Criteria and Rubric

Essay contest

USE OF LANGUAGE
Essay displays skillful use of language; vocabulary is accurate and varied; words are appropriately and carefully chosen.

  • Strongly Disagree: 1
  • Disagree: 2
  • Neutral: 3
  • Agree: 4
  • Strongly Agree: 5
GRAMMAR AND WORD USAGE
Essay is free of most mistakes in grammar, word usage and mechanics.

  • Strongly Disagree: 1
  • Disagree: 2
  • Neutral: 3
  • Agree: 4
  • Strongly Agree: 5
ORGANIZATION
Essay is well organized and clearly focused; ideas are coherent and flow seamlessly.

  • Strongly Disagree: 1
  • Disagree: 2
  • Neutral: 3
  • Agree: 4
  • Strongly Agree: 5
IMPACT
Essay shows measurable and significant impact of the student’s choice of self-improvement.

  • Strongly Disagree: 1
  • Disagree: 2
  • Neutral: 3
  • Agree: 4
  • Strongly Agree: 5
CREATIVITY
Essay demonstrates self-awareness with creative problem-solving strategy that is clearly described. Personal connection to candidate is apparent.

  • Strongly Disagree: 1.5
  • Disagree: 2.5
  • Neutral: 3.5
  • Agree: 4.5
  • Strongly Agree: 5.5
INSIGHTFULNESS
Essay is uniquely, effectively, and insightfully developed through outstanding critical thinking skill.

  • Strongly Disagree: 1.5
  • Disagree: 2.5
  • Neutral: 3.5
  • Agree: 4.5
  • Strongly Agree: 5.5
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Oral presentation

PRESENTATION
Candidate spoke and enunciated clearly, used appropriate body language and made good eye contact; dressed appropriately

  • Strongly Disagree: 1
  • Disagree: 2
  • Neutral: 3
  • Agree: 4
  • Strongly Agree: 5
ORGANIZATION
Presentation had a coherent introduction, body, and conclusion; conveyed a message that was clearly communicated.

  • Strongly Disagree: 1
  • Disagree: 2
  • Neutral: 3
  • Agree: 4
  • Strongly Agree: 5
SUPPORTING INFORMATION
The message was supported by relevant examples and evidences.

  • Strongly Disagree: 1
  • Disagree: 2
  • Neutral: 3
  • Agree: 4
  • Strongly Agree: 5
IMPACT
Presentation showed measurable and significant impact of the candidate’s choice of self-improvement.

  • Strongly Disagree: 1
  • Disagree: 2
  • Neutral: 3
  • Agree: 4
  • Strongly Agree: 5
CREATIVITY
The presentation was unique and demonstrates self-awareness with creative problem-solving strategy that is clearly described. Personal connection to the candidate was apparent.

  • Strongly Disagree: 1.5
  • Disagree: 2.5
  • Neutral: 3.5
  • Agree: 4.5
  • Strongly Agree: 5.5
INSIGHTFULNESS
The presentation was effectively and insightfully developed through outstanding critical thinking skill.

  • Strongly Disagree: 1.5
  • Disagree: 2.5
  • Neutral: 3.5
  • Agree: 4.5
  • Strongly Agree: 5.5
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