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THEMATIC ESSAY
GENERIC SCORING RUBRIC
Score of 5:
Shows a thorough understanding of the theme
Addresses all aspects of the task
Shows an ability to analyze, evaluate, compare, and/or contrast issues and events
Richly supports essay with relevant facts, examples, and details
Is a well-
developed essay, consistently demonstrating a logical and
clear plan of   
organization
Introduces the theme or problem by establishing a framework that is beyond a simple restatement of the    
task and concludes with a summation of the theme or problem
Score of 4:
Shows a good understanding of the theme
Addresses all aspects of the task
Shows an ability to analyze, evaluate, compare, and/or contrast issues and events
Includes relevant facts, examples, and details, but may not support  all aspects of the 
  task evenly
Is a well-
developed essay, demonstrating a logical and clear plan of organization
Introduces the theme or problem by establishing a framework that is beyond a simple restatement of the    
task and concludes with a summation of the theme or problem
Score of 3:
Shows a satisfactory understanding of the theme or problem
Addresses most aspects of the task or addresses all aspects in a limited way
Shows an ability to analyze or evaluate issues and events, but not in any depth
Includes some facts, examples, and details
Is a satisfactorily developed essay, demonstrating a general plan
of organization
Introduces the theme or problem by repeating the task and concludes by repeating the theme or problem
Score of 2:
Shows limited understanding of the theme or problem
Attempts to address the task
Develops a faulty analysis or evaluation of issues and events
Includes few facts, examples, and details, and may include information that contains
inaccuracies
Is a poorly organized essay lacking focus
Fails to introduce or summarize the theme or problem
Score of 1:
Shows limited understanding of the theme or problem 
Lacks an analysis or evaluation of the issues and events
Includes little or no accurate or relevant facts, examples, or details
Attempts to complete the task, but demonstrates a major weakness in organization 
Fails to introduce or summarize the theme or problem
Score of 0: Fails to address the theme, is illegible, or is a blank paper
Reproduced from the June 2001 Global History and Geography Regents Exam
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