POP Research Paper Rubric - 8th Grade Humanities  

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IDEA DEVELOPMENT

⬜  Strong, clear thesis

⬜ All ideas support the thesis statement

⬜ Main and supporting points are strong, logical arguments

⬜ The essay demonstrates depth of understanding

 All evidence is clearly analyzed in the context of the point it is supporting.

⬜  Strong, clear thesis

⬜ Most ideas support the thesis statement

⬜ Main and supporting points are logical arguments

⬜ The essay demonstrates understanding

⬜ Most evidence is analyzed in the context of the point it is supporting.

⬜  Thesis is present but needs to be stronger.

⬜ Some ideas connect to the thesis statement

⬜ Some of the main and supporting points are logical arguments

⬜ The essay demonstrates some understanding

⬜ Some evidence is analyzed in the context of the point it is supporting.

 ⬜  Thesis does not provide direction for the essay

⬜ Few ideas support or connect to the thesis statement

⬜ Few of the main and supporting points are logical arguments (faulty reasoning)

⬜ The essay demonstrates little understanding

⬜ Most/all analysis of evidence missing.

CONTENT INFORMATION

⬜  Evidence strongly supports major points and supporting details.

⬜ All evidence is relevant and applied to the thesis.

⬜ Three or more credible sources are used.

⬜ All evidence is presented concisely and effectively (ex. trim quotes).

⬜ Paraphrased information is accurate

⬜  Evidence supports major points and supporting details.

⬜ Evidence is generally relevant and applied to the thesis.

⬜ Three or more credible sources are used.

⬜ Most evidence is presented concisely and effectively (ex. trim quotes).

⬜ Paraphrased information is accurate

⬜  Most major points are supported by evidence.

⬜ Evidence is generally relevant to the thesis, but it is not always explicitly applied.

⬜ Two to three credible sources are used.

⬜ Some evidence is presented concisely and effectively.

⬜ Paraphrased information is mostly accurate

⬜  Evidence does not clearly support major points.

⬜ Relevance of evidence is difficult to determine.

⬜ Two or fewer sources are used or lack credibility.

⬜ Little evidence is presented concisely and effectively.

⬜  Paraphrased information is not accurate

ORGANIZATION

 ⬜ Compelling introduction that masterfully introduces the subject and provides a map for the essay

⬜ Context gives meaning to a strong and organized thesis

⬜ Clear and purposeful conclusion

⬜ Supporting information is presented in the best possible order

⬜ Supports their evidence and builds their own comments on the topic

(PPC or IDEAS)

⬜ Thesis is located at the beginning of the essay

 Ideas are presented clearly and  concisely

⬜ Introduction presents subject and provides map for the essay

⬜ Context provides background for thesis

⬜ Conclusion brings closure to major ideas in essay

⬜ Most supporting information is presented in best order

⬜ Supports their evidence with their own comments

(PPC or IDEAS)

⬜ Thesis is located at the beginning of the essay

⬜ Ideas are mostly presented clearly, without rambling

 ⬜ Introduction is present, but does not provide clear map for the essay

⬜ Limited context to provide background for thesis

⬜ Conclusion is present, but does not purposefully bring closure to the essay

⬜ Supporting information is present, but is not presented in the best order

⬜ Attempts to support evidence

⬜ Thesis is located in an inappropriate place

⬜ Some issues with presenting ideas clearly

 ⬜ Introduction does not provide a clear guide for the essay

⬜ Context does not provide background for thesis

⬜ Conclusion does not  bring closure to the essay

⬜ There is limited or irrelevant supporting information

⬜ No attempt at supporting evidence

⬜ Thesis is located in an inappropriate place

⬜ Ideas are not presented clearly

ACADEMIC TONE (VOICE) AND WORD CHOICE

⬜ An advanced academic tone is maintained throughout, including the use of 3rd person point of view

⬜ Content specific word choice is used effectively

⬜ Word choice is appropriate for an academic tone and enhances argument

⬜ An academic tone in maintained throughout, including the use of 3rd person point of view

⬜ Content specific word choice is used when appropriate

⬜ Word choice is mostly appropriate for an academic tone

⬜ An academic tone is attempted, but flaws in point of view

⬜ Content specific word choice is used sparingly 

⬜ Word choice does not match an academic tone, but does not detract from argument

 ⬜ There is not an academic tone OR the piece is in first person point of view

⬜ Content specific word choice in not used

⬜ Word choice detracts from the intended argument AND/OR is not appropriate for purpose

MECHANICS and Fluency

⬜  Consistently varies sentence length, type and structure to promote fluency

Transitional words are used effectively  both between and within paragraphs to maintain clarity and rhythm

⬜  Quotations are incorporated smoothly into sentences

⬜ Paper contains only minor errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar and/or usage

 ⬜  There is some variety of sentence length, type and structure to promote fluency

Transitional words are used both between and within paragraphs to maintain clarity and rhythm

⬜  Quotations are incorporated correctly into sentences

⬜ Paper contains some errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar and/or usage but does not impede the meaning

⬜  There is  limited  variety of sentence length, type and structure

Transitional words are used between  or within paragraphs

⬜  Quotations are incorporated into sentences, although not necessarily formatted correctly

 ⬜ Paper contains several errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar and/or usage and may impede the meaning

⬜  There is  very little  variety of sentence length, type and structure

Transitional words are absent

⬜  Quotations are not present

⬜ Paper contains several errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar and usage, which significantly impede the meaning

CITATION AND FORMATTING

⬜ In-text citations are formatted correctly according to MLA style

⬜ Works Cited Page contains correctly-formatted entries in alphabetical order

⬜ All text is color-coded correctly

 ⬜ In-text citations are formatted correctly according to MLA style with few mistakes.

⬜ Works Cited Page contains correctly-formatted entries in alphabetical order with few mistakes

⬜ Almost all text is color-coded correctly

  ⬜ In-text citations are present but have several mistakes are are completely incorrect.

⬜ Works Cited Page is present but contains several mistakes or is completely incorrect.

⬜ Some text is color-coded correctly

 ⬜ Missing all or most in-text citations

⬜ Works Cited Page is missing, incomplete or just a list of websites, books, etc.

⬜ Text is color-coded incorrectly or not at all

 

*PPC: point proof comment

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