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Journal Rubric The Webster Web by alicejenny


									                                  Journal Rubric
SCORE            Content/                            Writing Style/                               Voice/
               Depth of Ideas                      Rhetoric/Argument                            Originality

        The journal meets the                  The journal meets the                  The journal meets the
        expectations described below AND       expectations described below AND       expectations described below AND
        goes “above and beyond” with           shows a clear mastery of language      shows:
 “A+”   engaged analysis, critical             (sophisticated devices and             • a mature and confident writer’s
        thinking, and metacognition; may       strategies incorporated with           voice that shifts depending upon
        include new insights or changes in     ease).                                 the prompt, originality or
        perspective based on inquiry                                                  innovation in multiple entries

        The journal demonstrates a             Journal entries are exceptionally      Most or all journal entries convey:
        sophisticated investigation of         well-written, as evidenced by:         • a strong writer’s voice
        global or cultural issues and ideas,   • logical and “flowing”                • an appropriate level of
 “A”    as evidenced by:                       sense of organization                  closeness to or distance from the
  95    • a clear and consistent               • powerful introductions               audience
        perspective that indicates analysis    • thought-provoking conclusions        • a clear tone, established by the
        and critical thinking                  • sophisticated and varied syntax      writer’s craft
        • a thesis or message supported        • effective diction                    • personality; the reader may
        by appropriate evidence and            • “hooked” transitions between         discern the writer behind the
        examples                               ideas                                  words
        • accurate content information         • attempted imagery and/or             • originality, creativity, or
        including specific details             literary devices                       innovation
        • a synthesis of ideas and/or a        • balance of rhetorical strategies     • emotion (conviction, humor,
        connection between the topic and       • command of grammatical and           suspense, liveliness, etc.)
        other global issues                    mechanical conventions                 • (depending on the prompt)
        • (when appropriate) a clear           • obvious revision, proofreading,      personal reflection, advocacy for
        connection to mathematics              polish                                 action, and/or a demonstrated
        and/or chemistry, including data       • accurate citations of evidence       understanding of different
        • a thorough and thoughtful            using MLA format                       cultural values and varied world
        answer to each prompt                                                         views

        Most journal entries investigate       Journal entries make sense to the      Some journal entries convey
        global or cultural issues, and may     reader and may attempt many of         strong voice or personality, but
        address many of the descriptors        the descriptors above. B-level         the collection of writing, as a
 “B”    above. B-level descriptors:            journals may also include:             whole, may be inconsistent. B-
  85    • critical thinking may not be         • jumps in logic (lack of transition   level descriptors:
        evident in several journal entries     or organization in some entries)       • in most entries, the reader can
        • thesis/message may need more         • weaker introductions or abrupt       detect voice, tone, personality
        clarity or support                     conclusions                            • writer’s voice may be more
        • examples may be vague                • basic control of syntax and          tentative
        • responses rely mostly on             diction (may lack variety)             • some entries may sound
        personal examples and make few         • more reliance on “telling” than      mechanical or formulaic
        connections to content                 “showing” – few literary devices       • writer’s tone may be unclear or
        • some entries may not address         • some distracting errors in           inappropriate for some prompts
        all components of the prompt, or       grammar, usage, and mechanics          • may not connect analytical or
        may answer the prompt without          • cited textual evidence, but with     descriptive, or expository writing
        synthesis or connections               some MLA formatting errors             to reflection, advocacy, or
        • content connections may have         • inconsistent writing style (some     multiple perspectives
        slight inaccuracies/flaws in logic     strong/some weak entries)

