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Action Items:

  • Choose ONE topic of the following:
  • Write an essay about it, (3 to 5 paragraphs; minimum 5 sentences each). Pay attention to thesis statement, topic sentences, grammar, spelling, and mechanics.
  • Descriptive essay (The house you spent your childhood in)
  • Cause and effect essay (Depression among college students)
  • Problem and solution essay (Poverty – how can we reduce the number of people living in poverty?)
  • Analysis essay (A particular culture ex. Saudi culture)
  • Argument essay (Is physical health more important than mental health?)

Your essay:

Criteria

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5

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Introduction and thesis statement

The introduction is clear, smooth and inviting.

The thesis statement names the topic of the essay and outlines the main points to be discussed. (2)

The essay includes an attempt at an introduction paragraph, though it is not smooth and doesn’t include a complete thesis statement. (1)

There is an attempt at an introduction paragraph, but it is not developed and does not include a thesis statement.

Body Paragraphs

Each of the body paragraphs includes a creative and well-written topic sentence, effectively constructed sentences with supporting details, smooth transitions, wrap-up sentence that presents a closing idea. (3)

Each of the body paragraphs includes a topic sentence and supporting sentences, but is not an easy read and often lacks transitions. (1.5)

Some or all of the body paragraphs lack topic sentences. The organization of some or all of the body paragraphs make for a difficult read because of poor sentence structure or lack of transitions.

Conclusion

The conclusion is strong and leaves the reader solidly understanding the writer’s position. The paragraph includes an effective restatement of the thesis statement. (2)

The conclusion is awkward. The author’s position is restated within the closing paragraph, but it may not be in a logical point. (1)

The thesis is not restated or is found in the same wording as the introduction. The essay is not summed up.

Grammar Spelling & Mechanics

There are few errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation.

The title is included and the paragraphs are indented. (2)

There are several errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Either the title is not included or the paragraphs are not indented. (1)

There are numerous errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation.
The errors prevent the reader from fully understanding the text.

The title is not included and the paragraphs are not indented.

Organization

Sophisticated arrangement of content with effective use of transitional devices. (1)

Confused or inconsistent arrangement of content with or without transitional devices. (.5)

Minimal control of content arrangement.