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Standardized Evaluation Grids

The Sample Evaluation Grids/Rubrics on the following pages are intended to guide teachers in creating their own assessment grids for their courses while keeping in mind the importance of maintaining clear department standards for our core courses. The explanations within the sample grids should provide teachers with the necessary information to follow similar marking procedures and to make similar decisions about the marks students receive on their essays.

Although the mark break down teachers use for their courses may vary slightly from assignment to assignment, in general, English 101 and English KN4 focus more strongly on the expression component, while English 102 and 103 focus equally on the comprehension and insight and on the expression components.

English 101Content/Comprehension and Insight30%
Organization of Response20%
Expression50%

English 102Content/Comprehension and Insight40%
Organization of Response20%
Expression40%

English 103Content/Comprehension and Insight40%
Organization of Response20%
Expression40%

English KN4Content/Comprehension and Insight50%
Organization of Response20%
Expression30%

*These grids, designed by Judy Kelley, are intended for the use of LaSalle College English teachers.

Sample Evaluation Grid/Rubric for English 101 - Introduction to College English (This grid can be easily adapted to fit English KN4 and other English courses) Task Write a 750 word essay that explores a central idea in the non-fiction essay “Tyranny of the Clock” by George Woodcock. Your response should include an interpretation of the reading and development of your point of view about the key issues raised in the reading. Be sure to make appropriate references to the text. Give your essay a creative title. Content/Comprehension and Insight – 30%

Organization of Response – 20%
Expression – 50%
*Adjust the weightings in these grids to comply with the break down for each essay. CONTENT/COMPREHENSION AND INSIGHT 30%
Level 5
90%
Level 4
80%
Level 3
70%
Level 2
60%
Level 1
failure
Main Idea
Main Idea
Main Idea
Main Idea
Main Idea
- recognizes a central, significant key idea from the text
-sustains this focus throughout the essay
- expression of this focus/key idea in the introductory paragraph is sophisticated and insightful -recognizes a central idea from the text and generally sustains this focus throughout the essay - expression of this focus/key idea in the introductory paragraph is clearly stated - recognizes an acceptable idea from the text and attempts to sustain this focus throughout the essay -expression of this idea in the introductory paragraph is satisfactory - recognizes an acceptable idea from the text

- the focus throughout the essay and expression of this idea only demonstrate basic competency - does not recognize a main idea from the text, or chooses a peripheral idea or misreads the text Interpretation and Discussion

Interpretation and Discussion
Interpretation and Discussion
Interpretation and Discussion
Interpretation and Discussion
-exceptional analysis and depth of understanding of the text -sophisticated ideas and commentary
-original critical thinking
-insight into author’s perspective/argument
-takes a clear position
-title creatively suggests the thesis
-good analysis and understanding of the text
-good ideas and commentary
-critical thinking shown
-a good understanding of the author’s perspective/argument -takes a clear position
-a good title
-a satisfactory analysis and understanding of the text
-generally satisfactory ideas and commentary
-some critical thinking shown
-a basic understanding of the author’s perspective/argument -takes a position
-a satisfactory title
-a basic understanding of the text
-basic ideas and some commentary
-prone to summary or response writing
-unclear...
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