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Interactive Rubric for Written Communication: 5.1. Clarity

This guide will help you understand common conventions of academic writing and the application of marking rubrics



Definition (formal)

Clarity describes the use of clear and precise expression that is appropriate to the genre.

Definition (formal)

Clarity: Can you say that more clearly?


For example, the definitions in the Persuasive Essay Example have more clarity than those in the second sample below:

More appropriate:

Nature denotes biological and genetic influences on human ability and behaviour. Nurture denotes environmental influences on human ability and behaviour.

Less appropriate:

Nature is defined as our inherited genetics like through survival of the fittest and Dawinism that affect our behaviour and abilities, in contrast to our learning environment influencing our abilities and behaviour (Nurture).

Resources (textbook)

Refer to the textbook pages and sections to improve your knowledge and understanding of the criterion.

Resources (web)

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