Category A: Exemplary B: Solid



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Research Paper Rubric - First Draft

Category

A: Exemplary

B: Solid

C: Competent

F: Insufficient

Objective or
Thesis


Thesis is clearly stated and appropriately focused, prompting a “So what?” exploration.

Thesis is clearly stated, but focus could have been sharper or more compelling.

Thesis does not lend itself to readily available answers.

No statement of thesis or objective for research.

Information Sources

Information comes from a rich variety of quality electronic and print sources, including critical readings relating to the thesis or problem.

Information comes from both print and electronic sources but some sources are of questionable value.

Student relies significantly more on either print or electronic sources and displays minimal effort in selecting quality sources.

Sources are not compelling in either variety or quality.

Analysis

Student carefully analyzes the information collected and draws appropriate and inventive conclusions supported by evidence.

Student shows good effort in analyzing the evidence collected.

Conclusions could be supported by stronger evidence. Level of analysis is superficial.

Conclusions are little more than restatements of information or not adequately supported by evidence.

Organization

The introduction, body, and conclusion are organized and presented in such a clear and creative way that the reader moves easily through the text.

The organizational structure is strong enough to move the reader through the text without undue confusion.

The organizational structure is stilted and predictable without flair in either the introduction or conclusion.

The information appears to be disorganized.

Content Integration

The essay smoothly integrates the writer’s ideas, “quotable” quotations, and paraphrasing.

The essay relies more on ideas from the research than on the writer’s response even though quotes are “quotable” and paraphrasing is solid.

The essay demonstrates little of the writer’s own ideas in response to the research, relying on quotes poorly connected.

The essay leans heavily toward stringing together quoted material without thoughtfully responding to it or carefully shaping it.

Writing Style

Beyond being correct, sentences are varied in length and type.

Sentences are correct but not varied.

Short, simple and compound sentences prevail.

Sentence errors, such as fragments and run-ons, detract from the reading.

Mechanics

No grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors.

Almost no grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors.

A few grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors.

Many grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors.

Documentation of Sources

All sources (information and graphics) are documented internally according to the MLA format.

All sources (information and graphics) are documented internally, but a few are not in the MLA format.

All sources (information and graphics) are documented internally, but many are not in the MLA format.

Some sources are not documented.

Works Cited

Works Cited page is error free.

Works Cited page contains few errors.

Works Cited page contains several errors.

Works Cited page contains numerous errors.


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