Writing Assignments. The following rubric will be used to grade most class writing assignments:

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ORGANIZATION and FORM. Use the appropriate writing form for the specific writing assignment. The opening paragraph summarizes and leads into the rest of the essay. One paragraph for each main point. Writing form inappropriate, incomplete sentences, no organizational pattern noted Writing form is inappropriate; there are some incomplete sentences. Little or poor organizational pattern noted Appropriate writing form used with full sentences. Opening paragraph presents in some way what is to come. Paragraphs mostly stick to one topic. Organized. Appropriate writing form used with full sentences. Opening paragraph summarizes the rest of the essay. One paragraph for each main point. Clear organization.
SUBSTANCE. Are your facts and ideas correct? Is your information correct? Did you show evidence of understanding the concepts and content required by the prompt? Information is factually wrong. Little evidence of understanding the content required by the prompt. Some information is factually wrong. There is some evidence of understanding the content required by the prompt. Facts and ideas presented are mostly correct. The information is mostly accurate. There is articulation of the concepts and content required by the prompt. Facts presented are correct. The information is correct. There is solid articulation of the concepts and content required by the prompt.
CLARITY. Did you write clearly? Are your thoughts sequential, do they make sense? Do they follow acceptable logic? Have you explained yourself well? Will other readers, not familiar with you or this particular assignment be able to understand what you have written? The writing has no clarity. Incomplete or disjointed ideas. Does not make sense. The writing has little clarity. Thee are some incomplete or disjointed ideas. Some parts of the writing do not make sense. This writing is mostly clear. Thoughts flow sequentially, and are mostly logical. Readers not familiar with this particular assignment would likely come away with some clear ideas of the topic. This writing is clear. Thoughts flow sequentially; they make sense and follow acceptable logic. Readers not familiar with you or this particular assignment are able to understand what is written here.
GRAMMAR, NEATNESS. Your spelling, punctuation and general use of the English language is correct. The writing is legible, presented neatly whether handwritten or computer-generated. Poor grammar, spelling. Cross outs, illegible, sloppy. Inconsistent fonts. Occasional poor grammar and spelling. Some parts of the writing have cross outs or are illegible. Spelling, punctuation and general use of the English language are mostly correct. The writing is legible, presented mostly neatly. Spelling, punctuation and general use of the English language is correct without mistakes. The writing is legible, presented neatly whether handwritten or computer-generated.