Rubric For Rhetorical Analysis
Analysis & Content
The essay demonstrates an attentive approach to the analytical process. Explanations and examples are effective and clear. In an analysis that utilizes more than one article, each text will be analyzed equally.
The essay contains an appropriate analysis, but more effort should be given towards originality. Explanations are effective, but could be more detailed. If a paper compares articles, analytical elements are present but the connection between the articles is unclear.
The essay’s analysis contains limited rhetorical observations. Examples and explanations are present but underdeveloped. If paper compares articles, analysis is uneven in treatment and contains little comparison between the texts.
The essay’s analysis is either inappropriate for the assignment or non-existent. Examples and explanations are either unconvincing or missing. If the paper compares articles, no attempt is made to connect the texts.
Introduction & Thesis
The introduction both previews the topic and begins to introduce supporting evidence. The essay contains a concise and narrowly defined thesis that demonstrates the writer’s engagement with the analyzed text.
The introduction previews the topic at hand but supporting evidence needs introducing. An essay earning a B contains a concise thesis that requires further development throughout the body paragraphs.
The paper introduces the topic at hand, but may either contain irrelevant information or seems detached from the overall organization of the essay. The essay contains a thesis that is too broad for the length of the assignment.
The information contained within the introduction is irrelevant to the essay’s central argument and lacks a plan of development.
The paper contains a thesis that does not address the requirements of the assignment and is not supported by appropriate/relevant evidence.
Body paragraphs contain relevant topic sentences with evidence relating to the topic of the paragraph. Transitional sentences and/or phrases are used between body paragraphs and where a new topic is introduced. The paper includes a conclusion that effectively reviews the paper’s thesis and supporting evidence and suggests where further research or analysis may be needed.
Body paragraphs contain topic sentences, but their connection to the writer’s central argument is in need of further development.
Transitional sentences will be present, but further consideration of the logical presentation of evidence is needed. The conclusion summarizes the essay’s thesis and supporting evidence, but lacks reference to further exploration of the topic.
Body paragraphs contain topic sentences, but the reader needs to better explain and develop a connection to the essay’s central argument. Transitional sentences are present but seem detached from the paragraph’s tone and topic. The conclusion simply restates the thesis and supporting evidence and does not contain a reference to further research or analysis.
Body paragraphs fail to connect the topic sentences with the writer’s central argument through explanation and examples. Movement between paragraphs is abrupt and awkward. The conclusion fails to accurately summarize the paper and contains irrelevant information.
Spelling & Grammar
The paper utilizes sentence structure to provide an enjoyable reading experience for the writer’s audience and is virtually free of spelling and grammar errors.
The paper demonstrates the writer’s ability to compose sentences with varying structure. Contains a few noticeable grammar or spelling errors.
The paper contains repetitive sentence structure and numerous grammar errors, compromising the reader’s ability to enjoy reading the essay.
Numerous grammar errors seriously impede a reader’s ability to understand and enjoy the text.
Papers that either fail to fulfill the length requirements of the assignment or are turned in late
will receive an F
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