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  • Craft

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    • Mostly third person
    • Primarily third person
    • Largely establishes, maintains distance with regard to purpose, audience
    • Consistently establishes, maintains appropriate distance
    • Limited colloquialism, contractions
    • Attempts appropriate tense
    • Almost always appropriate distance
    • Almost no colloquialisms, contractions
    • Mostly appropriate verb tense usage
    • Almost always appropriate distance in formal register
    • Overwhelmingly appropriate verb tense usage
    • Almost always appropriate distance in formal register
    • Overwhelmingly appropriate verb tense usage
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    • Attempts to incorporate parallelism
    • Incorporates some parallelism when appropriate
    • Intentionally incorporates variety of rhetorical/ structural/ stylistic devices to engage reader
    • Effective, intentional incorporation of variety of rhetorical/ structural/ stylistic devices engages reader
    • Provides strong sense of voice
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  • Fluency

  • Concision

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    • Most sentences complete
    • Mostly free of obvious fragments, run-ons
    • Most sentences complete
    • Mostly employs clear, simple sentences
    • Primarily free of obvious fragments, run-ons
    • Almost all sentences complete
    • Most simple sentences clear, precise
    • Sometimes employs clear, compound, complex sentences
    • Mostly active voice
    • Almost all sentences complete
    • Most simple sentences clear, precise
    • Most compound, complex, compound-complex sentences clear, grammatically correct
    • Mostly active voice
    • Appropriately varies sentence structure (mix of simple, compound, complex and compound-complex sentences)
    • Most sentences clear, precise, grammatically correct
    • Mostly active voice
    • Effective, primarily varied, precise, correct sentence structures clearly conveys meaning
    • Mostly active voice
    • Effective, natural, overwhelmingly varied, precise, correct sentence structures clearly conveys meaning
    • Primarily active voice
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    • Generally free of extraneous expressions (i.e., "basically," "this shows," "really," "maybe," "the quote is," "this proves," "in which," etc.)
    • Largely free of extraneous expressions
    • Primarily free of extraneous expressions
    • Generally free of unnecessary repetition of ideas
    • Primarily free of extraneous expressions
    • Most sentences develop ideas, generally move argument and analysis forward
    • Word choice/ sentence structure effectively conveys meaning first time stated
    • Most sentences develop ideas, move argument and analysis forward
    • Word choice/ sentence structure effectively conveys meaning first time stated
    • Almost all sentences develop ideas, move argument and analysis forward
    • Word choice and sentence structures effectively, efficiently convey the meaning at hand
    • Demonstrates an intentional use of word choice and sentence structures that effectively and efficiently convey the meaning at hand
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  • Diction

  • Range

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    • Some accurate active verbs
    • Functional diction
    • Mostly accurate active verbs when appropriate - minimizes be/ have/ ~ing
    • Functional diction
    • Strong, active verbs when appropriate - minimizes be/ have/ ~ing
    • Words effectively convey intended message
    • Effective diction
    • Powerful, energizing active verbs when appropriate - minimizes be/ have/ ~ing
    • Words precisely convey intended message
    • Precise diction
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    • Some appropriate academic language
    • Some appropriate academic language
    • Some appropriate basic content language
    • Academic, task specific content language generally correct
    • Attempts at sophisticated vocab
    • Varied academic, content language mostly correct
    • Attempts at sophisticated vocab
    • Broad range of academic language mostly correct
    • Generally effective use of sophisticated, varied vocab
    • Broad range of academic language overwhelmingly impactful, correct
    • Overwhelmingly effective use of sophisticated, varied, powerful vocab
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  • Spelling

  • Grammar

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    • Most task/ content specific language correct
    • Most general academic, task/ content specific language correct
    • Almost all correct
    • Several errors do not obstruct meaning
    • Almost all correct
    • Errors do not hinder reading
    • Few or no mistakes
    • Few or no mistakes
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    • Capitalization errors ≤ pages
    • Capitalization/ end punctuation errors ≤ pages
    • Capitalization/ punctuation (excluding commas) errors ≤ pages
    • Grammar does not obstruct meaning
    • Capitalization/ punctuation (no commas)/ subject-verb agreement errors ≤ pages
    • Grammar does not hinder reading
    • Capitalization/ punctuation (w/ commas)/ subject-verb agreement/ vague pronoun reference errors ≤ pages
    • Grammar contributes to readability
    • Capitalization/ punctuation (w/ commas)/ subject-verb agreement/ vague pronoun reference / misplaced modifier errors ≤ pages
    • Strong grammar contributes to readability