Category Below expectations: FAIL Meets expectations: PASS Exceeds expectations : HIGH PASS
0 - 6.5 pts 6.6 -8.5 pts 8.6 - 10 pts
1. Comprehensiveness Student: Student: Student:
(1)does not address all parts of the (1) addresses all parts of the (1)Addresses all parts of the question
question; question in depth
(2)does not identify any of the key (2) identifies and develops most (2)makes connections to other relevant
issues involved by the question; key issues and areas mentioned issues in the conclusion.
in the question;

2. Content and depth Student: Student: Student:

(1) deals only with a single (1)Analyzes the issues under (1) identifies and develops all key issues
perspective and fails to discuss consideration by identifying the and areas mentioned in the question;
other possible perspectives, components of the issues and (2)Analyzes the issue under
especially those salient to the issue; addressing their relationships to consideration along with any embedded,
(2) identifies key issues but does each other; or implicit aspects of the issue;
not develop them; (2)acknowledges different (3)identifies the components of the issue
perspectives on the issue and addresses their relationships to each
. other;
(3)acknowledges different perspectives
on the issue;
(4) provides a detailed analysis of the
issue by showing mastery of the
background and current state of the
issue discussed and framing the issue
within a larger context;

3. Definition/use of (1)Student does not define (1)Student defines most terms (1)Student defines terms and concepts
terms and concepts keywords or key concepts and concepts accurately when accurately when first using them;
contained in the question; first using them. (2)Student indicates who has created or
(2) Student’s definitions are (2) Student demonstrates named the concepts or terms, when, and
incomplete or inaccurate. command of standard linguistic the rationale for creating this concept;
(3) No specific knowledge in terminology. (3) Student demonstrates solid
linguistics is used to answer the command of common standard
question. linguistic terminology.

4. Use of sources Student does any of the following: Student makes at least two Student makes more than two
substantial references to substantial references to relevant
(1) does not make any reference to literature regarding each concept literature regarding each concept to be
the literature or only vague and to be discussed. The references: discussed. These references present a
unqualified references; comprehensive and detailed account of
(2) the sources used are not (1)are relevant to the question the issue and
relevant to the question asked; asked;
(3) misrepresents the sources used (2)individuals linked to these (1)are relevant to the question asked;
(inaccurate statement of main ideas references are clearly identified; (2)represent different perspectives on
contained in the source); (3)approximate date of the the issue that provide a balanced view;
(4) does not attribute ideas to the contributions provided (at least (3)individuals linked to these references
appropriate sources; the decade); are clearly identified;
(5) gives an anecdotal, vague, and (4) ideas contained in the (4)approximate date of the contributions
unsupported account of the issue references are accurately provided (at least the decade);
discussed. represented. (5)ideas contained in the references are
accurately represented.
5. Use of examples Student: Student: Student:
REQUIRED) (1) selects inappropriate examples (1) selects appropriate examples (1)selects appropriate examples to
to illustrate the issue discussed; to illustrate the issue discussed; illustrate the issue discussed;
(2) does not make explicit the (2) explicitly links examples and (2)explicitly links examples and issues;
relevance of the examples to the discussed issues. (3)examples are numerous, well
issues discussed; integrated into the discussion , and
(3) does not give any examples contribute to the development of the

when the question asks for it. issue.

6. Use of personal Student does any of the following: Student’s account of own Student’s account of own experience:
opinion or teaching, experience:
learning, or cultural (1) states his opinion or describes (1) is specific and well related to theory
experience (NOT experience in vague terms; (1) is specific, well related to and the answer as it was developed;
ALWAYS (2) does not relate opinion(s) or theory and well-developed; (2)comes at the end of the essay to
REQUIRED) experience to the issue discussed; (2) comes at the end of the essay complement the rest of the answer after
(3) gives opinion without crediting to complement the rest of the crediting scholars’ ideas;
scholars’ ideas first; answer after crediting scholars’ (3)Student supports own opinion by
(4) cites personal experience as ideas. developing reasons, weighing evidence,
proof or evidence. and carefully considering and evaluating
what others are saying.