Essay Contest Rubric to see the judging criteria .

1st Annual   Essay Contest

Theme: “The Beauty of Cultural Diversity”

 

Essay Contest Rubric

 

 

Essay Number: ________

Judge:  ______________

CRITERIA

4

3

2

1

SCORE

FOCUS/

MAIN POINT

The essay is focused, purposeful, and reflects original insight and ideas

The essay is focused on the topic and includes relevant ideas 

The essay is focused on topic and includes few loosely related ideas 

The essay poorly addresses topic and includes irrelevant ideas 

SUPPORT

Persuasively supports main point with well-developed reasons and/or examples.

Supports main point with developed reasons and less concrete examples. 

Supports main point with some underdeveloped reasons or examples.

Provides little or no support for the main point.

ORGANIZATION & FORMAT

  • Paragraphs
  • Transitions

Effectively organizes ideas to build a logical, coherent argument

Organizes ideas to build an argument

Some organization of ideas to build an argument:

Little or no organization of ideas to build an argument, or contains fallacies in the argument

LANGUAGE USE & STYLE

  • Sentence structure
  • Word choice
  • Audience recognition

Effective and creative use of elements of style to enhance meaning

Appropriate use of elements of style

Some use of elements of style

Little or no use of elements of style

CONVENTIONS

  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Punctuation

Uses correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation throughout with very few errors.

Uses correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation with few errors.

Contains frequent errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

Many errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation, makes reader’s comprehension difficult.

TOTAL POINTS          ______

 

TOTAL: _________