– the body of the essay develops the central purpose in a thoughtful substantive in-depth way

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– the body of the essay develops the central purpose in a thoughtful substantive in-depth way

Any topic (writer’s choice)

the first paragraph offers an engaging opening that leads to a suitable thesis of contrast

– the body of the essay develops the central purpose in a thoughtful substantive in-depth way

– the essay reveals the students good understanding and close engagement with both poems

– the student clearly differentiates between the two poems throughout the essay

– the comparison of the two poems goes beyond a mere listing of differences or similarities and enhances an understanding of the two texts and the issues involved

– the ambition and quality of the insights presented move beyond what is merely “safe” or “standard” and is thoughtful and perhaps even striking

(Audience)

– the student writer demonstrates a good sense of the target audience (an informed reader not a general reader)

(Organization Coherence Support)

– the essay is well-organized and coherent and presented in a logically sequenced way; there are clear connections established between paragraphs

– the assertions are supported with lively telling details from both texts

– the quotations from the two texts are aptly chosen skillfully introduced adequately commented upon and integrated gracefully in the essay