Primary Trait Scoring Rubric for Technical Writing Trait Exceptional Acceptable Amateur Unsatisfactory Content Writing is purposeful with Maintains clear logical Subject/position is vague with no Insufficient writing to logic maintained subject/position. unifying statement. show that criteria are met. throughout. Drifts or has lapses in logic. Paper consists of repetitions and redundancies. Support All major points fully All key points developed Some key points are developed by Insufficient or repetitious developed and supported and supported by specific specific detail; some may be general writing that fails to evenly by specific detail detail; some key points may and some may lack depth. develop key points. throughout the paper (e.g. be less developed than Supporting evidence is minimal Lacks supporting explanation, evidence, others (not even or and/or not easily interpreted. evidence examples, figures, tables balanced). and/or supporting and/or graphs). Supporting evidence evidence is unrelated to Supporting evidence is illustrates the key points but key points. understandable and well- lacks depth. organized. Organization Structure is clear, Structure is clear and Structure is evident. Structure is missing or appropriate and effective. appropriate to purpose. May have inappropriate or intrusive attempted but not obvious All paragraphs are Most major points are transitions that disrupt the to the reader. appropriate and purposeful. appropriately paragraphed. progression of ideas. Limited evidence of Coherence (paragraph to Coherence (paragraph to Some major points appropriately appropriate paragraphing. paragraph) and cohesion paragraph) and cohesion paragraphed. Little structure within (sentence to sentence) are (sentence to sentence) are Has coherence (paragraph to paragraphs. effectively demonstrated demonstrated with paragraph) but lacks cohesion May have one or more throughout paper. appropriate transitions. (sentence to sentence) or vice versa. major digressions. All points are logically Most points logically May have one or more minor presented and interrelated. presented and organized. digressions. Focus Clearly sets purpose of Clearly sets purpose of Subject/position identified by only a Subject/position (or issue) (applies to paper through introduction paper through introduction brief, general introductory statement. is unclear. theses, term or overview. or overview. Conclusion is absent or only a papers and Effective conclusion that Clear conclusion. verbatim reiteration of the essays) relates to introduction and introduction. unifies the writing. Primary Trait Scoring Rubric for Writing Mechanics Trait Exceptional Acceptable Amateur Unsatisfactory Sentences Usage of sophisticated Simple and some complex Sentence structure is usually correct. Sentences do not make and sentence patterns. sentences are used. Simple sentences are used. sense. paragraphs Paragraphs indicate shift in Some paragraphing to show Little attempt made to paragraph No paragraphing. thought and are used to sequence of events/ideas. writing. make sequence of events clear. Word choice Words are used correctly Acceptable vocabulary. Simple vocabulary. Incorrect vocabulary. and precisely. Words are technologically appropriate. Spelling Spelling is correct, Spelling is generally Frequent spelling errors. Spelling errors interfere including complex and accurate. with understanding. irregular words. Punctuation A range of punctuation Periods and capitals are Frequent punctuation errors. Insufficient or lacks including commas, used correctly and punctuation. apostrophes, colons and punctuation is beginning to Incorrect use of capital semicolons is used be used within the sentence. letters. accurately and effectively.
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