Rubric For Essay On Theme

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Generic Scoring Rubric - Thematic Essay

� Shows a thorough understanding of the theme or problem � Addresses all aspects of the task� Shows an ability to analyze, evaluate, compare and/or contrast issues and events� Richly supports the theme or problem 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� Shows a good understanding of the theme or problem � 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 theme or problem 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� 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� 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

 

� Shows a very 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� Attempts to complete the task, but demonstrates a major weakness in organization� Fails to introduce or summarize the theme or problem

 

Fails to address the task, is illegible, or is a blank paper
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Choose one of the following prompts and write a 650-word essay. Stay within 25 words of this assignment word count.

2.1 Geeta Kothari demonstrates in her essay “If You Are What You Eat, Then What Am I?” that cultural identity shapes (and is shaped by) the foods one eats and the ways one eats. According to Kothari, what does it mean to live on the border between two cultures?

 2.2 In his essay “The Unexpected Lessons of Mexican Food,” Armando Montano discusses challenges growing up biracial in America. According to Montano, how did cooking help him cope with these challenges of growing up biracial in America?

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Here are page numbers and sections for Writing MLA Papers, The Bedford Handbook:

  •  Writing MLA Papers, starting on page 556 and ending on page 661. Inside Writing MLA papers, the following sections provide important and detailed information on writing for this class: 53, Supporting a thesis; 54, Citing sources, avoiding plagiarism; 55, Integrating sources; and 57, MLA manuscript format.

These guidelines are also a detailed rubric for this assignment:

 1) Use the source essay noted in the prompt as evidence. Do not use any other sources. Do not use Internet sources.

2) Write in the present tense when discussing a text. So, write your essay in the present tense.

3)  Create a focused thesis that is based on the assignment and that has an assertion, an opinion.

4)  Create topic sentences that reflect the thesis content and order and that have an assertion, opinion. Create topic sentences that also serve as umbrellas for their paragraphs.

5)  Boldface thesis and topic sentences. (I want to see what you consider as your thesis and topic sentences.)

6)  Develop paragraphs with examples from the source essay. (Examples must be cited according to MLA standards. See examples provided.) In your essay, cite the source three different ways: quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing. See class readings/resources for MLA examples. Essays with incorrect or missing documentation may earn a failing grade.

 7)  Include an author’s full name on first mention. In the body of the essay, use the author’s last name, no polite titles such as Mr., Ms., or others. In the conclusion, include an author’s full name as a reminder to the reader.

8)  Create an introduction that provides background and grabs the reader’s attention. Create a conclusion that refers back to the thesis. The conclusion should sum up the meaning of the essay and be memorable to the reader. Don’t use the phrase “in conclusion.” Encourage the reader to keep reading until the last word.

9)  Do not use the following pronouns to present information: first-person (I, me, my, mine; we, us, our, ours) and second-person (you, your, yours).

10)  Proofread your paper. Read each sentence looking for errors. Read your paper from the last sentence to the first sentence, looking for errors. Do not rely on your computer’s spelling and grammar checker. Essays with serious and/or numerous grammatical errors may earn a failing grade.

11) Present your paper in MLA manuscript format; an example is provided in The Bedford Handbook, as noted in readings for this assignment. Missing or incorrect MLA manuscript format may result in 15 fewer points.

One-on-one writing help is available. Visit The Writing Lab in room G- 06 on Santa Fe’s Northwest campus; submit work to Smarthinking, an online tutoring program on e-Santa Fe; ask writing questions during office hours and during Writing Lab hours.

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