Rubric for Cause and Effect Essay
Maximum: 100 %
Organization: introduction (thesis statement), body paragraphs, conclusion
The introduction is a well-developed and grabs the reader’s interest; it contains a clearly stated thesis sentence. The body fully and competently examines the topic by breaking it down into causes and effects; the conclusion effectively ends the writing, without repetition, and contains a clincher statement; unity and coherence are accurate throughout.
The introduction creates interest and contains a topic sentence or thesis sentence; the body examines the topic by breaking it down into causes and effects, but not fully; the conclusion brings the writing to a close; there is a generally logical progression of ideas and information.
The introduction contains a topic sentence or thesis sentence, but the sentence is unclear, imprecise, or inadequate; the body explains at least one cause and effect; a conclusion is present but is weak or repetitive; more logical development is needed throughout.
The introduction lacks a topic sentence or thesis sentence, or the sentence is misleading or unclear; the body does not explain causes and effects; the conclusion is missing, contradictory, or repetitive; the writing lacks unity and coherence.
Elements of Cause and Effect Writing
The overall purpose is clear; causes and effects are logical; cause-effect transition words and phrases are used effectively; the writing is tailored to the audience. Word choice is consistently careful and often particularly precise, powerful, or apt.
Overall purpose is generally clear; most causes and effects are logical; there is some use of specific cause-effect transition words; the writing shows fairly consistent awareness of the audience. Most word choices are precise.
The purpose is not always obvious; causes and effects are not entirely clear or logical; there is little or no use of cause-effect transition words; greater attention should be given to the intended audience. Several word choices are redundant, vague, or imprecise.
The purpose is not clear; causes and effects are illogical or missing; the writing lacks cause-effect transition words and phrases; the writing is not tailored for the intended audience. Word choice is consistently confusing or unclear.
Grammar, Mechanics, and Spelling
No errors in grammar, mechanics, or spelling.
There are some errors (1-5) in grammar, mechanics, and/or spelling.
There are several errors (6-10) in grammar, mechanics, and/or spelling.
Expression is blocked by numerous errors (more than 10) in grammar, mechanics, and/or spelling.
MLA Format and Works Cited
The essay is presented in the correct MLA format and includes at least 3 correctly formatted works cited.
The essay is lacking in one area of the MLA format. It contains only 2 works cited or citations are lacking in correct format.
The essay is lacking in more than one area of the MLA format. It contains only 1 works cited or citations are lacking in correct format.
The essay is lacking completely the MLA format. It contains no works cited or all citations are lacking in correct format.