Writing Evaluation Criteria

Subject Matter:
  • Key elements of assignment are covered
  • Content is comprehensive/accurate/persuasive
  • Displays an understanding of relevant theory
  • Major points supported by specific details/examples
  • Research is adequate/timely
Higher-Order Thinking:
  • Writer compares/contrasts/integrates theory/subject matter with work environment/experience
  • At an appropriate level, the writer analyzes and synthesizes theory/practice to develop new ideas and ways of conceptualizing and performing
  • The introduction provides a sufficient background on the topic and previews major points
  • Central theme/purpose is immediately clear
  • Structure is clear, logical, and easy to follow
  • Subsequent sections develop/support the central theme
  • Conclusion/recommendations follow logically from the body of the paper
  • Citations/reference page follow APA guidelines
  • Properly cites ideas/info from other sources
  • Paper is laid out effectively--uses, heading and other reader-friendly tools
  • Paper is neat/shows attention to detail

  • Rules of grammar, usage, punctuation are followed
  • Spelling is correct

  • Sentences are complete, clear, and concise
  • Sentences are well-constructed with consistently strong, varied structure
  • Transitions between sentences/paragraphs/sections help maintain the flow of thought
  • Words used are precise and unambiguous
  • The tone is appropriate to the audience, content, and assignment