English 202
Assessing Writing

This page is adapted from the Scoring Guide (aka Rubric) used by many English 101 instructors at Shoreline Community College. It gives specific guidelines on different aspects of the essay. These guidelines can help you think about your writing in a more focused and concrete way. Use them when revising your work before handing it in, and when rewriting in response to comments. As you will see, there’s a lot to keep track of. You almost certainly cannot do all this in a single draft. You must rewrite— go over the paper repeatedly, checking all these criteria and revising as needed.

Because these are my evaluation criteria, it would be good for you to be familiar with them before you start writing.

Here are some ways in which these criteria might be useful to you:

The Academic Skills Center in 1501 offers help with student writing on a walk-in basis. The ASC is open from 8am to 3pm, Monday through Friday.

How it Works

The Scoring Guide, or Rubric, looks at four different aspects of the essay: Development, Organization, Style/Voice, and Mechanics. Each aspect has several features that are evaluated individually. Each aspect is scored on a scale of 1 – 5, where 1 represents unacceptable work and 5 represents outstanding work. These scores correspond roughly to grades on the 4.0 scale; those correspondences are indicated for each level below.

Development

Level 5 (3.5-4.0)

Level 4 (2.5-3.4)

Level 3 (2.0-2.4)

Level 2 (1.5-1.9)

Level 1 (0.7-1.4)

Organization

Level 5 (3.5-4.0)

Level 4 (2.5-3.4)

Level 3 (2.0-2.4)

Level 2 (1.5-1.9)

Level 1 (0.7-1.4)

Style/Voice

Level 5 (3.5-4.0)

Level 4 (2.5-3.4)

Level 3 (2.0-2.4)

Level 2 (1.5-1.9)

Level 1 (0.7-1.4)

Mechanics

Level 5 (3.5-4.0)

Level 4 (2.5-3.4)

Level 3 (2.0-2.4)

Level 2 (1.5-1.9)

Level 1 (0.7-1.4)