Guide to Responding to Essay Based on the Works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Use the rubric and grade key below to assess your essay.  In addition to the criteria on the rubric, your work must include the following:

  • A pre-writing activity modeled after an activity we have covered in class.
  • A formal outline.
  • Five paragraphs.
  • An introduction paragraph and a one-sentence thesis statement.  It must be at least five-sentences total, including the thesis.
  • Three body paragraphs; each will contain a topic sentence, and supporting details (major and minor).  Each body paragraph must have at least 6 and no more than 9 sentences.
  • A concluding paragraph; it must be at least 5 sentences long and restate the thesis (see lecture on conclusions).

In addition, your essay must demonstrate that you have learned the skills we have been practicing in the course: 

  • Sentence variety
  • Correct use of vocabulary
  • Summarization/restatement of ideas
  • Correct use of grammar and spelling


Grade Key: 

  • A=90-100
  • B=80-89
  • C=70-79
  • D=60-69
  • F= >60




Available Points

Awarded Points

Pre-Writing and Outline

The pre-writing activity shows effort to gain insight toward the topic, follows one of the models used in class. The outline is developed enough to support three paragraphs, and there is a clear relationship between the body paragraphs and the thesis.



Introduction Paragraph

The paragraph clearly presents a thesis and writer's stance in a developed introduction that is on-topic for the assignment. The paragraph contains two words that establish relationships between ideas.



Body Paragraphs

The supporting paragraphs contain topic sentences that tie back to the thesis, and the supporting sentences add new information or examples to support the topic sentence without being repetitive.




The essay is free of mechanical errors: spelling, grammar, punctuation, and capitalization.



Language Presentation

The essay uses language appropriate to a college environment, and the work is presented in a format that is easy to read (font size, color, and type face do not distract from the content of the paper).



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