Grades Feedback Scoring Guide Persuasive Essay Analytical Checklist

This is a generic tool that can be adapted to a variety of narrative pieces.

Not Evident

Very Evident

2 3 4 1. Does the title express and/or deepen the subject of the essay?

2 3 4 2. Does the persuasive essay clearly address the writing task?

2 3 4 3. Does the introduction engage the reader and include a well-defined thesis (one that makes a clear and knowledgeable judgement)?

2 3 4 4. Does the introduction establish a purpose for writing?

2 3 4 5. Does the writer provide details, reasons, and examples, arranging them effectively by anticipating and answering reader concerns and counter arguments?

2 3 4 6. Is the essay organized into well-developed paragraphs that support the purpose of the essay?

2 3 4 7. Does the essay include well chosen and appropriate language?

2 3 4 8. Does the essay use effective transitions that move the writing smoothly along?

2 3 4 9. Does the writer use a variety of sentence structures?

2 3 4 10. Does the conclusion pull the piece together and leave the reader with a sense of closure?

11. Does the writer use a clear authoritative voice?

12. Does the writer use standard edited English?

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