Evaluation Rubric for Term Paper

A – Outstanding (180-200 points)

· Section I & II – Effective historical description to make your case vivid and interesting.

· Section III – Strong analysis, based on historical documentation, of the impacts of the case. You have a clear opinion about how and why this subject is significant at the time and today (if relevant). Full explanations of your examples show why they are important for the reader to consider.

· Research – Factual information is correct and corroborated by material from your sources. Detailed examples illustrate your points. Source materials are appropriate for a college paper and do not include non-academic sources.

· Writing – Well written essay with full sentences and paragraphs. No punctuation, spelling, or grammatical issues present. Writing is tightly organized and has clearly been revised through several drafts. Essay written in past tense.

· Presentation – Includes all the required components and formatting guidelines such as title page, works cited page, each section starts on a new page, correct font, proper margins, etc. No errors in citations or works cited page.

B – Above Average/Very Good (160-180 points)

· Section I & II – Good historical description of the case but could leave some unanswered questions or gaps in background.

· Section III – Good analysis, based on historical documentation, of the impacts of the case. Some areas of subject unexplored, but covers most important issues.

· Research – Factual information is correct and corroborated by material from your sources. Detailed examples illustrate your points. Majority of source materials are appropriate for a college paper and do not include non-academic sources.

· Writing – Good essay with full sentences and paragraphs. Minimal punctuation, spelling, or grammatical issues present, but do not distract from content of paper. Writing is good, but essay would benefit from a revised draft. Some minor problems moving in and out of past tense.

· Presentation – Includes most required components, but could be missing one component or does not follow all formatting guidelines. Minimal errors in citations or work cited page.

C – Average/Satisfactory (140-160 points)

· Section I & II – Historical description is general and covers basic elements of case.

· Section III – Needs more analysis of significance or impacts of the case. Touches on most obvious impacts, but misses the secondary issues.

· Research – Could include inaccurate or unsupported information. General or vague examples and evidence. Relies on minimal source materials or materials which are inappropriate for a college paper or includes non-academic sources.

· Writing – Average essay with full sentences and paragraphs. Some punctuation, spelling, or grammatical errors that distract from content. Writing or organization issues to the degree that it appears to have not been proofread or gone through multiple drafts. Inconsistent in use of past tense.

· Formatting – Missing some components or does not follow all formatting guidelines. Multiple errors in citations or works cited page, or missing citations.

D – Below Average/Unsatisfactory (120-140 points)

· Section I & II – Poorly researched background description. Does not meet minimum length requirement.

· Section III – Poor analysis of the impacts of the case which misses some important impacts. Does not meet minimum length requirement.

· Research – Could include inaccurate information or rely on conjecture or personal experiences. General or vague examples and evidence. Poorly researched and includes source materials not appropriate for a college paper or non-academic sources.

· Writing – Problematic essay with sentence and paragraph issues. Multiple punctuation, spelling, or grammatical errors that distract from content. Writing and organization issues to the degree that it appears to have not been proofread or undergone more than one draft. Very inconsistent in use of past tense.

· Presentation – Missing components and does not follow formatting guidelines. Multiple errors in citations or works cited page, and missing citations.

F – Far Below Average/Failing (0-100 points)

· Section I & II – Poorly researched background description. Does not meet minimum length requirement.

· Section III – Poor analysis of the impacts of the case which misses some important impacts. Does not meet minimum length requirement.

· Research – Includes inaccurate information or relies on conjecture or personal experiences. Poor and vague examples and evidence. Poorly researched and includes source materials not appropriate for a college paper and non-academic sources.

· Writing – Poorly written essay with significant sentence and paragraph issues. Difficult to understand multiple points due to repeated spelling, grammatical, or punctuation errors. Writing and organization issues to the degree that it appears to have been quickly completed and not undergone any drafts revisions. Frequently in wrong tense.

· Presentation – Missing most components and does not follow formatting guidelines. Multiple errors in citations or works cited page, and missing citations.

Incomplete (0 points)

Did not submit, plagiarized/academic integrity violation, or submitted an unapproved topic.