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OLC Writing Rubric


The thesis sentence indicates a topic and expresses direction. 1 2 3 4

The introduction grabs the reader’s attention and introduces the topic. 1 2 3 4

The body involves information that is developed and supported in topic sentences. Paragraphs support the thesis. The evidence is necessary and relevant and contains a balance of both generalities and specifics (details, anecdotes, statistics, etc.) Claims are supported rationally or empirically. Transitions are used to signal organization within a paragraph and/or between paragraphs. The essay is well organized and reads smoothly from beginning to end. The information is focused and apparent digressions connect with the thesis. The approach to the topic is interesting, demonstrates an air of inquiry, challenges what someone says or writes, and makes an evaluation. When readings and presentations are used, they are evaluated analyzed, and interpreted and not merely summarized. 1 2 3 4

The conclusion creates a feeling of closure. 1 2 3 4

Style: word choices are appropriate and effective for purpose and audience. 1 2 3 4

Language Use and Correctness in sentences is clear, coherent and varied. Writing adheres to the conventions of edited English in mechanics, grammar, and spelling. 1 2 3 4



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