DEBATE GRADE SHEET CRITERIA POOR AVERAGE GOOD EXCELLENT

Student: Question: 1 2 3 Position: Pro Con

DEBATE GRADE SHEET CRITERIA POOR AVERAGE GOOD EXCELLENT

I. Content • Clearly stated/complete question and position (pro or con) • Main idea explored from different angles, complexity of issues • Validity and significance of ideas established • Logical, coherent structure is evident, Carefully thought out • Responds to main issues raised in question and readings • Clearly defines key concepts (e.g., urine toxicology test, syringe

exchange program, legalization)

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II. Support/References • Specific support is offered liberally and convincingly • Support from reading is incorporated in arguments • Course text • Outsides sources (optional) • Overall quality/credibility of references

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III. Writing/Language • Organization and Structure:

o Introduction functions appropriately o Main body paragraphs support thesis o Effective topic sentences o Each paragraph has a clear purpose o Paragraphs are organized, unified, adequately developed o Satisfactory conclusion/closure

• Language and Style: o Transitions used to establish coherence o Clear, direct style o Precision and clarity o Variety of sentence patterns used correctly o Words appropriate to tone and meaning o Avoidance of slang, trite, informal language o Smooth integration of quotes (avoids dropped in quotes) o Avoids excessive direct quotation

• Format/Mechanics: o Citation and reference in APA format o Manuscript rules (1-inch margins, double-spaced, 12 pt) o Minimal typographic errors o Punctuation, grammar, and syntax

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IV. Team Debate Performance o Quality of arguments o Credible sources, objective data

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V. Group Participation o All group members participated o Group worked effectively together

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TOTALS 5 10 15 20

Debate Paper: (I, II, III) / 12 Debate (IV & V): ______ / 8 TOTAL: ______ / 20 TOTAL X 2: ______ / 40 Peer Eval. Score: ______ / 10 FINAL SCORE: ______ / 50