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Professor Stefanick's Grading Rubric

Lorna Stefanick designed this grading rubric and she uses it for grading her students in GOVN 380, GOVN/GLST 403, GOVN/GLST 400, GOVN/GLST 440.  If you are a student in another section of these courses, contact your tutor (professor) for the criteria that will be used to grade your papers.

Excellent
Grade Response Argument Evidence Organization Quality of Expression
A+
(85% | 4.0)

1 (4.0)
Provides fresh or penetrating analysis and/or interpretation

Applies theories/ concepts to case

Insightful response to all parts of question
Has a strong and convincing thesis

Makes compelling argument – I wish it was mine

Presents other points of view, then refutes them effectively
Gives excellent support for ideas and argument

Uses many sound academic sources (books, journal articles, other peer reviewed materials)
A pleasure to read – clear focus

Parts of the paper relate clearly to one another

Excellent transition between ideas

No tangling of related and unrelated information
Precise word choice

Well-written sentences

Virtually no spelling or grammatical mistakes

Virtually no typos

Citations and bibliography are done properly
A- (80% | 3.7)

B+ (76% | 3.3)
Very good response to all parts of question

Very good analysis
Has a thesis

Presents other points of view, then refutes them
Gives very good support for ideas and argument

Uses sound academic sources (books, journal articles, other peer reviewed materials)
Reads easily, well- organized

No tangling of related and unrelated information

Very good transition between ideas
Well- written sentences, few grammatical problems

Few spelling or grammatical mistakes

Few typos

Citations and bibliography are done properly for the most part
Good
Grade Response Argument Evidence Organization Quality of Expression
B (73% | 3.0)

B- (70% | 2.7)

C+ (65% | 2.3)
Good response to all parts of the question

Good analysis
“Thesis” describes what paper will do, no argument

Presents, but doesn’t refute other points of view
Good support for assertions made in the paper

Refers to a number of sources to support arguments
Reads easily

Some rambling

Relationship between parts of the paper is unclear at a few points

Transition is sometimes weak between ideas
Some imprecise words/ repetition

Some wordiness/ sentence structure problems

Minor grammatical problems

Spelling errors/ typos Some citation errors
Satisfactory
Grade Response Argument Evidence Organization Quality of Expression
C (63% | 2.0)

C- (60% | 1.7)
Responds to all parts of the question

Adequate analysis
Paper has point to make, but it is not found in the introduction

Doesn’t consider other viewpoints
Adequate support for the ideas presented

Quotes don't actually support assertions made

Limited number of sources; quality is questionable
Quite a bit of incoherence

Parts not related well

Weak transition between ideas

Lots of unrelated information

Some information gaps
Many imprecise words/ wordiness

Enough typos, grammar and spelling problems that the thread of argument is sometimes lost

Quotes need work

Bibliographic citations need work
Poor
Grade Response Argument Evidence Organization Quality of Expression
D+ (55% | 1.3)
Responds to most parts of the question

Weak analysis
No thesis

Not aware of other points of view
Support is not from scholarly sources Incoherent

Relation between parts unclear

Jumps from one idea to next, no transition
Imprecise language throughout; point being made is hard to understand

Major writing problems

Citations poorly done Sloppy
Minimum Pass
Grade Response Argument Evidence Organization Quality of Expression
D (50% | 1.0) Responds to some parts of the question

Very weak analysis
As above, but point is weak Very little support of ideas with facts, or by references to sources As above As above
Fail
Grade Response Argument Evidence Organization Quality of Expression
F (0% | 0) Doesn’t respond to question

No analysis
No thesis, no argument, no point to the paper No support, no citations, no sources

Plagerized
As above As above

Updated March 12 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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