PSYC 430:Advice Column: Grading Rubric (9/8/09)

 

                        Mastery Level

 

Exemplary

Intermediate

Limited

Unsatisfactory

Introduction

5

Direction/goal of essay is clearly defined and focused

4

Thesis provides some direction for essay but could be communicated more effectively

2

Thesis is unclear or incomplete

1

Introduction is ineffective, inappropriate or missing

Use of Research

15

Refers to 4 studies to support points; Accurate, clear and appropriate level of detail about studies; refers clearly to studies

12

Minor inaccuracies or unclear points in writing about studies; or too much detail about the research

10

Substantial inaccuracies or unclear areas in writing about studies; missing critical information

7

Does not effectively use research support; Missing or too little information to be useful

Synthesis and Conclusions

15

Sophisticated, insightful evaluation and integration of findings of 4 studies; addresses limitations, alternative interpretations, and/or other between-study differences to draw final conclusions

12

Some attempt to evaluate and integrate studies, but some inaccuracies or shallow comparison- does not reconcile variations or show how findings fit together; conclusions are reasonable but do not offer much insight

10

Summarizes previously stated information with little attempt to evaluate and integrate studies; or substantial unclear or inaccurate points

7

Missing comparisons/

synthesis of studies; missing conclusions

Application/

Recommendations

5

Extends and connects ideas; insightful comments

4

Some application of research, but does not offer much insight, or contains minor inaccuracies or minor inappropriate applications

2

Inappropriate, incorrect or unclear application

1

Missing application

 

Overall Organization of Paper

5

Organization contributes to effective arguments; reinforces content; transitions are effective and varied

4

Organization demonstrates a plan, but transitions are uneven or could be organized more effectively

3

Some difficulty following arguments; missing or ineffective transitions

 

2

Ineffective organization, Interferes with coherence of arguments

Writing Mechanics

5

Grammatical errors and errors in sentence structure (fragments, run-ons) are minimal. Appropriate and effective word choices.

4

A few grammatical or sentence structure; or repetitious sentence structures; or some inappropriate or ineffective word choices.

3

Uneven

2

Frequent grammatical or sentence structure errors; frequent inappropriate or ineffective word choices

Total Points Earned

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall Points Earned:  ____________ (out of 50)