        These journals struggle with           Journal entries may be difficult to    Voice and originality may be
        depth and complexity of ideas:         read due to:                           difficult to detect in these journal
        • thesis or message may be             • an accumulation of errors in         entries. C-level descriptors:
 “C”    missing or lack support                grammar, usage, or grammar that        • many entries sound mechanical
  75    • key questions in prompts may         impedes understanding                  or formulaic
        not be addressed                       • missing introductions or             • responses mimic class lectures
        • responses may be simplistic or       conclusions                            or textbooks and may not capture
        not long enough for the reader to      • limited control of syntax and/or     the writer behind the ideas
        understand the writer’s ideas          reliance on basic vocabulary           • entries may focus on
        • responses may contain multiple       • inaccurate MLA citations             generalizations and cliché, rather
        content-related errors                                                        than innovation
1       Note: If you make an honest attempt to complete all journal entries, you will not fail. Simple as that. The
        only journals that receive failing grades are those that are missing entries or those that have
“F”     copied/plagiarized others’ ideas. Each missing entry = a 10 point deduction. Plagiarism on any section of the
        journal will result in a zero for the entire journal grade.

SCORE                                                Typical Comments
          ___ Above and beyond – excellent risk-taking with an amazing result.
          ___ Wow! Mind-blowing! I want to BE you.
          ___ Please share your ________________________________ journal with others.
          ___   Your journal represents a collection of interesting ideas, strong voice, and skilled writing. 

          ___   Many of your entries are insightful, thought-provoking, or attention-grabbing.
          ___   You are a great storyteller – nice incorporation of devices (details, imagery, metaphor, etc.)
          ___   Your journal entries go beyond the textbook or class lectures to convey new knowledge or ideas.
 “A”      ___   Excellent self-analysis of creative or artistic entries.
          (A-) ___ Your journal is strong in two categories (depth of ideas, writing style, or voice), but one
                       category needs to be further developed.
                 ___ Proofreading errors indicate a lack of polish; spend more time on the writing process.

 3        (B+) ___ Your journal is very strong in one category (depth of ideas, writing style, or voice), but two
                       categories need to be further developed.
 “B”      -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  85      ___ Dig deeper – you are on the right track, but some of your entries are “surface level” responses.
          ___ Provide more evidence to back up your ideas (prove your assertions).
          ___ Go beyond the textbook, class lectures, and basic internet searches to convey your insights.
          ___ Focus on diction and tone to develop your voice as a writer (some entries may sound robotic).
          ___ Spend more time crafting introductions so that you grab the reader’s attention.
          ___ Examples are vague or general – give the reader specifics.
          ___ Journal entries end abruptly – bring closure to your reader/leave them thinking at the end.
          ___ Remove “I think,” “I believe,” or “I feel” statements – this weakens your stance.
          ___ Avoid unnecessary wordiness – there is beauty in simplicity, at times.
          ___ Avoid 2nd person (you) – it sounds preachy.
          ___ Avoid 1st person (I, me) in academic or analytical writing.
          ___ Focus attention on syntax (avoid run-ons and fragments; properly punctuate sentences.)
          ___ Eliminate unnecessary repetition (consider first word revision strategies).
          ___ Most examples are from your personal experience; include evidence from other sources, too.
          ___ Most examples are from other sources; include personal reflection, too.
          ___ Some entries include a “laundry list” of facts – connect content information with analysis.
          ___ Author’s notes (for poems) and/or artist’s notes (for artistic entries) need to be expanded.
          ___ Sources are cited, but MLA format may be inaccurate.
          ___ Book titles should be underlined or italicized; short stories and articles should be in quotation marks.
          ___ Multiple writing errors detract from the great ideas you are trying to share.

          ___ Dig deeper – you are on the right track with some entries, but many of your entries are incomplete.

          ___ Multiple comments from above may apply – journals show very little revision or proofreading.
          ___ Expand your entries – you may not have provided enough writing for the reader to find meaning.
          ___ Spend more time on revision – many of your entries lack organization (jump from topic to topic with
 “C”          no transition between ideas.
  75      ___ Spend more time on mechanics/grammar/usage – multiple errors make your work difficult to read.
              (Consider a writing conference before you turn in your next set of journals.)

 1        This journal is incomplete. Plan to attend tutorials during the next grading period so you can work on drafts
          early and benefit from writing conferences.
15 = 100   10 = 88
14 = 98    9 = 85
13 = 96    8 = 80
12 = 95    7 = 78
11 = 90    6 = 75

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