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Summary-Response Essay Rubric and Assignment
Grade yourself before turning in your essay and rubric; then, you can see how your self-evaluation matches your teacher’s.
Write a Summary-Analysis-Response Essay about the article that you chose from the list of friendship and love articles.
10 points: Exemplary
8.5 points: Above Level F minimal expectations
7 points: Meets Level F minimal expectations
5.5 points: Below Level F minimal expectations
4 points: Substantially below Level F expectations or off-topic
0 points: Missing
Essay Genre (Type) & Organization
The essay is the specified genre; it summarizes an article and includes an analytical response.
The ideas are clearly organized with logical transitions
About 1-2 pages of writing with an additional Works Cited page. (If you would like to write a longer essay, you can add an analysis paragraph in the middle – study on your own, not part of this course.)
1 ½ – 2 pgs.
Summary of 1 Article – 1st Paragraph
Your summary includes the article title and the author in the 1st sentence.
Your summary paraphrases the article’s main ideas and supporting points.
You include author tags (i.e., reporting verbs, adverb clauses w/”as”) to introduce all evidence from the article.
Your summary has strong organizational flow with logical transitions.
Response to the Article – 2nd Paragraph
You have some analysis of the article, such as style, author viewpoint or bias, credibility, context. Resource: https://owlcation.com/academia/How-to-Write-a-Summary-Analysis-and-Response-Essay
The response includes your overall view of the article, personal reaction, agreement, disagreement, or connections you make to your prior knowledge, other texts (include a citation), or experiences. Include a quotation from the article to support your reaction.
The response includes one or more ideas that you think are missing from the article or how the article would have been better and a statement in past unreal conditional about this.
Your response includes an effective end for your argument.
Your response has strong organizational flow with logical transitions.
All evidence is clearly from sources, introduced by reporting verbs, adverb clauses w/”as”, etc.
The summary has an accurate in-text citation.
The summary’s main ideas are paraphrased.
You include a short quotation with an accurate in-text citation.
Any other sources that you include have accurate in-text citations.
Vocabulary and Mechanics (Grammar and Punctuation)
The essay is academic in tone and has no informal words, such as you, kids, stuff, things, etc.
The word forms are correct and word choice conveys accurate meaning.
The essay is grammatically correct and includes effective use of grammar: complex noun phrases, parallel structure, a variety of modifiers, a variety of sentence types (simple, compound & complex).
There are no sentence fragments, run-ons, or comma splices, and spelling is correct.
The essay is typed and well-formatted:
12-point size & Times New Roman font
MLA style heading & page #s
The essay includes MLA style in-text citations & Works Cited page.
Total Process/Planning Points: 2nd draft /10 Final/3rd draft /10
Total points: 2nd draft: /80 Final (3rd) draft: /80
TOTAL FOR ESSAY & WRITING PROCESS 70 + 10 = 80 = 100%
Peer Feedback: Summary-Response Essay
Essay Writer (the person who wrote the essay; this rubric and peer feedback belongs to the essay writer): ____________________
Essay Reviewer (the person who is reviewing the essay; this rubric and peer feedback does not belong to the essay reviewer): ______________
Why? Peer feedback helps improve your classmate’s & your own writing.
Instructions: Read, analyze & write what you observe. Write what you think would strengthen the writing. For example, write:
YES / NO / PARTIALLY
What are the essay’s strengths?
What improvements would be good?
Essay Type & Organization
Essay summarizes an article, presents an analysis, and includes a response.
Organization is clear throughout.
Essay is 1-2 pages of writing.
Essay has an additional Works Cited page.
The summary paragraph is very well developed, has a topic sentence with the author’s name and title, and appropriate transitions.
The summary body paragraphs accurately summarize the main ideas and supporting points of the article.
The response includes some analysis of the article
The response includes your overall view of the article, such as your personal reaction, agreement, disagreement, etc.
Optional: The response includes reference to another article or articles that connect to the topic with in-text citations.
The response includes 1 or more ideas that are missing from the article and a statement in unreal past conditional.
All evidence from sources is introduced with reporting verbs, adverb clauses w/”as”, etc.
All evidence from sources is correctly cited and in-text citations match the Works Cited page
The summary includes 1 short quotation with an in-text citation.
Vocabulary and Mechanics (Grammar & Punctuation)
Essay is academic in tone and has no informal words (such as you, kids, stuff, things, etc.)
Word forms are correct and word choice conveys accurate meaning.
Essay is grammatically correct & includes effective use of grammar, such as complex noun phrases, parallel structure & a variety of modifiers; a variety of simple, compound & complex sentences with correct grammar & punctuation
Essay has no sentence fragments, run-ons or comma splices.
Essay is typed & well-formatted:
Double-spaced 2.0 with 1-inch margins
12-point size & Times New Roman or similar font
MLA style heading & page #s
Essay includes MLA style in-text citations & Works Cited page.*