Contains a thesis statement that captures the reader’s attention, contains persuasive logic, previews the essay and provides a framework for the essay or paper.

Each paragraph supports the logic/argument of the thesis statement.

Plentiful and specific details are used to support the thesis statement: examples, statistics, anecdotes, etc. Information is correct

Demonstrates unity and coherence: transitions are used between paragraphs and between ideas in the same paragraph.

Conclusion is correctly drawn from the body of the paper and is not simply repetitive.

Language is concise and clear; word choice is appropriate. Writer’s voice is distinct and well-expressed.

Writing is grammatically correct and free of typos.