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HIST 1301/1302 Essay Grading Rubric

 

  A Essay B Essay C Essay D Essay F Essay
Introduction and Conclusion

 

– Clear introduction provides a general “birds eye view” of the subject

– Distinct and strong thesis statement (argument) that will drive the essay

– Conclusion paragraph that briefly summarizes argument and findings

– Introduction paragraph that is somewhat relevant to the question being asked

– Introduction has an argument, but it is not strong or clear

– Conclusion paragraph vaguely summarizes argument and findings

– Essay has an introduction but there is no discernible argument

– No conclusion paragraph

 

– Essay does not have an introduction or argument

– No conclusion paragraph

– Essay does not have an introduction or argument

– No conclusion paragraph

Argument · Argument is located in the introduction paragraph of the essay

· Argument effectively answers the larger question asked in the essay prompt

· Argument is clearly worded

-Argument is located in the introduction paragraph of the essay

-Argument somewhat addresses the main question being asked

– Argument is not located in the introduction paragraph

– Argument is located somewhere in the body of the essay or in the conclusion

– Essay has no argument – Essay has no argument
Body Paragraphs/Structure

and Organization

– 4 body paragraphs (at least 10-15 sentences per paragraph)

– ALL key terms are addressed and fully defined with clear details and no vagueness

– Paragraphs draw connections to the argument made in the introduction and reinforce that argument

– Smooth transitions between paragraphs/topics

– 4 body paragraphs

– Most key terms are addressed, and most key terms are fully defined with clear details and little vagueness

– Paragraphs draw some connections to the argument made in the introduction, but not always effectively

– Rough transitions between paragraphs/topics

– Essay has fewer than 4 body paragraphs

– Paragraphs are too short

– Multiple key terms are missing and/or vaguely defined

– Key terms and topics are confused, with not much sense of direction in the essay

– Paragraphs do not draw connections to the argument made in the introduction

– No transitions between paragraphs/topics

– Essay has fewer than 4 body paragraphs

– Briefly skims through some information

– Most key terms are missing and/or vaguely defined

– Paragraphs do not draw connections to the argument made in the introduction

– No transitions between paragraphs/topics

 

– Essay has fewer than 4 body paragraphs or no real paragraph structure at all

– Paragraphs lack direction or purpose

– Most key terms are missing and/or vaguely defined

– Paragraphs do not draw connections to the argument made in the introduction

– No transitions between paragraphs/topics

Mechanics

 

· Essay contains few to no spelling/grammatical mistakes · Essay contains some but not many spelling grammatical mistakes · Essay contains enough spelling/grammatical mistakes that it was distracting to the reader · Essay contains a significant number of spelling/grammatical mistakes · Essay contains a significant number of spelling/grammatical mistakes
Content · Essay provides a sufficient amount of specific details from the readings and/or lectures

· Specific terms are defined fully (who, what, when, where, significance)

· Each paragraph contains analysis that ties the content of that paragraph back to the main argument of the essay

 

· Essay provides specific details but lacks context

· Analysis can be taken a step further

· Essay uses specific terms but does not define them fully

· Essay does not always tie information back to the argument

· Essay provides some specifics and details from the text and/or lectures but this information is almost a laundry list and lacks a lot of analysis and elaboration · Essay contains quite a bit of incorrect information

· The information that is there is vague and over generalized

· Essay contains a lot of incorrect information
Primary Sources · Substantively uses at least ONE of the assigned primary sources from the American Perspectives e-reader

· Primary source is highly relevant to the essay prompt

· Primary source directly reinforces thesis statement

· Substantively uses at least ONE of the assigned primary sources from the American Perspectives e-reader

· Primary source is relevant to the essay prompt

· Primary source somewhat reinforces thesis statement

· Either does not include a primary source at all or uses a primary source that is not very relevant to the essay prompt

· Primary source does not reinforce thesis statement

· Attempt may be made at including a primary source, but does not follow instructions properly · No primary source used
Citations · Essay fully cited using footnote citations and the required footnote formats · Essay mostly cited using footnote citations and most of the required footnote formats · Essay not fully cited and may or may not use footnote citations and the required footnote formats · Essay not fully cited and does not use footnote citations and the required footnote formats · Citations are incomplete, incorrect, or absent entirely

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