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Mr.

Gunnar
AP English Language and Composition

Name _________________________________

Analysis Rubric Checklist


Directions: Place a check if the essay displays these qualities. These will help you provide the paper
you are evaluating with a final score.
High-Range Essay (9-8)
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Indicates complete understanding of the prompt.


Reveals full understanding of the ideas being developed in the piece.
Addresses and/or analyzes the piece in depth; fully fleshes out the meaning.
Identifies and fully analyzes rhetorical techniques, as appropriate, such as
figurative language (tropes), diction, syntax (schemes), point of view, tone,
imagery and style.
Cites specific references to the passage.
Does not generalize but cites specific evidence and develops that evidence fully
and comprehensively; follows through; fully addresses So what? question.
Is clear, well-organized, and coherent.
Reflects the ability to manipulate language (stylistic maturity) at an advanced
level.
Contains very few errors or flaws, if any.

Rarely, a 7 essay can make a jump into the high range because of its more mature style
and perception.

Middle-Range Essay (7-6-5)

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Refers accurately and completely to the prompt.


Demonstrates some or considerable understanding of the complexity of the concepts
being developed in the piece. Accurately fleshes out the meaning.
Refers accurately to the rhetorical devices the writer uses, if appropriate.
Transcends simple identification by analyzing their use in the development of
meaning.
Provides a less thorough analysis/less clarity and precision of thesis than a higherrated paper; 5 papers may digress from the topic.
Provides a sufficient body of evidence to be convincing; follows through.
Is less adept at linking techniques to the purpose of the passage.
Demonstrates writing that is adequate in conveying the authors intent.
May cite stylistic techniques without sufficiently supporting how they
work in developing evidence.
May not be aware of underlying implications. Doesnt fully address the So
what? question
Contains only minor errors or flaws

Tips: The 7 paper demonstrates a more consistent command of college-level writing than does
the 5 or 6 paper.
A 5 paper does the minimum required by the prompt. It relies on generalizations and
sketchy analysis. It is often sidetracked by summary, and the references may be limited or
simplistic. It often loses focus and digresses from the topic.
OVER PLEASE

Low-Range Essay (4-3-2-1)


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____ Does not weave in rhetorical devices, if appropriate. May only identify them
instead of explaining their contribution to the meaning of the text.
____ Fails to demonstrate an understanding of the passage, providing lack of
discussion, evidence or support.
____ Demonstrates weak control of the elements of diction, syntax, and organization.
____ Is riddled with mechanical/grammatical/spelling errors
Tips: A 4 or 3 essay may do no more than paraphrase sections of the passage rather than
analyze the passage.
A 2 essay may merely summarize the passage. (No matter how well written, a summary
can never earn more than a 2.)
A 1-2 essay indicates a major lack of understanding and control. It fails to comprehend
the prompt and/or the passage. It may also indicate severe writing problems
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