Rubric for Final Paper



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

Purpose

Introduces and presents paper effectively and clearly; central argument is readily apparent to the reader Introduces and presents paper adequately; central argument is clear throughout the paper Introduces and presents paper somewhat effectively; writing has a clear argument but may sometimes digress from it Introduces and presents paper poorly; argument is generally unclear  

Development and content

Develops paper with effective supportive examples; provides a balanced presentation of relevant information and shows a thoughtful, in-depth analysis; reader gains insights Develops paper with adequate supportive examples; information displays evidence of a basic analysis; reader gains some insights Does not fully develop paper and lacks proper supportive examples; analysis is basic or general; reader gains few insights Paper is undeveloped or has very few supportive examples; analysis is vague or not evident; reader is confused or may be misinformed  

Selection and integration of references

Exceeds stated requirements in terms of theories, contexts, and leaders referenced or meets requirements but treats them with exceptional skill Meets stated requirements in terms of theories, contexts, and leaders referenced and uses them adequately Meets stated requirements in terms of theories, contexts, and leaders referenced but does not properly develop or apply them Does not meet stated requirements for items referenced or treats them very poorly  

Organization

Arranges ideas clearly and logically to support the purpose of the paper; ideas flow smoothly and are effectively linked; reader can follow the line of reasoning Arranges ideas adequately to support the purpose of the paper; links between ideas are generally clear; reader can follow the line of reasoning for the most part Arranges ideas adequately, in general, although ideas sometimes fail to make sense together; reader remains fairly clear about what writer intends Arranges ideas illogically; ideas frequently fail to make sense together; reader cannot identify a line of reasoning and becomes frustrated or loses interest  

Documentation and support

Paper is supported effectively with sources that are clearly attributed Paper is generally supported; attribution is mainly clear Although attribution is present, some statements are unsubstantiated and the source of some ideas is unclear Attribution is missing, or sources given are poorly chosen  

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: 23–24 = A (93–100); 22 = A– (90–92); 21 = B+ (88–89); 17–20 = B (83–87); 16 = B– (80–82); 15 = C+ (78–79); 11–14 = C (73–77); 10 = C– (70–72); 5–9 = D (60–69); 0–4 = F (below 60).