Essay Criteria Scale
Explain how Europe benefited from cultural diffusion during the period c. A.D. 1000 - 1500.
The following criteria scale is used to determine the score for the Essay part of the project.
|Above Level 4||Above Level 3||Above Level 2||Above Level 1|
|Purpose & Form||Essay demonstrates a strong focus and clear purpose in thesis statement. (to inform, summarize, compare etc.)||Clear main thesis that indicates purpose of essay.||Thesis is evident but supporting details in body paragraphs are only minimally supportive.||The main idea is sketchy and weakly developed.
No clear thesis in introduction to indicate purpose
|Supporting Paragraphs||The main idea is complex, sustained and fully developed in each body paragraph.
Each body paragraph is very well developed with a strong topic sentence and creative and distinguished supporting details.
|Each body paragraph sufficiently and relevantly supports thesis.
Each body paragraph is developed with topic sentence and supporting details.
|Details in the body paragraphs weakly support topic sentences of paragraphs.||No topic sentences in body paragraphs.
Insufficient writing in each paragraph.
Evidence is unrelated to argument
|Organization||Organization of essay is logical & creative.
Paragraphs that have a well linked beginning, middle and end.
Excellent use of transitions within paragraphs and linking paragraphs.
|Essay is 5 paragraphs.
Body paragraphs demonstrate a strong beginning, middle and ending.
Clear use of transitions between paragraphs and within them.
|Essay is 5 paragraphs.
Attempts to give a beginning, middle and end with use of transitions in each paragraph.
|Essay is not 5 paragraphs.
Paragraphs have no clear beginning, middle or ending.
No use of transitions.
|Style||Voice is clear, coherent and sustained.
Vocabulary is more varied and appropriate for intended audience.
Sentence variety is varied.
|Voice is evident and consistent.
Vocabulary is appropriate to the purpose of the writing.
Effective use of some sentence variety.
|Voice is recognizable, but weak and not consistent.
Attempting to use creative and appropriate vocabulary.
|No distinguishable voice.
Vocabulary is simple but sufficient to convey basic ideas.
|Writing is free of all conventional spelling and mechanical errors.||Writing has been well edited.
Occasional spelling & mechanical errors do not distract the reader.
|Errors in spelling and mechanics that distract the reader.||No editing apparent.
Many spelling & mechanical errors.