Essay Writing Rubric + Essay Example

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This rubric is designed to make clear the grading process for written communication by informing you, the writer, what key elements are expected by the university in a “good” piece of written work.

Your written work will be evaluated by the criteria below in order to give you specific feedback to help guide your development as a writer. Your writing will not be graded point by point by these items; it will be graded for its overall quality.

Presentation
1. The purpose and focus are clear and consistent.
2. The main claim is clear, significant, and challenging.
3. Organization is purposeful, effective, and appropriate.
4. Sentence form and word choice are varied and appropriate.
5. Punctuation, grammar, spelling, and mechanics are appropriate.

Content
6. Information and evidence are accurate, appropriate, and integrated effectively.
7. Claims and ideas are supported and elaborated.
8. Alternative perspectives are carefully considered and represented.

Thinking
9. Connections between and among ideas are made.
10. Analysis/synthesis/evaluation/interpretation are effective and consistent.
11. Independent thinking is evident.
12. Creativity/originality is evident.

Assignment Specific Criteria
13. Responds to all aspects of the assignment.
14. Documents evidence appropriately.
15. Considers the appropriate audience/implied reader

Essay Example:

Is There Too Much Violence on Television and in Movies?

Shootouts, stabbings, police chases, murder, gang violence, we see it over and over again on the television and in the movies. Many students, parents and schools are concerned about the amount of violence in movies and on television. There is also a growing problem with violence in and out of school. Some parents and teachers feel that watching so much violence on television and movies increases violence in students.

Pros
Violence can make movies and TV shows more exciting to watch. Sometimes the shows are violent, because they are based on a true story that has a lot of violence in it, such as Saving Private Ryan, which was based on WWII. Some students may watch a violent movie and then decide to imitate some violent things that they see in the movie. However, the majority of students who watch the same movies do not act out the behavior they see on the screen or on TV. Most students can tell the difference between what is pretend and what is real. It is fair to say that most violent films do show the classic war between good and evil with the good guys winning most of the time. Violent movies can expose students to dangers that they would not know about and can make sheltered students more street-smart.

Cons
Too much violence on TV shows and movies can make students insensitive to violence. They may start to think that such violence is normal, and that it is ok to be violent. Movies can make it seem very easy to commit crimes and get away from the police. This can make students think that it is easy to commit crimes or run from the police and put themselves in danger. Heroes in many movies give the impression that the hero will never die, even though he has been shot, stabbed and beaten many times. They do not give a realistic view of the damage one gunshot can do to a person or how beating someone can cause serious head injuries and even death.