Final Research Paper Grading Rubric

ESL 52: Advanced Reading and Writing                                  Name:

 

 

Final Research Paper Rubric 

 

20

 

15

 

10

 

5

 

0

 

Content

 

Content reflects independent thinking, thoroughly supported by research. Must reflect thorough understanding of the subject. Must integrate evidence from multiple sources in skillful and appropriate ways.

 

Content adequately supported by research. May lack independence of thought or depth of understanding of the topic. Integration from multiple sources is largely successful, but may be awkward or inappropriate in one or more cases.

 

Basic understanding of the research topic. May have misunderstanding or inappropriate use of minor points of information related to the topic. May omit some key information on the topic. Parts of of the paper may be obvious or redundant. Integration of evidence from multiple sources is attempted, but may lack coherence, or evidence may be inappropriate to the point it is meant to support.

 

Failure to understand key information on the topic, or repeated inappropriate use of sources. Omission of essential research for some points. Integration of evidence from multiple sources is attempted, but may often lack coherence, or evidence is often inappropriate to the point that it is meant to support.

 

Serious lack of research support. Untrue statements or false information. Integration of information from multiple sources is not attempted.

 

Organization

 

 

Clear thesis. Well-developed paragraphs connected to the thesis, with clear topic sentences and appropriate support. Appropriate and well-developed introduction and conclusion. Skilled and appropriate transitions.

 

Clear thesis. Well-developed paragraphs connected to the thesis, with clear topic sentences and appropriate support. May have: Weak introduction and/or conclusion. Awkward transitions, or errors in use of transitional techniques.

 

Must have: Identifiable thesis statement, with paragraphs that support the thesis. May have: Paragraphs without clear topic sentences, adequate support. One or more paragraphs unconnected to the thesis. Sentences unconnected to topic of their paragraph. Very weak introduction and/or conclusion.

 

Unclear thesis, or many parts of the paper unconnected to the thesis. Introduction and/or conclusion may be absent. May have little or no attempt at appropriate transitions. The paper is difficult to understand because of organizational patterns.

 

No clear thesis or apparent organization. Paper is difficult or impossible to understand because of organizational problems.

 

Research

 

 

At least four research sources, all reliable and appropriate to the topic. Must include a source from a library database and a source from the free Internet, with website evaluation. Sources must be the best available on the topic. In-text citations provided as needed.

 

At least four research sources, all reliable and appropriate to the topic. In-text citations provided as needed. May have sources that are limited in scope (i.e. all of the same type, or similar in content or sources that are easy to read, rather than the best available).

 

At least two but fewer than four appropriate and reliable research sources. Other sources may be unsuitable or unreliable.

 

May use little or no reliable or appropriate research. In-text citations may be largely or entirely lacking, or incorrectly done.

 

No evidence that research was attempted.

 

Grammar

 

 

Must have no grammar errors that interfere with meaning or with structures that are taught at lower grammar levels.

 

May have several errors using structures that have been studied in ESL grammar classes. Grammar errors interfere with intelligibility once or twice.

 

Must be basically intelligible in spite of frequent grammar errors. May have many errors using structures that have been studied in ESL grammar classes.

 

May be difficult to understand because of frequent and serious grammar errors. May contain frequent errors using structures taught in low-level ESL classes.

 

Unintelligible because of frequent and serious grammar errors.

 

MLA Format

 

 

Must have only occasional and minor errors in citation form and MLA format.

 

Must have few errors in MLA format. May have occasional errors in citation form that do not prevent the reader from identifying the sources.

 

Must show a serious attempt at MLA format and citation. May have some errors in punctuation, mechanics, citation form in MLA format, including a few errors that prevent the reader from identifying sources.

 

Frequent failure to use citation forms that enable to reader to identify sources.

 

No attempt at MLA format.

 

Total Score:          100