GRADING RUBRIC FOR ESSAYS (From HCC History Professor, Ed Carroll) ADDRESSING THE TOPIC. Range from 0 to 10 points. 0-4 mentions the topic in a few words misses the point almost entirely. 5-6. mentions the topic and provides a few remarks about the topic. 7. addresses the main issues identified in the thesis statement. 8. fully addresses the main issues in the thesis statement and some.