What Is an Argumentative Essay
An argumentative essay is a type of essay, which centers on a narrowed, asserted thesis statement that argues for one side of a debatable issue. It’s very similar to the persuasive and five-paragraph essays because it involves the student-writer ultimately making a point, an argument – hence the name of the essay type – they will be defending throughout their essay.
Argumentative Essay Rubric
One’s instructor generally uses the rubric as a scoring template for evaluating an essay; however, the student faced with the writing assignment can use the rubric to their advantage by seeing what is expected of them in every aspect of completing the essay.
|Introduction||Well-developed introduction paragraph beginning with a relevant and effective topic sentence, followed by a solid background on the topic and finally a strong Thesis Statement.||Introduction paragraph with a Thesis Statement, but could be better developed with the inclusion of a more effective topic sentence and better background information on the topic. The reader understands the argument being made.||Introduction paragraph states the Thesis, but the focus of the essay is not clearly articulated, and background and relevant details are lacking. A better topic sentence is needed. The reader is mostly left in the dark as to what the essay is attempting to argue.||Introduction paragraph does not include an effective Topic Sentence and a Thesis Statement, and does not go into great detail about the topic of the essay.|
|Conclusion||Conclusion paragraph avoids redundancy when summarizing essay’s main points and effectively concludes the essay. The reader should have a clear idea of the essay’s argument.||Conclusion paragraph summarizes main topics of essay in original way, but could more effectively conclude the essay.||Conclusion paragraph summarizes main topics of the essay but fails to effectively conclude the essay.||Conclusion paragraph does not summarize main topics, nor does it appropriately conclude the essay.|
|Main Points||Body paragraphs have three or more main points that are well developed with supporting details that make a solid argument.||Body paragraphs have three or more main points that lack further detail and/or development but still make a mediocre argument.||Body paragraphs have three or more main points, all of which lack development, therefore weakening the argument.||Body paragraphs lack three main points, and coupled with a poor development of ideas, it makes a weak argument.|
|Organization||Logical flow with organized progression of ideas in essay; structure is easy to follow and reinforces essay’s central argument. Essay has effective, appropriate transitions.||Essay is logically developed and moves the reader easily through the text. Lacks some smooth transitions from point to point, taking away from coherence.||Progression in essay is hard to follow, transitions appear sporadically in parts, yet still continues to lead to a relatively decent argument.||Essay’s arrangement is unclear and illogical and lacks a clear sense of direction. It lacks an identifiable internal structure. Transitions are either few, lacking altogether, or forced.|
|Works Cited||Source material was effectively integrated into text. All sources used – in the essay and Works Cited page – are accurately documented in the appropriate format.||Source material was used. All sources used in the essay are accurately documented but not all are done so in the desired format. Most if not all sources are credible.||Source material was used but with awkward integration. Sources used in the essay are accurately documented but not lack proper formatting. Most sources lack credibility.||Essay lacks sources and/or these sources are not credible or accurately documented. Formatting is done incorrectly for all or most cited sources.|
|Mechanics||Sentence structure is strong and done correctly. Punctuation and grammar are done correctly.||Sentence structure is mostly correct, though some awkward sentences do appear. Some grammatical and punctuation errors are present.||Structural weakness and many grammatical and punctuation errors.||Structural weakness and many grammatical and punctuation errors.|
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