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					                                    NCLC 375, Education and Society         Grading Rubric, Final Paper


                 The A paper                  The B paper                 The C paper                  The D paper                The F paper
Ideas            Excels in responding to      A solid paper, responds     Adequate but weaker          Does not have a clear      Does not respond to the
                 assignment. Interesting,     appropriately to            and less effective,          central idea or does not   assignment, lacks a
                 demonstrates                 assignment. Clearly         responding less well to      respond appropriately to   thesis or central idea,
                 sophisticated thought.       states a thesis/central     assignment. Presents         the assignment. Thesis     and may neglect to use
                 Central idea/thesis is       idea, but may have          central idea in general      may be too vague or        sources where
                 clearly communicated,        minor lapses in             terms, often depending       obvious to be developed    necessary.
                 worth developing;            development. Begins to      on platitudes or clichés.    effectively. Paper may
                 manageable. Paper            acknowledge the             Usually does not             misunderstand sources.
                 recognizes some              complexity of central       acknowledge other
                 complexity of its thesis:    idea and the possibility    views. Shows basic
                 may acknowledge its          of other points of view.    comprehension of
                 contradictions,              Shows careful reading       sources, perhaps with
                 qualifications, or limits.   of sources, but may not     lapses in understanding.
                 Understands and              evaluate them critically.   If it defines terms, often
                 critically evaluates         Attempts to define          depends on dictionary
                 sources, appropriately       terms, not always           definitions.
                 defines terms.               successfully.
Organization &   Uses a logical structure     Shows a logical             May list ideas or            May have random            No appreciable
coherence        appropriate to paper's       progression of ideas and    arrange them randomly        organization, lacking      organization; lacks
                 subject, purpose, and        uses fairly sophisticated   rather than using any        internal paragraph         transitions and
                 thesis. Sophisticated        transitional devices;       evident logical              coherence and using        coherence.
                 transitional sentences       e.g., may move from         structure. While each        few or inappropriate
                 often develop one idea       least to more important     paragraph may relate to      transitions. Paragraphs
                 from the previous one or     idea. Some logical links    central idea, logic is not   may lack topic
                 identify their logical       may be faulty, but each     always clear.                sentences or main ideas,
                 relations. It guides the     paragraph clearly relates   Paragraphs have topic        or may be too general or
                 reader through the chain     to paper's central idea.    sentences but may be         too specific to be
                 of reasoning or                                          overly general, and          effective. Paragraphs
                 progression of ideas.                                    arrangement of               may not all relate to
                                                                          sentences within             paper's thesis.
                                                                          paragraphs may lack
                                                                          coherence.
Support     Uses evidence              Begins to offer reasons    Often uses                  Depends on clichés or       Uses irrelevant details
            appropriately and          to support its points,     generalizations to          overgeneralizations for     or lacks supporting
            effectively, providing     perhaps using varied       support its points. May     support, or offers little   evidence entirely. May
            sufficient evidence and    kinds of evidence.         use examples, but they      evidence of any kind.       be unduly brief.
            explanation to convince.   Begins to interpret the    may be obvious or not       May be personal
                                       evidence and explain       relevant. Often depends     narrative rather than
                                       connections between        on unsupported opinion      essay, or summary
                                       evidence and main          or personal experience,     rather than analysis.
                                       ideas. Its examples bear   or assumes that
                                       some relevance.            evidence speaks for
                                                                  itself and needs no
                                                                  application to the point
                                                                  being discussed. Often
                                                                  has lapses in logic.
Style       Chooses words for their    Generally uses words       Uses relatively vague       May be too vague and        Usually contains many
            precise meaning and        accurately and             and general words, may      abstract, or very           awkward sentences,
            uses an appropriate        effectively, but may       use some inappropriate      personal and specific.      misuses words, employs
            level of specificity.      sometimes be too           language. Sentence          Usually contains several    inappropriate language.
            Sentence style fits        general. Sentences         structure generally         awkward or
            paper's audience and       generally clear, well      correct, but sentences      ungrammatical
            purpose. Sentences are     structured, and focused,   may be wordy,               sentences; sentence
            varied, yet clearly        though some may be         unfocused, repetitive, or   structure is simple or
            structured and carefully   awkward or ineffective.    confusing.                  monotonous.
            focused, not long and
            rambling.
Mechanics   Almost entirely free of    May contain a few          Usually contains several    Usually contains either     Usually contains so
            spelling, punctuation,     errors, which may          mechanical errors,          many mechanical errors      many mechanical errors
            and grammatical errors.    annoy the reader but not   which may temporarily       or a few important          that it is impossible for
                                       impede understanding.      confuse the reader but      errors that block the       the reader to follow the
                                                                  not impede the overall      reader's understanding      thinking from sentence
                                                                  understanding.              and ability to see          to sentence.
                                                                                              connections between
                                                                                              thoughts

				
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