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  1. 1. Essay  #1  Arguing  Positions  Scoring  Guide:  The  Hunger  Games       A  Focused     Presentation   of  the  Issue   A  Clear  Position   Plausible  Reasons  and  Convincing   Support     Anticipating  Opposing  Positions  and   Objections   Conclusion   Language  Use   Mechanics   1   à  The   introduction   is  creative,   focused  on   the  issue,   and  prepares   readers  for   the   argument.   àAn  arguable   assertion  is   present.   à  The  writer   makes  her/his   position  (thesis)   unambiguous,   appropriately   qualified,  and   clearly   arguable.   à  The  plausible  reasons  for  the  writer’s   position  show  insight  into  the  issue.   à  All  of  the  writer’s  points  are   supported  by  one  or  more  of  the   following:  examples,  statistics,   authorities  or  anecdotes.     à  All  of  the  writer’s  points  are   thoroughly  explained.   à  All  paragraphs  have  strong  topic   sentences  and  are  well  organized.   àThe  writer  successfully  anticipates   other  positions  on  the  issue.   à  The  writer  successfully  addresses   objections  and  questions  readers  might   have  about  the  issue.       à  The  essay  transitions  successfully   between  argument  and   counterargument  and/or   accommodating  or  refuting  opposing   positions  and  objections.   àThe  essay  is  well  argued  and  devoid   of  logical  fallacies.   à  The   ending   provides  a   thoughtful   conclusion   that  does   not  simply   summarize   points   already   made.   à  The  writer  conveys   interest,  passion  and   engagement  to  the   reader.       The  writer  uses  precise,   expressive  language.   Vivid  vocabulary  and  a   compelling  voice  energize   the  topic.       The  essay  includes  a   variety  of  sophisticated   sentence  structures.       à  Technical   mistakes  are   rare.   àThe  paper   meets  all  of   the  criteria  of   the   assignment.   2   à  The   introduction   is  creative   but  may   have   problems   with  either   the  focus  or   the   preparation   required  for   readers.     àAn  arguable   assertion  is   present.   à  The  writer’s   position  is   clear,  but  not   appropriately   qualified  for   readers.     à  The  plausible  reasons  for  the  writer’s   position  show  insight  into  the  issue.    à  Most  of  the  writer’s  points  are   supported  by  one  or  more  of  the   following:  examples,  statistics,   authorities  or  anecdotes.   à  Some  points  of  the  issue  may  lack   thoroughness  of  explanation.   à  Nearly  all  of  the  points  use  well-­‐ chosen  textual  support.     àMost  paragraphs  have  strong  topic   sentences  and  are  well  organized.   à  The  paper  successfully  anticipates   other  positions  on  the  issue.   à  The  writer  attempts  to  address   objections  and  questions  readers  might   have  about  the  issue.       àThe  essay  is  predominantly  successful   in  transitioning  between  argument  and   counterargument  and/or   accommodating  or  refuting  opposing   positions  and  objections.   àThe  essay  is  well  argued  and  devoid   of  logical  fallacies.   à  The   writer   provides  an   ending  that   is  more  than   summary.   à  Clear  sentences  and   accurate  vocabulary   engage  the  readers  in  the   topic   The  essay  includes  a   variety  of  sentence   structures   à  A  few   technical   mistakes  are   made,  but   they  are  not   distracting.    à  The  paper   meets  most   of  the  criteria   of  the   assignment.   3   àThe   introduction   may  have   problems   with  both   the  focus   and  the   preparation   required  for   readers.   àAn  arguable   assertion  is   present.   à  The  writer’s   position  is   somewhat   clear,  but  not   appropriately   qualified  for   readers.       à  The  plausible  reasons  for  the  writer’s   position  are  present  but  do  not  show   insight  into  the  issue.    à  The  writer’s  points  are  inconsistently   supported  by  one  or  more  of  the   following:  examples,  statistics,   authorities  or  anecdotes.   à  Some  points  of  the  issue  may  lack   thoroughness  of  explanation.   àMost  paragraphs  have  strong  topic   sentences  and  are  well  organized.     à  The  paper  anticipates  other  positions   on  the  issue.   à  The  writer  attempts  to  address   objections  and  questions  readers  might   have  about  the  issue.       àThe  essay  is  somewhat  successful  in   transitioning  between  argument  and   counterargument  and/or   accommodating  or  refuting  opposing   positions  and  objections.   àThe  essay  has  a  dominant  argument   and  is  devoid  of  logical  fallacies.   à  The   conclusion  is   functional  but   may  not  offer   more  than   summary.       à  Sentences  show  mostly   accurate  vocabulary.   Sentences  show  some   variation  of  structure  and   style.     à  Mistakes   stand  out  in   the  following   areas:   grammar,   punctuation,   spelling.   àThe  paper   fails  to  meet   the  criteria  of   the   assignment.  
