Grading Rubric—Research Paper

A “7” or “8” indicates completely satisfactory achievement of that particular requirement.  More rare, a “9” or “10” indicates outstanding achievement—in other words, your paper stands out as an exceptionally fine example of thought, clarity, etc. that students don’t usually exhibit—while a “1” indicates complete neglect of the requirement.

 

Focus:  There is a clearly-worded thesis statement which incorporates the topic, stance,                    

and plan you intend for your essay.  Your paper has a clear and appropriate focus.  Your topic

offers insightful and in-depth analysis of your topic.

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Organization:  You divide your argument into coherent, logical categories and appropriate

headings.  You transition between these categories and show the relationship of ideas.  You also

transition and show connections between ideas and research so that the reader understands how

relates.

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Support:  You have sufficiently supported your thesis with specific examples and material 

from outside sources.    Your evidence is credible (e.g., you’ve established its credibility and

it comes from respected, relevant sources). You’ve connected evidence from outside sources to

your original ideas/insights so that the source material serves as proof of your thesis/topic sentence

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Paragraph Focus:  Each paragraph is carefully focused on one particular aspect of your topic.          

This focus is clearly indicated, and the relationship between paragraphs is made clear.  There

is a clearly-worded topic sentence to indicate the focus of the paragraph.

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Visuals: Your paper contains at least one visual, which is labeled correctly, has a descriptive title

and is referenced with the body of your paper.  The visual is correct for the type of information

you wish to convey (e.g., if you are comparing prices between three companies a bar chart might

be more effective than a table).

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Introduction/Conclusion:  You effectively introduce your topic.  You use a method of

introduction that captures the reader’s attention.  Your conclusion restates your thesis in a

manner that does not feel repetitive.  You use a method of conclusion that does more than

simply restate the main ideas; it engages the reader’s emotions, or provides an application to

society, etc.  These methods are indicated in the letter of transmittal.

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APA: In-text documentation.  Correctly document sources’ ideas. Correct punctuation. 

handle long quotes correctly.  Easy to distinguish between your ideas and sources’ (e.g., source

boundaries).

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APA:  Reference Page.  Correctly construct, format, and organize entries according to APA standards.

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Front Matter:  You include the appropriate front matter and correctly format the document.  Each

element of the front matter is effectively written and contains the appropriate information.

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Basic Writing Conventions:  You following standard writing conventions of

grammar, spelling, mechanics etc. 

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