Write an essay that considers your experiences and our class readings to make a claim about the nature of language

English 126 Grading Rubric

Student:

The prompt: (select one to write a 1200-1500 word essay)

1. Write an essay that considers your experiences and our class readings to make a claim about the nature of language. This can be a statement about the power or potential of language, how it functions, or any unique claim about the way you’ve observed language as important for you individually and/or in society.

2. Write an essay that considers your experiences and our class readings to make a claim about your own individual view of the world. You might create clarity and focus by working to encapsulate this in one unifying statement and show or prove this through your analysis of one or two specific moments that illuminate your worldview. You must thoughtfully integrate one or more of the texts we have read as a class in your essay. Outside quotes and research are optional and must be scholarly/peer-reviewed if included. Criteria Needs work Adequate Good Excellent Thesis and Purpose: The thesis exists and responds directly to the prompt while also fulfilling the conditions of the assignment. Evidence and Support: Relevant and sufficient material, details, or quotes are included and analyzed to support the essay’s purpose. Structure and Organization: The essay is coherently and cohesively organized in a way that shows a logical progression of the writer’s points. Tone/Language: The essay has an academic tone that addresses its audience in interesting, informative, and appropriate ways. Proper Grammar: The essay is relatively free from sentence-level errors that impact intended meaning. MLA Formatting: The essay follows MLA formatting, and all sources referenced are cited parenthetically and in a works cited page. Overall:

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