Whatever grading rubric your teacher may
use, almost all essays are evaluated according to four main
criteria: Content, Organization, Source integration, and Language.
Although different teachers interpret these categories varyingly,
I have specified below what I believe each involves. Select
any of the below links to see an explanation. (Printer-friendly
Samples of Graded Essays
you would like to read a few samples of some officially graded essays,
be prepared to do a little patient reading. These seven excerpts contain the range of grades from A- to C, and so display varying
qualities of writing followed by a brief explanation of why the
essay was graded as it was.
The "teacher's commentary"
at the bottom of each excerpt is divided into four categories according
to the above specified evaluation criteria. Each of the essays are
only excerpts from student essays, not the entire paper, simply
because reading the entire paper is not necessary to get a feel
for the general quality of it.
Despite what teachers may sometimes
believe, grading really is a subjective practice. It is fairly common
for one teacher to give an essay a "A-" and another teacher
to give it a "B-." In my experience, there is a discrepancy
of at least one full grade in about 20 percent of essays graded.
However, notwithstanding these problems of subjectivity, grades
are by and large consensual among teachers when evaluations are
vocalized or explained to one another.
the 7 excerpts