Rubric for Midterm Paper



Criterion

4

A-level qualities
(90–100)

3

B-level qualities
(80–89)

2

C-level qualities
(70–79)

1

F-level qualities
(below 70)



Score

Purpose and Presentation Introduces and presents paper both effectively and clearly; writer clearly understands the purposes of a professional book review Introduces and presents paper well; paper is in the proper review format Introduces and presents paper somewhat effectively; writing is in the general format of a review but lacks the proper tone or focus Introduces and presents paper poorly; purpose as a review is generally unclear  
Development and content Develops paper as assigned, providing a clear practitioner focus; summarizes content of the book reviewed extremely effectively adn in an interesting manner Develops paper as assigned with practitioner focus for the most part; gives an effective summary of the book reviewed May stray from the practitioner focus; may fail to accurately or clearly summarize content of book Paper is undeveloped and completely ignores or misunderstands the practitioner focus or the need to summarize the text; paper does not relate to the assignment; analysis of the book is vague or there is no evidence that the writer has read it  
Provides a masterful qualitative analysis of the book, making appropriate and powerful connections with the readings in the course Provides a coherent qualitative analysis of the book, making some connections with the readings in the course Makes a poor attempt to provide a qualitative analysis or makes only vague connections with the readings in the course Makes little or no connection with the readings in the course and does not discuss the book in a qualitative manner  
Organization Arranges ideas clearly and logically to support the purpose or argument; ideas flow smoothly and are effectively linked; reader can follow the line of reasoning Arranges ideas adequately to support the purpose or argument; 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  
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  
Conventions and Format Follows typical professional book review conventions and format accurately and consistently Uses book review format with minor violations Reflects incomplete knowledge of professional book review format Does not use book review format  

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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).