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DEPARTMENT OF SPANISH and ITALIAN

University of Illinois at Chicago



SPANISH COMPOSITION EVALUATION CRITERIA: E-mail or letter
STUDENT COURSE/SEMESTER
TOPIC OF ESSAY
1
st
Draft
CONTENT: 15 points maximum Score:
15-
13
EXCELLENT TO VERY GOOD: The information included is relevant. Ideas are clear and well
developed. The writer includes all the information needed in a formal letter or e-mail and explains
clearly what the purpose of the letter/ e-mail is without having an abrupt start that reveals the
purpose from the very beginning. Addresses the recipient formally and includes a formal
salutation and closing.
12-
8
GOOD TO AVERAGE: The content of the letter is accurate and clear. The writer has some minor
organization or clarification problems. The register varies at times from formal to informal.
Includes salutation and closing but misses some other conventional aspects.
7-4 FAIR TO POOR: The letter/ e-mail is too informal and feels too abrupt without following formal
conventions. Some of the ideas and inquiries are good but lack clarity and the writer does not
address the purpose of the letter clearly. Fails to address the recipient using the adequate
salutation or closing.
4-0 VERY POOR: Lacks formality. There is not a clear goal for the letter or a clear idea of what is
required from the recipient. The register is too informal without including salutation, closing or
similar aspects and the content is unclear or incomplete.
ORGANIZATION: 15 points maximum Score:
15-
13
EXCELLENT TO VERY GOOD: The letter/e-mail includes the proper heading, body and final
closing. Sequence of ideas (paragraphs) in the letter/e-mail is clear, logical, and complete;
paragraphs have topic sentences, transitions, and are internally coherent.
12-
8
GOOD TO AVERAGE: Minor weaknesses in overall organizational pattern and/or paragraph
structure (e.g., some formal letter structure missing some irrelevant ideas/paragraphs included;
some ideas omitted or not fully developed; some paragraphs with no major point).
7-5

FAIR TO POOR: Major weaknesses in organization and/or paragraph structure (e.g., Does not
include the formal letter structure, frequent digressions; few transitions; serious omissions or
underdevelopment).
4-0 VERY POOR: lack of overall organization and/or absence of coherent paragraphs and additional
letter structure and organization(e.g., no explicit relationships among ideas in the paper; many
one-sentence paragraphs, etc.).

VOCABULARY: 30 points maximum Score:
30-
23
EXCELLENT TO VERY GOOD: Vocabulary of sophisticated range; effective use of word/idiom
choice and usage, word form mastery, appropriate register. No use of oral language/register.
22-
15
GOOD TO AVERAGE: Vocabulary shows adequate range; occasional errors of word/idiom form,
choice, and usage, but meaning is not obscured. Oral language/register only scarcely employed.
14-
8
FAIR TO POOR: Vocabulary has limited range, frequent errors of word/idiom form, choice, usage;
meaning is confused or obscured.
7-0 VERY POOR: Vocabulary is essentially translation; clear projection from English.
LANGUAGE USE: 30 points maximum Score:
30-
23
EXCELLENT TO VERY GOOD: Good construction of sentences, including proper word order,
referents, subject-verb agreement, parallel structure, modifier and clause placement; few errors of
agreement, tense, number, articles, pronouns, prepositions.
22-
15
GOOD TO AVERAGE: Minor weaknesses in grammar; few grammatical errors that, in the context
of the essay, cause the reader some distraction; effective but simple constructions; several errors
in agreement, tense, number, word order/function, articles, pronouns, prepositions, but meaning
seldom obscured.
14-
8
FAIR TO POOR: Major weaknesses in grammar that cause the reader significant distraction;
frequent errors of negation, agreement, tense, number, word order/function; frequent errors of
articles, pronouns, prepositions and/or fragments, run-ons, deletions; meaning is confused or
obscured; reads like a translation from English.
7-0 VERY POOR: Poor grammar; virtually no mastery of sentence construction rules; dominated by
errors; does not communicate.
MECHANICS: 10 points maximum Score:
10-
8
EXCELLENT TO VERY GOOD: Shows mastery of conventions of spelling, punctuation,
capitalization, paragraphing, and accent marks.
7-5 GOOD TO AVERAGE: Occasional errors of spelling, punctuation, capitalization, paragraphing,
and accent marks, but meaning is not obscured.
4-2 FAIR TO POOR: Frequent errors of spelling, punctuation, capitalization, paragraphing, and
accent marks; meaning is confused or obscured.
1-0 VERY POOR: Shows no mastery of conventions; dominated by errors of spelling, punctuation,
capitalization, paragraphing, and accent marks.



STUDENTS NAME:

TOTAL POINTS/GRADE: /100

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS BY INSTRUCTOR:
















2
ND
Draft

Essay Evaluation Criteria Total points: 50

EXCELLENT: All requested revisions were addressed.
46 48 50

GOOD: Only some requested revisions were addressed or corrections were partially incorrect.
37 40 43

POOR: Requested corrections were not addressed.
25 30 35

TOTAL _________/50 GRADE
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