Here is the rubric for it:
So my formatting didn't come over from when I posted this. It will. There are several things I can do to fix this. But, for now, you can simply read each section and know that the first point in each section is worth an A, the second is worth a B, the third is worth a C, and the last is worth an F. See below for examples.
My paper traces a theme well and ties the theme into the community-service oriented topic of my defense of cause (this analysis shows a theme demonstrating a need for action).
My paper traces a theme that ties into a community-service oriented topic of my defense of cause (this analysis shows a theme related to my project but not exactly demonstrating need).
I trace an unrelated theme or trace a theme poorly.
I do not analyze any themes, but I summarize a story.
My writing has a compelling opening, an informative middle and a satisfying conclusion.
My writing has a beginning, middle and end. It marches along but doesn't dance.
My writing is organized but sometimes gets off topic.
My writing is aimless and disorganized.
I have included and cited five or more examples that support my claim well and appear logically within the paper. They show the theme manifesting in place, person, and plot.
I have included and cited fewer than five examples of the theme I represent as present in my literary connection.
My examples are too short, unclear, or awkwardly introduced.
I do not have examples.
The words I use are striking but natural, varied and vivid.
I make routine word choices.
The words I use are often dull or uninspired or sound like I am trying too hard to impress.
I use the same words over and over and over and over. Some words may be confusing to a reader.
My sentences are clear, complete, and of varying lengths.
I have well-constructed sentences.
My sentences are sometimes awkward, and/or contain run-ons and fragments.
Many run-ons, fragments and awkward phrasings make my essay hard to read.
I use correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
I generally use correct conventions. I have a couple of errors I should fix.
I have enough errors in my essay to distract a reader.
Numerous errors make my paper hard to read.
*Voice and tone (Standard for Honors; plus 16 points otherwise.)
My tone is professional and/or academic.
My tone is OK but my paper could have been written by any high-school student.
My writing is bland or pretentious.
My writing is too formal or too informal. It sounds like I don't like the topic of the essay.