Literary Analysis Essay Rubric

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LITERARY ANALYSIS ESSAY RUBRIC
Exceeds Expectations
Introduction Introduction is lively and draws
Meets Expectations
Needs
Improvement
Does Not Meet
Expectations
Introduction lacks
engagement and
specificity. The thesis
may need work.
Introduction is
missing one or
more of the
requirements
and/or thesis is
unclear.
Construction is
unclear, claims
are not fully
supported, body
paragraphs do not
appear to
sufficiently
support the thesis
and are not
clearly organized.
Provides a conclusion
that is lacking full
support for the
thesis. The reader is
left with a feeling
that the essay may
be incomplete.
Conclusion is
missing or
incomplete. The
essay does not
feel finished.
The writing is clear,
specific and utilizes
details from the
story. Examples from
the story are used
correctly. Words
paint pictures in the
reader’s mind. A
formal style and
objective tone is
established and
maintained.
Has some errors in
grammar, spelling,
and/or punctuation.
May not meet
requirements for
length, spacing, and/
or font/style.
Writing is unclear,
is missing specific
details from the
story, or they are
used incorrectly,
and word choice
may be informal
or lacking
engaging
descriptions.
Conclusion
Provides a passionate and
engaging conclusion that fully
follows from and supports the
thesis presented. The reader is
left with the satisfaction that
the argument is complete.
Introduction grabs the
reader’s attention,
includes the author’s
name and the title of the
book, and contains a clear
and specific thesis.
Body paragraphs
demonstrate careful
construction and use
words, phrases, and
clauses to link the major
sections of the text and
create cohesion. Reasons
and evidence from the
novel are used as well as
explanations. The text is
correctly cited to support
claims.
Provides a conclusion that
follows from and supports
the thesis presented. The
reader is left with a
feeling that the argument
is complete.
Ideas,
Content and
Word
Choice
The writing is passionate in
tone, engaging and uses lively
word choice, painting pictures
in the reader’s mind. The
writing is clear, specific and
utilizes powerful details from
the story. Examples are used
powerfully. A formal style and
objective tone is established
and maintained.
The writing is clear,
specific and utilizes
details from the story.
Examples from the story
are used correctly. Words
paint pictures in the
reader’s mind. A formal
style and objective tone is
established and
maintained.
Body
Paragraphs
the reader into the writing. The
author’s name and title of the
book are seamlessly
introduced. The thesis is
precise and based on evidence.
Body paragraphs are carefully
constructed, show fluid
organization, and present lively
and engaging arguments.
Words, phrases, and clauses
work to create cohesion. The
text is correctly cited to
support claims. Valid reasoning
and relevant and sufficient
evidence from the novel fully
support the thesis.
Conventions Grammar, spelling, and
punctuation are correct and
/ Format
make the sentences easy to
read. Paper is an appropriate
length, double spaced, in 12 pt
font and in a style that is easy
to read (Arial, Times).
Total
NAME:
Grammar, spelling, and
punctuation are correct
and make the sentences
easy to read. Paper is an
appropriate length,
double spaced, in 12 pt
font and in a style that is
easy to read (Arial,
Times).
Construction and
organization may feel
choppy or unclear.
Reasons, details and
facts from the novel
need improvement.
Additional thesis
support is needed.
Points
____/15
____/30
____/15
____/25
Mistakes impede
the clarity of the
writing. Paper
may not be
double spaced
and/or is in a style
that is difficult to
read.
____/15
____/100
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