- Is the main idea stated clearly?
- Does the writer take a firm, clear stand on a debatable issue?
- Does the writer employ adequate evidence to support that stand?
- Does the writer consider his or her audience?
- Are main arguments based on logic but employ emotion effectively?
- Does the argument take into account and refute counter-arguments?
- Does the writer offer or call for solutions?
This post is one worth coming back to throughout the semester.