. Lacks the ability to hold reader interest. Writer may seem uninterested in the topic.

 

Grammar & Composition

25%

Demonstrates effective, logical, and clear structure that includes effective and logical introduction and conclusion.

Illustrates the use of effective and varied sentences and paragraphs. Reflects precise and carefully selected word choice for clarity and effect.

Contains few and minor errors in grammar, usage, or mechanics.

Shows organization that is mostly logical but not completely clear. Has both an introduction and conclusion.

May lack variety in sentence length and structure. Reflects use of language that is functional and appropriate.

Contains occasional errors in grammar, usage, or mechanics that do not interfere with understanding.

Attempts organization but is disorganized. Is missing either an introduction or conclusion or both are weak.

Uses some awkward or repeated use of particular sentence structure. Uses words that are monotonous and often repetitious; does not demonstrate diction of a reader.

Contains frequent errors in grammar, usage, or mechanics that begin to interfere with understanding.

Lacks organization and is difficult or impossible to follow. Reflects no identifiable introduction or conclusion.

Demonstrates the use of fragmented or run on sentences that make the writing difficult or impossible to understand. Demonstrates limited range of diction.

Reflects numerous errors in grammar, usage, or mechanics that make the text difficult or impossible to read.

 

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