ESOL 252 Level 7 Academic Writing
The first draft represents 70% of the grade. The second draft represents 30% of the grade.
Students should understand that the first draft they turn in is not a rough draft. A rough draft is the first composition that a student writes. The rough draft is just the basic ideas with a rough introduction and conclusion. It is very important to allow time to revise and revise your rough draft before turning it in. Students should not get help with this except to get suggestions from the instructor or an ESOL tutor on how to expand their ideas. No one is supposed to check your grammar. In this class, that is considered cheating.
Check your essay carefully. See Editing your Essay.
CRITERIA FOR GRADING ESSAYS
Essays will be graded in the following areas. Each category is worth 10 points. The possible score for each essay is 50 points.
relevance to the topic
development of thesis
creative, interesting and complex ideas
good critical thinking skills
avoidance of plagiarism
ideas are expressed clearly
well-organized introductory paragraph
clear thesis statement
effective concluding paragraph
relevant supporting details
ideas cohesive (well-connected)
effective word choice, including prepositions
command of idiom
correct word forms
appropriate usage (e.g. no slang)
wide range of vocabulary
GRAMMAR AND SENTENCE STRUCTURE
correct and varied use of active and passive verb tenses
correct word order
proper use of articles and pronouns
correct use of singular/plural forms
correct and varied use of subordinate clauses and phrases
use of a variety of sentence types
effective use of transition words, subordinators, and conjunctions