Southeast Missouri State University Wriiting Lab

Sample Scored Essays

Using a topic that has been discontinued, we have included here a set of three actual (anonymous) student papers with their scores, along with an analysis of their strengths and weaknesses.  There are many ways of obtaining a particular score, so these should not be taken as templates or models to follow.  Still, they provide some concrete examples of the ways that the scoring criteria are applied in practice.

Part I Part II
Example score 3 Example score 3
Example score 4 Example score 4
Example score 5 Example score 5


Method | Criteria | Scale | Sample graded papers





2008 Southeast MO St. U.
Updated October 15, 2008
by Allen Gathman