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English II - CultEx: Grading Rubric

Grading Rubric

Cultural Exploration Paper Grading Rubric                                   

 

 Exemplary

Accomplished

Basic

Undeveloped

Thesis

Thesis clearly encapsulates a specific and provable idea about the text that is original or not obvious.

Thesis clearly encapsulates a specific and provable idea about the text.

Thesis encapsulates a specific or provable idea.

Thesis is vague or encapsulates an idea that is not provable.

Organization

Paper is logically-organized to persuasively argue or explain your main idea. 

Paper is logically organized to argue or explain your main idea. 

Paper organization is less than clear and logical.

Paper lacks organization.

 

Introduction draws reader in, provides important context and leads gracefully into thesis.

Introduction draws reader in, provides context and leads into clear thesis.

Introduction lacks needed context and/or flow.

Introduction fails to draw reader in, is missing context or a clear thesis.

 

Conclusion articulately summarizes and adds meaningful insight without being repetitive.

Conclusion summarizes and adds insight without being repetitive.

Conclusion summarizes.

Conclusion brings paper to an abrupt end or is repetitive.

Content & Support

Each point is supported with well-chosen and fully synthesized evidence.

Each point is supported with evidence that is mostly well-synthesized.

Most but not all points are supported with well-chosen evidence from your text, criticism, and/or illuminating text.

Some points are weakly supported with evidence from your text, criticism, and/or illuminating text or paper relies too heavily on one critical source.

 

Analysis of evidence is thoughtful and well-elaborated.

Analysis of evidence is thoughtful and somewhat elaborated.

Analysis of evidence is somewhat superficial.

Analysis is lacking development.

 

Quotes are smoothly blended and properly cited.

Quotes are blended and properly cited.

Some quotes are not blended smoothly or cited properly.

Quotes are neither blended smoothly nor cited properly.

Language & Mechanics

Language is clear, concise, and precise; tone is consistently and appropriately scholarly.

Language is clear, concise, or precise; tone is mostly consistent and scholarly.

Language is mostly clear, concise, or precise; tone is inconsistent. 

Language is vague, wordy, and/or imprecise; tone is overly casual or otherwise lacking.