  2. 2. 4   àThe   introduction   may  have   problems   with  both   the  focus   and  the   preparation   required  for   readers.   à  The   introduction   does  not   introduce   the  issue.   àAn  arguable   assertion  is   present.   àThe  writer’s   position  is   unclear  and   qualifications   and/or   argument  are   too  summary-­‐ like.   à  The  plausible  reasons  for  the  writer’s   position  are  present  but  do  not  show   insight  into  the  issue.    à  The  writer’s  points  are  inconsistently   supported  by  one  or  more  of  the   following:  examples,  statistics,   authorities  or  anecdotes.   à  Most  points  of  the  issue  may  lack   thoroughness  of  explanation.   à  The  reader  is  not  cued  with     topic  sentences,  controlling  ideas,  or   transitions.   à  The  paper  does  not  anticipate  other   positions  on  the  issue.   à  The  writer  unsuccessfully  attempts   to  address  objections  and  questions   readers  might  have  about  the  issue.       àThe  essay  is  unsuccessful  in   transitioning  between  argument  and   counterargument  and/or   accommodating  or  refuting  opposing   positions  and  objections.   àThe  essay  has  no  dominant  argument   and  logical  fallacies.   à  The   conclusion  is   incomplete  or   does  not   provide  useful   closure.     à  Sentences  are  very   simple,  showing  little  to   no  variation  in  structure.     Word  choices  are  very   repetitious  or  frequently   inaccurate.         à  Mistakes   are  so   distracting   that  it  is   difficult  to   read  the   paper.   àThe  paper   fails  to  meet   the  criteria  of   the   assignment.   5   à  The   introduction   discusses  but   does  not     introduce   the  issue.   à  The  essay   does  not   contain  an   introduction   to  the  issue.   àAn  arguable   assertion  is  not   present.   àThe  writer’s   position  is   unclear  and   qualifications   and/or   argument  are   not  present.   à  The  plausible  reasons  for  the  writer’s   position  are  not  present      à  The  writer’s  points  are  not  supported   by  one  or  more  of  the  following:   examples,  statistics,  authorities  or   anecdotes.   à  Most  points  of  the  issue  may  lack   thoroughness  of  explanation.   à  The  reader  is  not  cued  with   topic  sentences,  controlling  ideas,  or   transitions.   à  The  essay  does  not  demonstrate  an   understanding  of  the  genre.   à  The  paper  does  not  anticipate  other   positions  on  the  issue.   à  The  writer  unsuccessfully  attempts   to  address  objections  and  questions   readers  might  have  about  the  issue.       àThe  essay  is  unsuccessful  in   transitioning  between  argument  and   counterargument  and/or   accommodating  or  refuting  opposing   positions  and  objections.   àThe  essay  has  no  dominant  argument   and  logical  fallacies.   à  No  logical  plan  is  apparent.   à  A   conclusion  is   missing,   confusing,  or   unrelated  to   the  essay   à  Sentences  are  unclear   or  confusing.  Writer  has   little  control  over   structure  and  flow  of   sentences.     à  Mistakes   are  so   distracting   that  it  is   difficult  to   read  the   paper.   à  The  essay   is   unreadable.   à  The  paper   does  not   meet  the   criteria  for   the   assignment.      

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