Rubric for Application Papers



Criterion

4

A-level qualities
(90–100)

3

B-level qualities
(80–89)

2

C-level qualities
(70–79)

1 or 0

D- or F-level qualities
(60–69 or below 60)



Score

Completeness

Addresses all elements of the assignment Addresses most elements of the assignment Addresses some elements of the assignment Incomplete in most respects; does not address elements of the assignment  

Understanding and application

Demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of the material and draws effective connections between historical periods and today Demonstrates an accomplished understanding of the material and draws credible connections between historical periods and today Demonstrates an acceptable understanding of the material and makes an attempt to draw connections between historical periods and today, though the connections are not particularly well drawn Demonstrates an inadequate understanding of the material, draws ineffective connections between historical periods and today, or fails to draw connections at all  

Selection and integration of references

Consults outside or text resources extremely effectively and documents them clearly Consults outside or text resources adequately and documents them clearly for the most part Consults some outside or text resources but not all are relevant or well-integrated; documentation of sources is spotty Fails to consult outside or text resources, cites irrelevant resources, or fails to document  

Writing mechanics

Writing demonstrates a sophisticated clarity, conciseness, and correctness Writing is accomplished in terms of clarity and conciseness and contains only a few errors Writing lacks clarity or conciseness and contains numerous errors Writing is unfocused, rambling, or contains serious errors  

Total

 

Note: Criteria are evaluated on a 4-3-2-1-0 basis. Total rubric points are converted first to a letter grade and then to a numerical equivalent based on a 0–100 scale: 16 = A (93–100); 15 = A– (90–92); 14 = B+ (88–89); 12– 13 = B (83–87); 11 = B– (80–82); 10 = C+ (78–79); 8–9 = C (73–77); 7 = C– (70–72); 3–6 = D (60–69); 0–2 = F (below 60).