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Grading Rubric for Written Assignments
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PurposeIntroduces and presents paper effectively and clearly; purpose is readily apparent to the readerIntroduces and presents paper adequately; purpose is not consistently clear throughout the paperIntroduces and presents paper somewhat effectively; writing has a clear purpose but may sometimes digress from itIntroduces and presents paper poorly; purpose is generally unclear
Development and contentDevelops paper as assigned with effective supportive examples; provides a balanced presentation of relevant information and shows a thoughtful, in-depth analysis of a significant topic; reader gains insightsDevelops paper as assigned with adequate supportive examples; information displays evidence of a basic analysis of a significant topic; reader gains some insightsDoes not fully develop paper as assigned and may lack proper supportive examples; analysis is basic or general; reader gains few insightsPaper is undeveloped or has no supportive examples; paper does not relate to the assignment; analysis is vague or not evident; reader is confused or may be misinformed
Documentation and supportIdeas are supported effectively and the paper has the required number of legitimate sources that are clearly attributedIdeas are generally supported and paper includes the required number of legitimate sources; attribution is mainly clearAlthough attribution is present, paper may not include the requisite number of sources or may include questionable sources; some statements are unsubstantiated and the source of some ideas is unclearAttribution is missing, or sources given are poorly chosen, or sources have not been used
OrganizationArranges ideas clearly and logically to support the purpose or argument; ideas flow smoothly and are effectively linked; reader can follow the line of reasoningArranges ideas adequately to support the purpose or argument; links between ideas are generally clear; reader can follow the line of reasoning for the most partArranges ideas adequately, in general, although ideas sometimes fail to make sense together; reader remains fairly clear about what writer intendsArranges ideas illogically; ideas frequently fail to make sense together; reader cannot identify a line of reasoning and becomes frustrated or loses interest
Writing mechanicsWriting demonstrates a sophisticated clarity, conciseness, and correctnessWriting is accomplished in terms of clarity and conciseness and contains only a few errorsWriting lacks clarity or conciseness and contains numerous errorsWriting is unfocused, rambling, or contains serious errors
APA formatUses APA format accurately and consistentlyUses APA format with minor violationsReflects incomplete knowledge of APA formatDoes not use APA format
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Note: Criteria are evaluated on a 4-3-2-1-0 basis. Total rubric points are converted first to a letter grade and then to a numerical equivalent based on a 0-100 scale.
Scale: 23-24 = A (93-100); 22 = A- (90-92); 21 = B+ (88-89); 17-20 = B (83-87); 16 = B- (80-82); 15 = C+ (78-79); 11-14 = C (73-77); 10 = C- (70-72); 5-9 = D (60-69); 0-4 = F (below 60).
Rubric for Final Paper
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