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363 Review Article Rubric, By Leslie Bruce

Absent or
Below Basic

Developin
g

SLO #1:
Write
formally
and
informally,
in-class
and outof-class,
for a
variety of
audiences
and
purposes.

Audience's
needs are
often not
recognized:
terms and
ideas either
need
explanation or
are over
explained and
language
needs
adjustment for
the journal's
audience.
Purpose (to
familiarize
readers with
research
regarding a
contemporary
subject of
interest) isn't
clear or
achieved.

SLO #2:
Find,
evaluate,
select,
synthesize
, organize,
ethically
cite, and
present
informatio
n from a
variety of
sources
appropriat
e to their
disciplines
.

Fails to use
MLA- or APAstyle
parenthetical
citations,
quotation
marks, and
works cited list
as specified by
journal.
Frequently
uses irrelevant
or
unpersuasive
sources.

Shows some
attention to
audience's
needs,
sometimes
defining
necessary
terms and
ideas and
using
audienceappropriate
language.
Purpose (to
familiarize
readers with
research
regarding a
contempora
ry subject of
interest)
may be
unclear at
times, and it
may not be
achieved
convincingly
.
A few errors
in MLA- or
APA-style
parenthetica
l citations,
quotation
marks, and
works cited
list.
Sometimes
uses
irrelevant or
unpersuasiv
e sources.

Criteria

Proficient

Advanced

Usually
shows
attention to
audience's
needs,
defining
necessary
terms and
ideas and
using
audienceappropriate
language.
Purpose (to
familiarize
readers with
research
regarding a
contemporar
y subject of
interest)
may be
implied, but
it's clear and
achieved.

Shows
sophisticated
attention to
audience's
needs,
defining
necessary
terms and
ideas and
using
audienceappropriate
language.
Purpose (to
familiarize
readers with
research
regarding a
contemporar
y subject of
interest) is
clear and
achieved
with style.

Almost
always uses
MLA- or APAstyle
parenthetica
l citations,
quotation
marks, and
works cited
list as
specified by
journal. Use
of sources is
usually
relevant and
persuasive.

Correctly
uses MLA- or
APA-style
parenthetical
citations,
quotation
marks, and
works cited
list as
specified by
journal. Use
of sources is
always
relevant and
persuasive.

SLO #3:
Compare,
contrast,
and
synthesize
carefully
and
objectivel
y the
relative
merits of
alternative
or
opposing
arguments
,
assumptio
ns, and
cultural
values.

Fails to
demonstrate
similarities
and
differences
between
research of
different
scholars. May
be biased in
presentation of
research.
Descriptions of
research may
be unclear.

Sometimes
demonstrat
es
similarities
and
differences
between
research of
different
scholars.
Attempts to
synthesize
this
research
carefully
and
objectively.
Some
descriptions
may be
unclear.

SLO #4:
Organize
ones
thoughts
and
communic
ate them
clearly to
address a
rhetorical
situation.
Employs
IMRAD
structure
where
appropriat
e.

Organizational
devices
(statement of
purpose,
headings,
topic
sentences,
transitions)
may be
absent,
unrelated to
the prompt, or
illogically
connected. Ps
are usually not
unified or
organized.

SLO #5:
Recognize
, evaluate,
and
employ
the
features
and
contexts
of
language
and
design

Tone and/or
design usually
suggest/s an
absence of
awareness of
audience
and/or generic
conventions.
Spelling,
syntax,
diction, or
punctuation
errors impede

Organization
al devices
(statement
of purpose,
headings,
topic
sentences,
transitions)
fit the
prompt, but
may be
vague, too
broad, or
inconsistenl
y or
illogically
linked. Ps
may not be
unified.
Tone and/or
design are/is
sometimes
inappropriat
e or
unconventio
nal.
Spelling,
syntax,
diction, or
punctuation
errors
impede

Usually
demonstrate
s similarities
and
differences
between
research of
different
scholars with
clarity.
Synthesizes
this research
carefully and
objectively.
Describes
the
research,
usually
noting
objectively
merits of
various
procedures.
Clear,
specific
organization
al devices
(statement
of purpose,
headings,
topic
sentences,
transitions)
fit the
prompt and
tie ideas
together
adequately.

Demonstrate
s similarities
and
differences
between
research of
different
scholars with
clarity and
sophisticatio
n.
Synthesizes
this research
carefully and
objectively.
Describes
the research,
noting
objectively
merits of
various
procedures.

Appropriate
tone and
design
conform to
assigned
audience
and genre.
Spelling,
syntax,
diction, or
punctuation
errors are
few and do

Sophisticated
tone and
design
engage
reader and
conform to
assigned
audience and
genre.
Outstanding
control of
language,
including

Clear,
specific
organizationa
l devices
(statement of
purpose,
headings,
topic
sentences,
transitions)
fit the
prompt and
tie ideas
together
logically and
seamlessly.

Things Done
well

Things needing
improvement

that
express
and
influence
meaning
and that
demonstra
te
sensitivity
to gender
and
cultural
difference
s.
Great Job
Describing
Terms
Used

readability.

readability
or otherwise
distract
from
meaning.

Good Choice of
Pictures/Forma
ting
Your choice of
language is
informal
instead of
formal

Document
needs more
information,
mainly
pictures

not distract
from
meaning.

effective
diction and
sentence
variety.