Comparison Essay Rubric

Honors American Literature

Name ____________________________

Comparison Essay:

In a 350-500 word essay compare how theme is expressed in each of the two books you read this summer through three of the following literary qualities: a) setting, b) point of view, c) language (syntax, diction, etc.), d) figurative devices (metaphor, symbolism, simile, etc.), e) style, f) historical or cultural context.

 

CATEGORY

Above Standards

4

Meets Standards

3

Approaching Stanards

2

Below Standards

1

Score

Thesis Statement

The thesis statement names the topic of the essay and outlines the main points to be discussed.

The thesis statement names the topic of the essay.

The thesis statement outlines some or all of the main points to be discussed but does not name the topic.

The thesis statement does not name the topic AND does not preview what will be discussed.

Examples of Three Literary Qualities

All of the examples are specific, relevant and explanations are given that show how each example supports the author's thesis. Three or more direct quotations (with page numbers) are included to support thesis.

Most of the examples are specific, relevant and explanations are given that show how each example supports the author's thesis. Two or three direct quotations (with page numbers) are used to support thesis.

At least one of the examples is relevant and has an explanation that shows how that example supports the author's thesis. Only one direct quotation (with page numbers) is used to support thesis.

Examples are NOT relevant AND/OR are not explained. No direct quotations are used to support thesis.

Accuracy

All supportive examples are accurate according to the novel.

Almost all supportive examples are accurate according to the novel.

Most supportive examples are accurate according to the novel.

Most supportive examples were inaccurately reported.

Sequencing

Arguments and support are provided in a logical order that makes it easy and interesting to follow the author's train of thought.

Arguments and support are provided in a fairly logical order that makes it reasonably easy to follow the author's train of thought.

A few of the support details or arguments are not in an expected or logical order, distracting the reader and making the essay seem a little confusing.

Many of the support details or arguments are not in an expected or logical order, distracting the reader and making the essay seem very confusing.

Grammar & Spelling

Author makes no errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.

Author makes 1-2 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.

Author makes 3-4 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.

Author makes more than 4 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.

Capitalization & Punctuation

Author makes no errors in capitalization or punctuation, so the essay is exceptionally easy to read.

Author makes 1-2 errors in capitalization or punctuation, but the essay is still easy to read.

Author makes a few errors in capitalization and/or punctuation that catch the reader's attention and interrupt the flow.

Author makes several errors in capitalization and/or punctuation that catch the reader's attention and interrupt the flow.