A living, breathing teacher is the best tool to assess a written essay.
However, DA found a few tools that can do almost the same job, pointing out narrative, organization and purpose of an essay. We used an authentic essay that a fifth-grade girl in Connecticut wrote about her very big mastiff dog named Bam Bam.
And two tools, PEG Writing and ETS’ E-Rater, were able to assess the same essay separately.
Here is the original essay:
BamBam by Tess A.
Once upon a time their was a little dog. His name was BamBam.