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GEO 101 World Human Geography
Spring 2011
Grading Guide for Short Essays

Geography
Matters!

For each of the short essays, you will be graded on the following criteria.  “5” is good, “1” is bad, and “0” is even worse.  The italic text within the brackets under each category indicate common problems that students encounter in writing their essays.  In grading your professor will circle these to indicate areas where you need to improve. You are encouraged to use this guide to evaluate your essay before you hand it in. 

CONTENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[How well] Does the Essay…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Focus on the topic assigned?

 

5

4

3

2

1

0

Explain ideas or opinions stated? [confusing or unclear explanation, incomplete explanation]

 

5

4

3

2

1

0

Use and analyze specific excerpts from the text?
[specific excerpts absent, ideas from text ignored]

 

5

4

3

2

1

0

Have a well structured argument?
[needs a clear thesis statement, topic or concluding sentences absent, thesis statement does not outline overall argument]

 

5

4

3

2

1

0

Reach logical, supportable conclusions?
[needs better support, support not connected with argument, contradictory statements, errors in logic or fact]

 

5

4

3

2

1

0


MECHANICS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is the Essay…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At least two to three pages of real content? [too long, too short, repetitive]

 

5

4

3

2

1

0

Free of typos and spelling errors? [punctuation errors, quotation marks missing, word choice errors]

 

5

4

3

2

1

0

Free of bad sentence and paragraph structure? [awkward sentence structure, grammar, complete and logical paragraphs, tense errors, incorrect use of pronouns]

 

5

4

3

2

1

0

Properly formatted? [hard to read font, incorrect margins, no works citied, missing in text citations]

 

5

4

3

2

1

0

Final draft quality [sloppy, not well presented, honor code missing, not stapled]

 

5

4

3

2

1

0

 

 

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