Theme/Thesis: (Does the essay come to terms with the proposed topic? Is the point of the essay clear?
Organization/Argument/Development: Is the thesis developed consistently and logically?
Evidence/Materials/Understanding: Is the thesis supported by relevant examples? Do you show a grasp of course materials? Do you use evidence effectively?
Expression/Form: Is the essay written clearly, in standard English? How effective is your style?
Originality/Imagination: you really don’t have to be “creative” in your writing, but if you could surprise your professor by making a new and plausible point, why not?
The Writing Center, located on the first floor of Gamble Hall, offers individual and group tutoring to assist students at each stage of the writing process. For more information/contact: