Essay Grading Rubric
A: Excellent B: Good C: Adequate D: Marginal F: Inadequate
Response Contains all Contains most Contains some Contains few Does not address
required required elements. required elements. required question or task.
to Task elements. Few errors in Some errors in elements. Fundamental
No formatting formatting. formatting. Many errors in errors in
errors. Few errors in Some errors in formatting. formatting.
No errors in source source Many errors in Fundamental
source documentation. documentation. source errors in source
documentation. documentation. documentation.
Insightful, originalStrong analysis Simple analysis Very little No analysis.
Analysis analysis. that often goes that at times goes analysis. Use of theory
Excellent use/ beyond obvious or beyond obvious or Some use of absent or wholly
understanding of surface meanings. surface meanings. theory, but incorrect.
theory. Good use/ Use of theory insufficient No discernible
Essay fully understanding of adequate in some and/or incorrect thesis.
controlled by theory. ways, but not all. in several ways.
precise, well- Thesis appropriate General thesis or Thesis is vague
defined thesis. to the essay, but controlling idea is or not central to
may lack some evident, but key essay.
precision. elements unclear.
Support/ Fully supports all Supports most Supports some Provides Fails to support
Argument arguments with arguments with arguments with insufficient/ arguments with
relevant relevant evidence limited, but irrelevant evidence or
evidence and and clear, adequate evidence and/or reasoning (essay
well-developed, consistent evidence and poor reasoning to consists almost
persuasive reasoning. reasoning (essay support several entirely of
reasoning. contains too much key arguments description or