The thesis declares the author’s stance on a debatable point.Thesis declares the author’s stance on a debatable point but the overall purpose of the essay is not clearThe thesis is not clear or the author needs to take a stance.Does not meet the assignment requirements.Criteria 

CriteriaLevel 5Level 4Level 3Level 2Level 1Introduction and Thesis (15 points)Introduction is creative and gets the reader’s attention.

The purpose is clearly stated.

The thesis declares the author’s stance on a debatable point.The purpose is clear.

The thesis declares the author’s stance on a debatable point.Thesis declares the author’s stance on a debatable point but the overall purpose of the essay is not clearThe thesis is not clear or the author needs to take a stance.Does not meet the assignment requirements.Criteria

(15 points)The criteria for comparison are clearly stated.The criteria for comparison are given.The criteria for comparison need to be more specific.The criteria for comparison are unclear.There are no apparent criteria for comparison.Development (30 points)Argument is well-developed, using specific examples from the essays to illustrate key points.Argument is well-developed, but does not provide detailed examples from the essays to support.The comparison is not clearly developed.Development is uneven; does not follow the pattern established in the introduction.Assertions are made without adequate development or support.Textual Analysis

(20 points)Usage of material from essays is clear and well developed.

Presented and developed in essay.

Quotations and paraphrases of the text are cited.Clear reference to the text.

Quotations and paraphrasing are cited.Usage of material from essays is not always clear or given correctly.Needs more specific textual analysis, using material from essays. Makes assertions without examples.Analysis of essays, using examples is missing.Conclusion (15 points)Summarizes the points made, restates ideas in the thesis, and mirrors the introduction. Provides a sense of closure.;Restates main idea in the thesis and provides a sense of closure.Provides a sense of closure, but makes no reference to the thesis.Not well developed. Thesis concept and stance not apparent.Conclusion is not apparent. Ends abruptly or Introduces a new topic.