These superior papers are specific in their references, sound in their definitions, and free of plot summary that is not relevant to the question. These essays need not be without flaws, but they demonstrate the writer's ability to discuss a prompt with insight and understanding and to control a wide range of the elements of effective composition. They also demonstrate stylistic maturity by an effective command of syntax, diction, and organization. At all times, they stay focused on the question and the thesis. These papers reflect stylistic flair and in-depth and original, concrete supporting details.
9—97—particularly full or apt, essays that “sparkle”
8—93—effectively answer the prompt
7-6 Suggests Competence These essays suggest an accurate understanding of the prompt, but are less thorough, less perceptive, or less specific than 9-8 papers. These essays are well-written in an appropriate style, but with less maturity and control than the top papers. They demonstrate the writer's ability to analyze a literary work, but they reveal a more limited understanding than do the papers in the 9-8 range. Some lapses in diction or syntax may appear, but the writing demonstrates sufficient control over the elements of composition to present the writer’s ideas clearly. Statements are supported by relevant evidence, but with less specificity or effectiveness than in essays in the 9-8 range.
7—87—slightly insightful, complex
6—83—adequate, formulaic, ordinary, yet accurate
5 Inconsistent Discussion of meaning may be unexciting, mechanical, or inadequately related to the chosen details. Typically, these essays reveal simplistic thinking and/or immature writing. They are adequately written, but usually demonstrate inconsistent control over the elements of composition and are not as well conceived, organized, or developed as the upper-half papers. On the other hand, the writing is sufficient to convey the writer's ideas and stay focused on the prompt. Organization...