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PP103: Second Paper Assignment - Grading Rubric Problem Definition and Context: How clearly and thoroughly you

describe the problem your policy recommendation will address, and why your boss should employ this particular solution. Unsatisfactory: 1-6 Satisfactory: 7-14 Excellent: 15-20 The paper fails to make a coherent link The paper connects the The paper makes a number of wellbetween the issues/recommendations issues/recommendations reasoned, convincing arguments linking the discussed in the paper and the inequality discussed in the paper to the issues/recommendations discussed in the gap between the rich and the poor. inequality gap, but arguments paper and the priorities of her/his boss (i.e. lack persuasiveness or depth. the gap between the rich and poor). Points: /20 Clarity of Policy Recommendation: How well you explain the proposed policy (and how it would work), its policy and political advantages/benefits, and its potential to reduce inequality. Unsatisfactory: 1-10 Satisfactory: 11-20 Excellent: 21-30 The policy is incoherent. Policy The description of policy Policy recommendations are articulated advantages are poorly described or specifics, advantages, and coherently, with impacts and advantages articulated, and a discussion of the impacts is complete, although it supported by convincing, well-documented policys impact on the inequality gap is lacks depth, clarity, or impact. evidence, and described persuasively lacking. Points: /30 Addressing Counter Arguments: How well you address the potential disadvantages of the plan and why the benefits outweigh these downsides. Unsatisfactory: 1-6 Satisfactory: 7-14 Excellent: 15-20 The paper lacks balance. The student The paper includes some The paper clearly articulates policy demonstrates a poor understanding of discussion of disadvantages (at disadvantages and/or alternatives, and the disadvantages of their plan, either least one), but fails to weigh these systematically weighs these against failing to present them at all, or against advantages, or does so advantages, using strong persuasive presenting them in an incoherent indirectly or incoherently. arguments. manner. There is little to no comparison of these disadvantages with the advantages. Points: /20 Application of Course Concepts & Material: How well you integrate concepts/readings from the class in your arguments (supplemented by outside sources if you so choose). Unsatisfactory: 1-4 Satisfactory: 5-8 Excellent: 9-10 The paper incorporates no relevant The paper includes related class The paper demonstrates a strong command concepts or material from class, or concepts and material in the of class concepts and material, as they incorporates some material and paper, demonstrating a sound, but relate to the paper subject matter, and concepts, but in a disjointed fashion. not convincing or persuasive conveys this understanding clearly and understanding. seamlessly. Points: /10 Form: How concise, well-organized, free of typos/spelling errors, grammatically correct, and accurately referenced your paper is. *Macro = structure of the whole essay (order and pacing of paragraphs) *Micro = structure of each paragraph and sentence (topic sentences, transitions, arguments followed Unsatisfactory: 1-6 Satisfactory: 7-14 Excellent: 15-20 The paper is poorly structured (at the The structure (macro and micro) The structure of the paper (both macro and macro and micro levels) and badly of the paper is acceptable, but not micro) is excellent. It is well-crafted, written. There are many grammatical ideal. It is coherent, but not targeted, concise, and is presented errors and/or referencing is particularly intuitive. The paper intuitively. The paper is free of unsatisfactory. has some grammatical errors grammatical errors and well-referenced. and/or is poorly referenced. Points: /20