ARGUMENTATIVE RESEARCH PAPER RUBRIC

Claim (Thesis Statement/Your Argument)
– Clear

– Adequate

– Weaker

– Confusing, unclear

Overall Response and Content
– Strong introduction, body, and conclusion, strongly supported, complete, well-developed, organized, on topic

– Adequate introduction, body, and conclusion, adequately supported, complete, less developed, less organized, on topic

– Weaker introduction, body, and conclusion, but complete, with unsupported, undeveloped paragraphs, may drift off topic

– Poor development, incomplete, short, missing an intro, body paragraph, or conclusion, off topic

Conventions, Grammar, Syntax, Language, and Vocabulary
– Formal, sophisticated unflawed, precis with syntactic variety and appropriate word choice throughout

– Minor errors that DO NOT disrupt meaning, more simplistic with mostly appropriate word choice

– Major errors that SOMETIMES disrupt meaning with uneven and simplistic word choice

– Major flaws that result in confusion and LOSS OF MEANING with limited command of language

Organization with Appropriate Graphics
– Effective, logical, graphics enhance understanding and acknowledged connection to evidence

– Evident, adequate, appropriate graphics somewhat acknowledge connection to evidence

– Inconsistent, uneven, inappropriate or questionable graphics with acknowledgment

– None apparent, unclear, random, graphics missing

Evidence/Support (Logical appeals, summaries, paraphrases, and direct quotes from sources)

– Thorough, specific, relevant, includes convincing logical appeals, cited correctly

– Adequate, less specific, includes logical appeals with a few citation errors

– Imprecise, relies heavily on summary or emotional appeals, repetitive with major citation errors

– Minimal, vague, irrelevant, fails to support the claim, confusing, lacks specificity with few to no citations

Analysis (Do you thoroughly explain how the evidence you provide supports your claim?)
– Strong, effective, explains clearly

– Present, adequate but less clear or specific

– Weak, unclear, does not apply to evidence provided

– Minimal, nonexistent

Counterargument (Did I include a counterargument and structure the evidence within it in an effective way?)
– Clear, strong, effective r Adequate, present, but less clear

– Confusing, incomplete r Not included

MLA Formatting and Works Cited Page
– Follows ALL MLA specifications for format, spacing, and font, works cited page is mostly error free and correlates with intext citations, alphabetized

– Follows MOST MLA specifications for format, spacing, and font, works cited page contains errors but is mostly accurate and mostly correlates with intext citations,alphabetized

– Follows SOME MLA specifications, works cited page contains serious, problematic errors that borders on unintentional plagiarism and fails to correctly cite all information, not alphabetized

– Follows FEW to NO MLA specifications for format, spacing, and font, works cited page is incomplete or missing with few to no intext citations

Use of Sources
– Uses at least 5 sources and cites each of them appropriately

– Uses at least 5 sources but does not always cite each of them appropriate

– Uses fewer than 5 sources and/or makes serious citation errors

– Uses minimal sources or fails to use any sources