Analytic and Holistic scoring methods are two proper ways to score an essay. The two types of scoring are different in the process that is done in order to score them and the overall grading system.
An example of a holistic essay would be:
Many times, a healthy diet is not a necessity for people, even though it is very important. Please write in an essay explaining the items you ate for the past two days and how you could change those items to make them more nutritious. Your answer should have an in-depth response as to what nutritional value the new diet will have, as well as the nutritional value of the old diet.
This essay will be scored by anonymously reading all of the essays and placing them into three piles of poor, good, and great. From there, the essays will be read again within each pile and then graded. The scale will be from 1-5 and include the following:
1 – Essay does not include any nutritional information, poor grammar, spelling, and organization.
2 – Essay includes a little nutritional information, many grammar, spelling and organization errors.
3 – Essay includes nutritional information with some grammar, spelling, and organization errors.
4 – Essay has good and factual nutritional information with a few grammar, spelling and organization errors.
5 – Essay has excellent and factual nutritional information with no grammar, spelling and organization errors.
This essay will be out of 50 points, once the score has been determined.
An example of an analytic essay would be:
In current news, we have heard a lot about the new “Swine Flu.” Write an essay about the original breakout of the Swine Flu this year and your thoughts on whether it is a pandemic. Information that must be included in this essay is: how it is spread, what the symptoms are, how it is diagnosed, how you can prevent it from spreading, whether you believe this is a pandemic or not and why.
This will be graded by a 0-3 scale making sure all of the information is included as follows:
How it is spread 0 No information included 1 Little information 2Adequate information 3 Excellent information
What the symptoms are 0 No information included 1 Little information 2 Adequate information 3 Excellent information
How it is diagnosed 0 No information included 1 Little information 2 Adequate information 3 Excellent information
How you can prevent it from spreading 0 No information included 1 Little information 2 Adequate information 3 Excellent information
Reason of why it is a pandemic or not 0 No information included 1 Little information 2 Adequate information 3 Excellent information
There is a total possible 15 points and it is then doubled to make the entire essay out of 30 points.