The thesis statement is strong and relevant, and perfectly communicates an original idea that frames the rest of the writing.
The organization strongly supports the argument/thesis statement, without any significant gaps or diversions.
Evidence very strongly supports author’s claims, and gives very high-confidence they’ve considered the full range of issues of relevance to the topic
Writing strongly, clearly and consistently communicates the author’s ideas
Goes beyond choosing and applying appropriate geographic concepts to also exploring relations among these concepts in a coherent way