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ENGL101 Grading Rubric | English Language Department | K.F.U.P.M.

| Term 191

Writing Task 1 (15%) Comparison & Contrast


Grade Response to Question Structure and Vocabulary Grammar
(25%) Organization (25%) (25%) (25%)
A+ exceeds the requirements of the band below
● Responds to all parts of the task fully. ● There is a clear introduction, body and ● Advanced lexis, words learnt in class ● Uses a variety of complex
● Includes a clear position / thesis / conclusion and all ideas and information are (task specific vocabulary) and synonyms structures with flexibility and
purpose / outline. very well-organized into different paragraphs. are used to avoid repetition well. accuracy.
A
● Presents relevant information which is ● All ideas are supported with fully-developed ● Most words and phrases are formal and ● The majority of sentences are error-
Excellent well-developed and supported. reasons, explanations, or examples. academic. free.

● Body paragraphs present three ● Paragraphs are well structured with topic and ● Very few errors in spelling and word ● There are a few grammar errors,
comparing ideas and three contrasting supporting sentences. formation, so it is easy to understand the but they do not make it difficult to
ideas. ● Linking words and signposting are used text. understand the text.
often and accurately. ● Almost no errors in word choice. ● Almost no errors in punctuation.

B+ satisfies all requirements for the band below, but not all of those above
● Responds to all parts of the task. ● There is a clear introduction, body and ● More advanced lexis is used, e.g. words ● A mix of simple, compound and
● Includes a conclusion and the information and ideas are learnt in class (task specific vocabulary) complex sentence forms are used
position/thesis/purpose/outline mostly organized well into different and synonyms to avoid repetition. with some mistakes.
B paragraphs. ● Some formal and academic words and
● Presents relevant information which is
Very mostly developed and supported. ● Most ideas supported with well-developed phrases are used, but with a few mistakes. ● Most structures are accurate. There
reasons, elaboration, or examples. ● Some errors in spelling and word are some grammar errors, but they do
good ● Body paragraphs present three not make it difficult to understand the
comparing ideas and two contrasting ● Paragraphs structured with attempts at topic formation, but they do not make it
and supporting sentences. difficult to understand the text. text.
ideas or three contrasting ideas and two
comparing ideas. ● Linking words and signposting are often ● Very few errors in word choice, do not ● Very few errors in punctuation.
used but with some errors. make it difficult to understand the text.

C+ satisfies all requirements for the band below, but not all of those above
● Responds to most parts of the task. ● There is an introduction, body and ● Mostly simple lexis is used with some ● Uses only a limited range of
● May include a position / thesis / conclusion and most of the information and repetition. sentence structures. Attempts
purpose / outline but this may not be ideas are organized into different paragraphs. ● Formal and academic words and complex sentences, but these tend to
clear. ● Some ideas may be unclear and not phrases are attempted, but with some be less accurate than simple sentences

● Presents some relevant information but adequately supported with reasons, mistakes. ● Some structures are accurate,
C elaborations, or examples. but frequent grammar errors make
this may not be well developed and ● Some of the errors in spelling and
● Paragraphs show some structure but may it difficult to understand the text.
Good supported. word formation make it difficult to
● Body paragraphs present two have no topic sentences and/or a limited understand the text. ● Some errors in punctuation, but
comparing ideas and two contrasting range of supporting sentences. ● Some errors in word choice make it they do not make it difficult to
ideas. ● Linking words and signposting are difficult to understand the text. understand the text.
sometimes used but with some errors.

D+ satisfies all requirements for the band below, but not all of those above
● Barely responds to the task; one of ● There is an attempt at an introduction, body ● Almost all simple lexis is used with ● Uses only a limited range of
more paragraphs are missing and/or off and conclusion and some of the information frequent repetition. sentence structures. Almost all
topic. and ideas are organized into different ● Words and phrases are rarely formal simple sentences, with only rare use
● Includes an unclear paragraphs. and academic. of subordinate clauses.
D position/thesis/purpose/outline. ● Most ideas are unclear and barely ● Few structures are accurate; and
● Some of the errors in spelling and
Poor ● Presents limited relevant information supported with reasons, elaborations or word formation make it very difficult consistent grammar and
which is barely developed and supported. examples. to understand the text. punctuation errors make it very
● Paragraphs show little evidence of difficult to understand the text.
● Body paragraphs may present one ● Frequent errors in word choice make it
comparing idea and one contrasting structure and may have no topic sentences very difficult to understand the text. ● Frequent errors in punctuation
idea or only focus on one side of the and/or a very limited range of supporting make it difficult to understand the
prompt. sentences. text.
● Linking words and signposting are attempted
but may appear with frequent errors.
● Very limited response to task; off ● Very limited attempt at an introduction, body ● All simple lexis is used with consistent ● Attempts sentence forms but uses
topic and conclusion and information and ideas are repetition. only a very limited range of sentence
F not organized into different paragraphs. structures. All simple sentences are
● No evidence of position / thesis / ● Words and phrases are never formal
● Most ideas are unclear and not supported used with no use of subordinate
Fail purpose / outline. and academic.
clauses.
● Presents hardly any relevant with reasons, elaborations or examples. ● Some of the errors in spelling and
information with very limited ● Paragraphs show very little evidence of word formation make it extremely ● Hardly any structures are
development and support. structure and may have no topic sentences difficult to understand the text. accurate; and errors in grammar
and/or an extremely limited range of and punctuation predominate and
● Constant errors in word choice make it distort the meaning of the text.
supporting sentences. extremely difficult to understand the text.
● Linking words and signposting are rarely ● Frequent errors in punctuation
attempted and/or may appear with constant predominate and make it very
errors. difficult to understand the text.

Notes: ● Bolded phrases represent a grade ceiling; if true the grade cannot exceed this point in the column.
● Grades can only be achieved if all requirements for that grade are met.

Task Specifics
Writing Tasks should have: (1) a minimum of four clear paragraphs with two body paragraphs, one paragraph comparing the prompt, and one paragraph that
is contrasting the prompt; (2) between 200-250 words; (3) clear topic sentences that establish one comparing paragraph and one contrasting paragraph; (4) one
paragraph with comparing ideas and one paragraph with contrasting ideas; (5) supporting details [reason, elaboration or examples] in both the compare and
contrast paragraphs; (6) introduction with thesis statement (7) conclusion with restatement of thesis statement, personal opinion and/or future prediction.
Grammar Error Focus: Verb Tense / Subject Verb Agreement / Pronouns/ Punctuation
Task Specific Lexical Items: Compare and Contrast Vocabulary/ Structural Markers / Transition Signals

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