Name/Period: compare/contrast essay rubric



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Name/Period: _______________________________________

COMPARE/CONTRAST ESSAY RUBRIC

CATEGORY

Exceeds the Standard (A)

Meets the Standard (B-C)

Does Not Meet the Standard (D-F)

Purpose, Thesis & Supporting Details
_____/40 points

The paper clearly compares and contrasts points that are sophisticated, offers specific examples to illustrate the comparison, and includes only the information relevant to the comparison.

The paper compares and contrasts points clearly, but the supporting information is general, and/or the points are basic. The paper includes only the information relevant to the comparison.

The paper mostly compares and contrasts points clearly, but the supporting information is incomplete or missing, and/or may include information that is not relevant to the comparison.

Organization, Focus & Structure
_____/30 points



The paper breaks the information into point-by-point or block-by-block structure. It follows a consistent order when discussing the comparison.

The paper breaks the information into point-by-point structure or block-by-block, but may not follow a consistent order when discussing the comparison.

Organizational pattern not identifiable. Some details are not in a logical or expected order, and this distracts the reader.


Topic Sentences &Transitions

_____/10 points



The paper moves smoothly from one idea to the next and uses transition words and subtle transitions to show relationships between ideas.

The paper moves from one idea to the next, but may lack or misuse transition words to show relationships between ideas.

Transitions may be missing; connections between ideas are fuzzy or illogical.

Grammar & Spelling, Conventions
_____/20 points


Writer makes no errors in grammar or spelling that distracts the reader from the content.

Writer makes 1-2 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.

Writer makes several errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.


Overall score: _____/100

COMPARE & CONTRAST ESSAY
Write an essay that compares and contrasts “The Outsiders” to three additional texts (provided). Concentrate on key aspects such as theme, character analysis/voice, main idea, author’s purpose, and expression/explication of figurative language. Your essay should give your reader a new understanding and a deeper analytical view of the selected texts.
Selections to Compare to “The Outsiders”


  • Poem, Outsiders by James Grengs
  • “Help” by the Beatles


  • 50 Years of West Side Story: the real Gangs of New York by Paul Kendall




  1. The essay must be clearly organized.

  2. Include a minimum of three points of compare/contrast (using each additional text) with paraphrasing, explanations and direct quotes.

  3. Focus on smooth transitional words and sentences that help illuminate and connect the relationships between ideas.

  4. At this point in the year, the expectation is an error-free essay.

  5. Type your paper in Times New Roman, 12 point font, double-spaced, with 1” margins. Minimum two pages in length.

  6. Turn in only your final copy and graphic organizer.


VALUE: 100 POINTS ASSIGNED: 4/20/15 DUE: 4/28/15

Late papers are reduced by one letter grade per day.


Point-by-Point (five paragraph format)


I.

Introduction and background information on The Outsiders and three additional texts. Thesis statement should be the last sentence of introductory paragraph and should include the names of the texts and the three points to be compared and contrasted.


II.

Topic Sentence 1: First similarity and difference

A.  Reading Selection Outsiders + TDA support

B.  Reading Selection #1 + TDA support

C. Connect the two selections and transition to the next topic sentence


III.

Topic Sentence 2: Second similarity and difference

A.  Reading Selection Outsiders + TDA support


B.  Reading Selection #2 + TDA support

C. Connect the two selections and transition to the next topic sentence




IV.

Topic Sentence 3: Third similarity and difference
A.  Reading Selection Outsiders + TDA support

B.  Reading Selection #3 + TDA support



C. Connect the two selections and transition to the conclusion


V.

Conclusion – restate three key points and thesis while providing closure for the reader and final thoughts



Be creative with your outline. The graphic organizer above is one suggestion to help you get started; feel free to diagram as needed.

***Please Turn in your Graphic Organizer for a total of 10 points.


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