Lead/intro is engaging
Clear thesis in introduction & conclusion
One persuasive source is used to back up the claim.
Two paraphrases or one paraphrase and one direct quotation from source is used.
Source is properly introduced in the paper with name and credentials.
Paper has some personality
Voice is appropriate for the audience
Paper shows rather than tells
Paper uses precise language: strong verbs and nouns complement each other
Includes accurate, topic-specific language
Sentence lengths vary
Sentence beginnings and structures vary
Fragments are not a problem
Run-ons are not a problem
Capitalize all proper nouns
No spelling errors
Commas are used after introductory phrases and clauses.
Works Cited is properly formatted