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Directions: Review this grading rubric carefully to be sure you follow instructions for MLA style, organization, length, content, and grammar. Then, submit your final draft. Make sure your essay is approximately 3 pages double-spaced. Be sure to read your essay aloud before submitting so that you can “hear” any errors in addition to seeing them. Use a Word document when submitting your draft.
ENG 101 Grading Rubric for Personal Narrative Essay #1
Presentation in MLA format (10 pts.; 2 pts each)–(Note: No cover page; only course information, header, and title needed)
Name, instructor, course, date in upper left-hand corner (use day month year for date)–double-spaced
Last name and page number in header on right one-half inch from top
Title of essay properly formatted and centered—plain text with important words capitalized
Double-spaced, with 12 pt. font Arial, Times New Roman, or similar font; paragraphs indented properly
Submitted as a Word document
_____________/ 10 pts.
Organization (40 pts.; 10 pts. each)
LENGTH: 3 pages, double-spaced,12 pt. Times New Roman font, with a minimum of 5-7 paragraphs. Be sure to indent all paragraphs.
INTRODUCTION: Begins by evoking the reader’s interest, then transitions to the thesis effectively. Thesis statement at end of introduction is effective (shows personal significance of the topic)
3. BODY: Topic sentences of body paragraphs both support the thesis and transition from the previous paragraph. Transitions include “After,” “Before,” “During,” “When,” “While,” or other transition words or phrases that indicate chronology (time).
4. CONCLUSION: Begins with a thesis re-statement in completely different words from the introduction, the personal significance of the topic is summarized, and the conclusion ends with a clincher (a final thought, observation, or application).
_____________/ 40 pts.
Descriiption (50 pts.; 1), 2), and 4) worth 10 pts. and 3) worth 20 pts.)
10 PTS. UNITY: Details in the body paragraphs support the topic sentences as well as the thesis while clearly describing something or someone; details are not off-topic
10 PTS. DICTION: Avoids clichés, slang, and colloquialisms and uses appropriate word choice
20 PTS. CONCRETE DETAILS: Sensory details are used appropriately to create a dominant impression that supports the thesis; dialogue is used where appropriate and most verbs used are actions verbs
10 PTS. POINT OF VIEW/PURPOSE: The personal significance of the topic is clear, and the point of view is from 1st person perspective (avoids using “you” statements)
_____________/ 50 pts.
Run-on (fused sentence, comma splice) (-2)
Verb tense (-1)
Subject verb agreement (-1)
Spelling errors (-1)