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THEMATIC ESSAY
GENERIC SCORING RUBRIC
Score of 5:
Shows a thorough understanding of the theme
Addresses all aspects of the task
Shows an ability to analyze, evaluate, compare, and/or contrast issues and events
Richly supports essay with relevant facts, examples, and details
Is a well-
developed essay, consistently demonstrating a logical and
clear plan of   
organization
Introduces the theme or problem by establishing a framework that is beyond a simple restatement of the    
task and concludes with a summation of the theme or problem
Score of 4:
Shows a good understanding of the theme
Addresses all aspects of the task
Shows an ability to analyze, evaluate, compare, and/or contrast issues and events
Includes relevant facts, examples, and details, but may not support  all aspects of the 
  task evenly
Is a well-
developed essay, demonstrating a logical and clear plan of organization
Introduces the theme or problem by establishing a framework that is beyond a simple restatement of the    
task and concludes with a summation of the theme or problem
Score of 3:
Shows a satisfactory understanding of the theme or problem
Addresses most aspects of the task or addresses all aspects in a limited way
Shows an ability to analyze or evaluate issues and events, but not in any depth
Includes some facts, examples, and details
Is a satisfactorily developed essay, demonstrating a general plan
of organization
Introduces the theme or problem by repeating the task and concludes by repeating the theme or problem
Score of 2:
Shows limited understanding of the theme or problem
Attempts to address the task
Develops a faulty analysis or evaluation of issues and events
Includes few facts, examples, and details, and may include information that contains
inaccuracies
Is a poorly organized essay lacking focus
Fails to introduce or summarize the theme or problem
Score of 1:
Shows limited understanding of the theme or problem 
Lacks an analysis or evaluation of the issues and events
Includes little or no accurate or relevant facts, examples, or details
Attempt
s to complete the task, but demonstrates a major weakness in organization 
Fails to introduce or summarize the theme or problem
Score of 0: Fails to address the theme, is illegible, or is a blank paper
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