Ap language and composition essay grading rubric
The essay is given a holistic score from 1 to 9.
Frequently, the ideas are predictable and the paragraph development weak. The essays may show less maturity in control of writing. Incorrect assertions may be made about the passage. Rhetorical analysis essays demonstrate little ability to identify or analyze rhetorical strategies.
Essays earning a score of 8 effectively take a position that defends, challenges, or qualifies the claim.
They may not clearly identify the author's point, may not present multiple authors' points of view in the synthesis essay, and may offer little evidence for the student's position. Perhaps unfinished, these essays offer no analysis of the passage and little or no evidence for the student's ideas.
Although the writing conveys the writer's ideas, they are presented simplistically and often contain lapses in diction or syntax.
Synthesis essay rubric
Argument essays demonstrate the ability to present an argument, but they frequently provide limited and inadequate discussion, explanation, or evidence for the writer's ideas. Minimal or nonexistent evidence hurts the essay's effectiveness. The reader assigns a score based on the essay's merits as a whole, on what the essay does well; the readers don't simply count errors. Rhetorical analysis essays demonstrate significant understanding of the passage, its intent, and the rhetorical strategies the author employs. The writing demonstrates stylistic sophistication and control over the elements of effective writing, although it is not necessarily faultless. Each essay is read by experienced, well-trained high school AP teachers or college professors. Often, the writer merely lists what he or she observes in the passage instead of analyzing effect. They are less perceptive in their understanding of the passage, or strategies, or the explanations or examples may be particularly limited or simplistic.
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