ELL American Government

Common Assessments

1st Amendment Essay

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CATEGORY
4 - Above Standards
3 - Meets Standards
2 - Approaching Standards
1 - Below Standards
Score
Identify 1st Amendment Right
Identifies and thoroughly explains a 1st Amendment right using his/her own words.
Identifies and explains a 1st Amendment right using his/her own words.
Identifies a 1st Amendment right with limited explanation.
Identifies a 1st Amendment right.

Relationship between 1st Amendment & a real life experience
Thoroughly explains the relationship between the amendment and a real life experience.
Explains the relationship between the amendment and a real life experience.
Explains a real life experience and a brief correlation to the 1st Amendment.
Explains a real life experience but no correlation to the 1st Amendment.

Closing paragraph
The conclusion is strong and leaves the reader solidly understanding the writer's position.
The conclusion is recognizable. The author's position is restated within the first two sentences of the closing paragraph.
The author's position is restated within the closing paragraph, but not near the beginning.
There is no conclusion - the paper just ends.

Grammar & Spelling
Author makes no errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.
Author makes 1-2 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.
Author makes 3-4 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.
Author makes more than 4 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.

Capitalization & Punctuation
Author makes no errors in capitalization or punctuation, so the essay is exceptionally easy to read.
Author makes 1-2 errors in capitalization or punctuation, but the essay is still easy to read.
Author makes a few errors in capitalization and/or punctuation that catch the reader's attention and interrupt the flow.
Author makes several errors in capitalization and/or punctuation that catch the reader's attention and interrupt the flow.