Cause and Effect essay rubric and peer editing checklist

Cause and Effect Essay Peer Editing Exercise (page 1)

My name________________________ Name of Essay Writer____________________

1. The essay has a proper heading.

(Name, Date, Period, Teacher’s Name in upper right hand corner)                                   

Yes     No (if no circle what applies)

2. The essay has a title.                                                     

Yes     No

3. The title is topic related and creative.

            Yes     No

4. The title is typed and centered on the page.

            Yes     No

5. The paper is properly formatted.

            (12 pt Times New Roman font, Double Spaced, 1 inch margins, 2-3 Pages, page numbers)

                        Yes     No (if no circle what applies)


            The introduction has an attention grabbing first sentence.

                        Yes     No

            The introduction contains specific details.

                        Yes     No       (if yes please list those details)

            The introduction has a thesis statement.

                        Yes     No

            The introduction makes me want to continue reading the paper.

                        Yes     No (state why you answered yes or no)

Thesis Statement:

            The thesis statement is the last sentence of the introductory paragraph.

                        Yes     No

            The thesis statement contains a topic, an opinion, and three proofs.

                        Yes     No (if no circle what applies)

                                    Topic: _________________

                                    Opinion: _____________________

                                    Three Proofs:

                                                1. ____________________________________

                                                2. ____________________________________

                                                3. ____________________________________

Body Paragraphs:

            The essay contains three distinct and separate body paragraphs.

                        Yes     No

Cause and Effect Essay Peer Editing Exercise (page 2)

The body paragraphs contain a topic sentence.

                        Yes     No

            The topic sentences are connected to the thesis statement.

Yes     no

The body paragraphs are longer than the introduction and conclusion.

                        Yes     No

            The body paragraphs each contain one conflicting detail.

                        Yes     No (if no list which paragraphs do not)

            The body paragraphs each contain at least two examples proving the conflicting details.

            Yes     No (if no list which paragraphs do not)


            The conclusion restates thesis in a slightly different manner.

                        Yes     No

            The conclusion provides an overview of the paper.

                        Yes     No

            The conclusion does not bring up any new points.

                        Yes     No

            The conclusion provides a sense of closure to the paper.

                        Yes     No

Did you like or dislike the paper? Answer yes or no then explain why.

What could be done to improve the paper?

What are the strong points of the paper?

What are the weak points of the paper?

What did you learn about the essay topic?

Name _________________________    Date __________    Period __________

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Cause & Effect Essay Rubric

Proper Format                                                                                                               _____/ 5

  • 12 pt font (1/2 point)
  • Times New Roman (1/2 point)
  • Double Spacing, 1 inch margins (1/2 point)
  • 2-3 pages (1/2 point)
  • Heading in the upper-right hand corner (2 points)
    • Includes your name, date, class period, teacher’s name
  • Page numbers in the bottom middle of each page (1 point)

Title                                                                                                                                  _____/ 03

  • Topic related (1 point)
  • Creative (1 point)
  • Centered (1 point)

Introduction                                                                                                                    _____/ 03                                                                                    

  • General, does not contain specific evidence (1 point)
  • Opening sentence attention grabbing (1 point)
  • Contains thesis statement (1 point)

Thesis Statement                                                                                                         _____/ 03

  • Contains essay topic (1point)
  • Contains opinion of essay topic (1point)
  • Contains three proofs (1 point)

Body Paragraphs                                                                                                        _____ / 21

  • Essay has three body paragraphs (3 points)                       
  • Body paragraphs are longer than the introductory and
    • conclusion paragraphs (3 points)
  • Each body paragraph includes a topic sentence (3 points)
  • Each body paragraph includes two qualities (6 points)
  • Each body paragraph includes two examples per paragraph (6 points)

Topic sentences                                                                                                         _____ / 03

  • Topic sentences connect to the thesis statement   

Conclusion                                                                                                                   _____ / 03

  • Restates thesis (1point)
  • Overview of Proof (1point)
  • Provides a closure to the essay (1point)

Spelling and Grammar (% mistakes = total mistakes /total words)                     _____ / 09

  • Essay contains less than 3% mistakes (full credit)
  • Essay contains between 4% & 5% mistakes (6 points)
  • Essay contains less than 5% & 6% mistakes (3 points)
  • Essay contains greater than 6% (0 points)

Total Points                                                                                                                 _____ / 50

     50 – 46 A    45 – 42 B    41 – 37 C    36 – 33 D    32 – 00 F


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