9 Essays earning a score of 9 meet all
the criteria for 8 papers and in addition are especially full or apt
in their analysis or demonstrate particularly impressive stylistic
||Essays earning a score of 8 effectively analyze how Lamb uses
techniques of language to decline Wordsworth's invitation. They refer to
the text, directly or indirectly, and are likely to describe cogently
how strategies such as irony, humor, syntax, and use of examples
contribute to the passage's tone. Their prose demonstrates an ability to
control a wide range of the elements of effective writing but is not
7 Essays earning a score of 7 fit the description
of 6 essays but provide more complete analysis or demonstrate more
mature prose style.
||Essays earning a score of 6 adequately analyze Lamb's techniques of
language as he replies to Wordsworth's invitation. They refer to the
text, directly or indirectly, and they may discuss or implicitly
recognize the tone of the passage and how it is conveyed by strategies
such as irony, humor, syntax, and use of examples. A few lapses in
diction or syntax may be present, but generally the prose of 6 essays
conveys their writers' ideas clearly.
||Essays earning a score of 5 analyze Lamb's techniques in his letter
but their development of Lamb's strategies is limited. They may treat
techniques in a superficial way or develop their ideas inconsistently. A
few lapses in diction or syntax may be present, but usually the prose in
5 essays conveys their writers' ideas.
||Essays earning a score of 4 inadequately respond to the question's
tasks. They may misrepresent Lamb's tone, analyze techniques
inaccurately, or identify them without much development or understanding
of how techniques contribute to Lamb's tone. The prose of 4 essays may
convey their writers' ideas adequately, but may suggest immature control
over organization, diction or syntax.
3 Essays earning a score of 3 meet the criteria
for the score of 4 but are less perceptive about how techniques of
language convey tone or less consistent in controlling elements of
||Essays earning a score of 2 demonstrate little success in analyzing
the techniques of language Lamb uses in his letter. They may substitute
simpler tasks for the one at hand, summarizing Lamb's letter or simply
listing examples. They may misunderstand or ignore tone. The prose of 2
papers often reveals consistent weaknesses in writing, a lack of
organization, grammatical problems or control.
1 Essays earning a score of 1 meet the criteria
for the score of 2, but in addition are especially simplistic in their
ideas or weak in their control of language.
||Indicates an on-topic response that receives no credit, such as one
that merely repeats the prompt.
||Indicates a blank response or one that is completely off topic.