A personal paper on the true meaning of christmas

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Introduction (10 points): Establishes a specific topic
and approach and sets an appropriate tone/mood
for the rest of the essay. Engages the reader and
creates interest.

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10–9 8–7 6–5 4–1 0
Coherence and unity (25 points): Ideas flow clearly
and logically as essay is developed. Each paragraph
contains one main idea (with enough detail to
develop that idea clearly and logically) and a
connection to the ideas that precede and follow it.
Clear transitions are present between sentences as
well as between paragraphs. Author remains focused
on the topic.
25–22 21–18 17–14 13–1 0
Support for ideas (20 points): Adequate detail and
accurate support provided for each idea introduced.
Specific, accurate, and relevant examples are used
to show meaning. Essay does not simply make
blanket claims without support.
20–18 17–14 13–10 9–1 0
Sentence structure (10 points): Sentences are
varied in both structure and length. Sentences are
complete, expressive, clear, and to the point. No
run-on sentences or fragments.
10–9 8–7 6–5 4–1 0
Spelling and word choice (10 points): Essay is free of
spelling errors. Appropriate language is chosen for
each situation, fitting the mood/tone set in the
introduction. Word choice complements, does
not inhibit, clarity.
10–9 8–7 6–5 4–1 0
Punctuation (10 points): Essay is free of errors
such as comma splices, misplaced commas, and
inappropriate end punctuation. All punctuation is
used correctly so as not to interfere with comprehension.
10–9 8–7 6–5 4–1 0
Grammar (10 points): Essay uses correct and
consistent verb tenses, subject-verb agreement,
clear pronoun-antecedent agreement, and so on.
Grammar errors do not interfere with comprehension.
10–9 8–7 6–5 4–1 0
Conclusion (5 points): Provides adequate
closure and reinforces the meaning/significance
established in the introduction. Effectively

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