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Research Paper Rubric

Research Paper Rubric

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Published by: Juanita Hayes on Nov 18, 2009
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The writer's central purpose or argument is readily apparent tothe reader.The writing has a clear purpose or argument, but may sometimesdigress from it.The central purpose or argumentis not consistently clear throughout the paper.The purpose or argument isgenerally unclear.
Balanced presentation of relevant and legitimateinformation that clearlysupports a central purpose or argument and shows athoughtful, in-depth analysis of a significant topic. Reader gains important insights.Information provides reasonablesupport for a central purpose or argument and displays evidence of a basic analysis of a significanttopic. Reader gains some insights.Information supports a central purpose or argument at times.Analysis is basic or general.Reader gains few insights.Central purpose or argument isnot clearly identified.Analysis is vague or notevident. Reader is confused or may be misinformed.
The ideas are arranged logicallyto support the purpose or argument. They flow smoothlyfrom one to another and areclearly linked to each other.The reader can follow the lineof reasoning.The ideas are arranged logically tosupport the central purpose or argument. They are usuallyclearly linked to each other. For the most part, the reader canfollow the line of reasoning.In general, the writing isarranged logically, althoughoccasionally ideas fail to makesense together. The reader isfairly clear about what writer intends.The writing is not logicallyorganized. Frequently, ideasfail to make sense together.The reader cannot identify aline of reasoning and losesinterest.
The writing is compelling. Ithooks the reader and sustainsinterest throughout.The writing is generally engaging, but has some dry spots. In general,it is focused and keeps the reader'sattention.The writing is dull andunengaging. Though the paper has some interesting parts, thereader finds it difficult tomaintain interest.The writing has little personality. The reader quickly loses interest and stopsreading.
Rubric for Research Paper
The tone is consistently professional and appropriate for an academic research paper.The tone is generally professional.For the most part, it is appropriatefor an academic research paper.The tone is not consistent-ly professional or appropriate for an academic research paper.The tone is unprofessional. Itis not appropriate for anacademic research paper.
Sentences are well-phrased andvaried in length and structure.They flow smoothly from oneto another.Sentences are well-phrased andthere is some variety in length andstructure. The flow from sentenceto sentence is generally smooth.Some sentences are awkwardlyconstructed so that the reader isoccasionally distracted.Errors in sentence structureare frequent enough to be amajor distraction to the reader.
Word Choice
Word choice is consistently precise and accurate.Word choice is generally good.The writer often goes beyond thegeneric word to find one more precise and effective.Word choice is merely adequate,and the range of words islimited. Some words are usedinappropriately.Many words are usedinappropriately, confusing thereader.
Grammar,Spelling,WritingMechanics(punctua-tion,italics, capitali-zation,etc.
The writing is free or almostfree of errors.There are occasional errors, butthey don't represent a major distraction or obscure meaning.The writing has many errors, andthe reader is distracted by them.There are so many errors thatmeaning is obscured. Thereader is confused and stopsreading.
Paper is the number of pagesspecified in the assignment.Paper has more or fewer pagesthan specified in theassignment.

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