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AP English Lit 2010-11

Rubric for In-Class Essays


45 points possible

8-9 6-7 5 3-4 1-2


Response to Responds to the Responds to the Analyzes the topic Fails to address the Displays two or more
Prompt prompt clearly, assignment clearly and intelligently but does assignment in some serious errors
directly and fully directly without full not answer it fully and important way
development specifically
Approach to Approaches the text Demonstrates good Demonstrates a good, Shows inconsistent Fails to address actual
Text analytically with a understanding of the but general, grasp of insight; Analysis may assignment or reveals
superb understanding text with analytical the text using the text be based on a serious misreading of
of the text approach to frame an apt misreading of some the text
response to the part of the text
prompt
Support of Establishes a coherent Supports thesis with Employs textual Fails to provide Fails to provide textual
Thesis thesis that is fully appropriate textual evidence sparingly or minimal textual evidence or uses it in
supported with evidence offer evidence without support for its thesis, such a way that
evidence from the text connecting it to the suggests filure to
thesis understand the text
Style Employs subtlety in Uses text competently, Essay is clear and Writing is uneven in Style is marked by
the use of the text; writing is forceful and organized, but may be development with egregious errors; may
writer’s style is fluent clear somewhat mechanical lapses in organization be unclear, badly
and flexible or rote written or
unacceptably brief
Mechanical Essay is free of Essay contains few, if Essay contains some Essay may be marred Essay is marked by
/Grammatical mechanical and any, grammatical or grammatical or by grammatical and mechanical and
Errors grammatical errors mechanical errors mechanical errors mechanical errors grammatical errors, or
devoid of content

Total Points: ___________/45


AP English Lit 2010-11
Rubric for In-Class Essays
45 points possible

8-9 6-7 5 3-4 1-2


Response to Responds to the Responds to the Analyzes the topic Fails to address the Displays two or more
Prompt prompt clearly, assignment clearly and intelligently but does assignment in some serious errors
directly and fully directly without full not answer it fully and important way
development specifically
Approach to Approaches the text Demonstrates good Demonstrates a good, Shows inconsistent Fails to address actual
Text analytically with a understanding of the but general, grasp of insight; Analysis may assignment or reveals
superb understanding text with analytical the text using the text be based on a serious misreading of
of the text approach to frame an apt misreading of some the text
response to the part of the text
prompt
Support of Establishes a coherent Supports thesis with Employs textual Fails to provide Fails to provide textual
Thesis thesis that is fully appropriate textual evidence sparingly or minimal textual evidence or uses it in
supported with evidence offer evidence without support for its thesis, such a way that
evidence from the text connecting it to the suggests filure to
thesis understand the text
Style Employs subtlety in Uses text competently, Essay is clear and Writing is uneven in Style is marked by
the use of the text; writing is forceful and organized, but may be development with egregious errors; may
writer’s style is fluent clear somewhat mechanical lapses in organization be unclear, badly
and flexible or rote written or
unacceptably brief
Mechanical Essay is free of Essay contains few, if Essay contains some Essay may be marred Essay is marked by
/Grammatical mechanical and any, grammatical or grammatical or by grammatical and mechanical and
Errors grammatical errors mechanical errors mechanical errors mechanical errors grammatical errors, or
devoid of content

Total Points: ___________/45


AP English Lit 2010-11
Rubric for In-Class Essays
45 points possible

8-9 6-7 5 3-4 1-2


Response to Responds to the Responds to the Analyzes the topic Fails to address the Displays two or more
Prompt prompt clearly, assignment clearly and intelligently but does assignment in some serious errors
directly and fully directly without full not answer it fully and important way
development specifically
Approach to Approaches the text Demonstrates good Demonstrates a good, Shows inconsistent Fails to address actual
Text analytically with a understanding of the but general, grasp of insight; Analysis may assignment or reveals
superb understanding text with analytical the text using the text be based on a serious misreading of
of the text approach to frame an apt misreading of some the text
response to the part of the text
prompt
Support of Establishes a coherent Supports thesis with Employs textual Fails to provide Fails to provide textual
Thesis thesis that is fully appropriate textual evidence sparingly or minimal textual evidence or uses it in
supported with evidence offer evidence without support for its thesis, such a way that
evidence from the text connecting it to the suggests filure to
thesis understand the text
Style Employs subtlety in Uses text competently, Essay is clear and Writing is uneven in Style is marked by
the use of the text; writing is forceful and organized, but may be development with egregious errors; may
writer’s style is fluent clear somewhat mechanical lapses in organization be unclear, badly
and flexible or rote written or
unacceptably brief
Mechanical Essay is free of Essay contains few, if Essay contains some Essay may be marred Essay is marked by
/Grammatical mechanical and any, grammatical or grammatical or by grammatical and mechanical and
Errors grammatical errors mechanical errors mechanical errors mechanical errors grammatical errors, or
devoid of content

Total Points: ___________/45


AP English Lit 2010-11
Rubric for In-Class Essays
45 points possible

8-9 6-7 5 3-4 1-2


Response to Responds to the Responds to the Analyzes the topic Fails to address the Displays two or more
Prompt prompt clearly, assignment clearly and intelligently but does assignment in some serious errors
directly and fully directly without full not answer it fully and important way
development specifically
Approach to Approaches the text Demonstrates good Demonstrates a good, Shows inconsistent Fails to address actual
Text analytically with a understanding of the but general, grasp of insight; Analysis may assignment or reveals
superb understanding text with analytical the text using the text be based on a serious misreading of
of the text approach to frame an apt misreading of some the text
response to the part of the text
prompt
Support of Establishes a coherent Supports thesis with Employs textual Fails to provide Fails to provide textual
Thesis thesis that is fully appropriate textual evidence sparingly or minimal textual evidence or uses it in
supported with evidence offer evidence without support for its thesis, such a way that
evidence from the text connecting it to the suggests filure to
thesis understand the text
Style Employs subtlety in Uses text competently, Essay is clear and Writing is uneven in Style is marked by
the use of the text; writing is forceful and organized, but may be development with egregious errors; may
writer’s style is fluent clear somewhat mechanical lapses in organization be unclear, badly
and flexible or rote written or
unacceptably brief
Mechanical Essay is free of Essay contains few, if Essay contains some Essay may be marred Essay is marked by
/Grammatical mechanical and any, grammatical or grammatical or by grammatical and mechanical and
Errors grammatical errors mechanical errors mechanical errors mechanical errors grammatical errors, or
devoid of content

Total Points: ___________/45