Rubric of Composition Skills in Ascending Order of Complexity across Courses

 

ENG 1

ENG 3

ENG 111

ENG 112

Paraphrasing other’s works

Summarizing and responding to other’s work

Summarizing and responding with quotations and attribution/ documentation

Writing a critical synthesis with attribution/ documentation

Writing personal narratives

Writing focused, multi-paragraph, personal narratives

Writing narrative as supportive detail or what happened and what it means

Analyzing and using one’s experiences as a source

Differentiating fact from opinion

Reading an argument

Analyzing another’s argument

Creating an argument of your own

“What I think” reactions

“Why I think what I think” reactions

Position paper with secondary source support

Contextualized argument with secondary source support

Writing comparisons

Writing comparisons and contrasts

Using rhetorical strategies

Continued use of rhetorical strategies in response to a variety of texts

Writing definitions

(single paragraph)

Writing extended definitions

Using rhetorical strategies

Continued use of rhetorical strategies in response to a variety of texts

Writing examples

(single paragraph)

Writing detailed/ complex examples

Using rhetorical strategies

Continued use of rhetorical strategies in response to a variety of texts

Writing processes

(single paragraph)

Writing a more detailed process analysis

Using rhetorical strategies

Continued use of rhetorical strategies in response to a variety of texts

Stating one’s opinion:  “I think....”

 

(No MLA)

Stating other’s opinion:  “He says....”

 

(Limited  MLA)

Interweaving more complicated attribution/ documentation

(MLA)

Interweaving more complicated attribution/ documentation

(MLA)

Reading one’s work aloud

Reading one’s and other’s works aloud

Presenting one’s work orally

Arguing for one’s position orally

Recogizing that writing is to be read by others

Examining changes to text necessary because of different audiences

Writing to different audiences for different purposes

Writing to different audiences for different purposes

Recognizing and producing grammatical and mechanical conventions appropriate at the paragraph/multi- paragraph level (250 words)

Recognizing and producing grammatical and mechanical conventions appropriate at the paragraph/ short essay level (250-500 words)

Recognizing and producing grammatical and mechanical conventions appropriate to an organized, developed essay  (500- 1500 words)

Recognizing and producing grammatical and mechanical conventions appropriate to an organized, developed essay  (500- 1500 words)