Essay evaluation checklist: Does your paper measure up?
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A rubric for grading papers
While this list was developed for use at the college level, it will also be useful for high
What are teachers looking for? Use this checklist to evaluate papers before submitting
- Do you have a title page?
- Is your name on the paper?
Organization and development
- Does the paper follow assignment directions?
- Does the introduction entice readers to start reading and continue?
- Does your thesis or main point clearly shine through?
- Do you have a sense of the audience to whom you are writing?
- Does the paper unfold orderly and logically?
- Do any sentences seem out of order or not related to the ones immediately before
- Are paragraphs well developed?
- Are specific points illustrated by examples?
- Does the content indicate original thinking and reasoning?
- Is there a concluding paragraph?
Grammar and technique
- Are sentences clear, mature, and smooth?
- Are there any confusing or unclear words?
- Have words such as its/it's, their/there, here/hear been used correctly?
- Has punctuation been checked to eliminate errors such as unneeded commas, comma splices
and run-on sentences?
- Have you checked your diction or manner of expression to make sure it is appropriate and
not too colloquial?
- Have you checked for agreement between pronoun antecedents or references and the actual
- Have you checked for misspelled words? Don't forget that sometimes spell-checkers will
suggest a wrong word. So, make sure when you click "replace" that you are inserting the correct
- Are all resources properly cited?
The use of this rubric as a checklist for your written assignments will help improve your
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