English 1101: Essay 1: Description Rubric
The student introduces the subject being described, creating a sense of context and import that builds up to the thesis statement.
15% Paragraphing and Design
The student develops his/her description of the subject matter in paragraphs of at least 6-7 sentences. The details described give a sense of thoughtful arrangement or design that gives the organization a sense of cohesion.
20% Specific language
The student demonstrates a commitment to avoiding vague phrases (â€œit is,â€ â€œthere areâ€) and ambiguous language (â€œsomething, everything, what, howâ€). The paper appeals to the senses through immediacy and concrete details. The language demonstrates some attention to expanding the studentâ€™s vocabulary.
20% Audience and Purpose
The essay demonstrates a sense of intention aimed at a particular audience. If the subject matter is technical, for example, but the audience is a general one, the author makes an effort to â€œtranslateâ€ professional terminology into accessible language.
15% Grammar and Punctuation
The essay demonstrates a commitment to correcting grammar issues identified in the studentâ€™s pretest. These may include dropped apostrophes, subject/verb agreement, theyâ€™re/their/there confusion, or any number of potential issues.
The essay reinforces the essayâ€™s thesis by reminding readers of the main point and importance of the topic.