Feature Article Rubric

Excellent

Good

Needs Improvement

Content/Informatio n

All information is relevant and factual. Specifics and details are given. Topic and Thesis are clear and essay supports these throughout. Utilizes 4 properly cited direct references that clearly support information. 10 9 8 Well organized, easy to follow, introduction informs reader of key points in the paper. Paper follows introduction, has a sense of wholeness and completeness. 10 9 8 Article has the visual interest of a true feature article. Written in columns, has an interesting title, includes extras (pictures, graphs, text boxes) that add to the information in the main article. 10 9 8 Generally follows the rules of spelling, capitalization, punctuation, complete sentences, and use of paragraphs. Includes properly formatted works cited page and direct references. 10 9 8

Some information is relevant and factual. Some specifics and details are given. Topic and Thesis are stated, but not supported with information throughout. Not enough use of direct references to support your topic. (1-2 per argument). 7 6 5 4 Good organization, a little hard to follow in places, all components at least present.

Very little information that is relevant and factual. Lacks specifics and details about the topic. Topic and Thesis are vague or not stated at all. Lack of support for topic. Uses no direct references.

Organization

3 2 1 0 Content is clear, but disorganization makes it hard to understand. Paper doesn’t follow a clear outline.

Visual style

7 6 5 4 Article begins to look like a feature article. May have some extras that add to the information in the main text. May not be written in columns.

3 2 1 0 Article does not look like a feature article. Format is similar to a normal research paper. No columns, or extra touches.

Conventions (spelling, punctuation, grammar)

7 6 5 4 Infrequently follows the rules of spelling, capitalization, punctuation, complete sentences, and use of paragraphs. Parts of the works cited page and some direct references are formatted correctly. 7 6 5 4

3 2 1 0 Numerous violations of the rules of spelling, capitalization, punctuation, complete sentences, and use of paragraphs. No works cited page or direct references or none are formatted correctly. 3 2 1 0

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