- Does the writer clearly focus analysis on a single primary text that presents a viewpoint on a specific social or political issue that differs from the writers’ own beliefs?
- Does the writer AVOID persuasion and emotionally charged language throughout the essay (essay should never suggest that a stance is right or wrong)?
- Is it clear that the writer has attempted to understand the values of/reasons for the other side’s perspective?
- Does the writer employ a neutral tone (avoiding condescension or dismissal)?
- Does the writer exhibit a meaningful engagement with lines of argument that differ from the writer’s by acknowledging the values, beliefs, and worldview that inform the author’s perspective?
- Does the writer demonstrate in-depth understanding of the rhetorical situation by acknowledging the various people/groups affected by the issue and connect the author’s stance to these people/groups?
- Is it clear the writer has thoroughly researched the socio political issue and has a good understanding of its complexity?
- Does the writer use sufficient and varied sources to explore the complexity of the issue and to better understand the values/worldview of the central text?
- Does the writer strategically choose sources that promote a fair and comprehensive understanding of the author’s point of view?
- Does the writer properly credit research/sources by correctly MLA formatted in-text citations?
- Does the writer use sources in a way that demonstrates sincere engagement with a different point of view?
- Does the writer synthesize sources while keeping the central text voice/claims at the center of the essay? In other words, is it clear that your classmate is primarily analyzing a single text?
- Does the essay have a clear thesis/line of inquiry that addresses the prompt requirements?
- Does the writer illustrate thoughtful choices based on the reader, making it easy to follow how the writer’s engagement with a primary text informs her or his discussion of values?
- Does the writer transition smoothly from one idea to the next, drawing out connections for the readers?
STYLE, GRAMMAR, MECHANICS:
- Does the writer use language and punctuation appropriate to the purpose of the essay?
- Does the essay contain few to no grammatical errors?
- Is the essay formatted and cited in MLA style, including Works Cited page?
- Is the essay at least 1500-1750 words in length?