Define the Problem
|Well developed introductory paragraph contains detailed
background information, a clear explanation or definition of
the problem, and a thesis statement.
||Introductory paragraph contains some background
information and states the problem, but does not explain using
details. States the thesis of the paper.
||Introduction states the thesis but does not adequately
explain the background of the problem. The problem is
stated, but lacks detail.
||Thesis and/or problem is vague or
details are a seemingly random collection of information,
unclear, or not related to the topic.
summarizes the main topics without repeating previous
sentences; writer's opinions and suggestions for change are
logical and well thought out.
||Conclusion summarizes main topics. Some
suggestions for change are evident.
||Conclusion summarizes main topics, but is repetitive.
No suggestions for change and/or opinions are
||Conclusion does not adequately summarize the main
points. No suggestions for change or opinions are
|Three or more main points are well developed with supporting details. Refutation paragraph acknowledges the opposing view, and summarizes their main points.
||Three or more main points are present but may lack detail and development in one or two. Refutation paragraph acknowledges the opposing view, but doesn't summarize points.
||Three or more main points, but all lack development. Refutation paragraph missing and/or vague.
||Less than three main points, with poor development of ideas. Refutation missing or vague.
|USE OF SOURCES
All source material is used and smoothly integrated into the text. All sources are accurately documented and in the desired format on the Works Cited page.
All sources are relevant and reliable.
All source material is used. All sources are accurately documented, but a few are not in the desired format on the Works Cited page.
Most sources are relevant and reliable.
All sources are accurately documented, but many are not in the desired format on the Works Cited page. Some sources are relevant and reliable.
Lacks sources and/or sources are not accurately documented. Incorrect format is used.
Sources are not relevant nor reliable.
|The writer treats the subject seriously using formal language. All sentences are complete, accurate, and clear; the writer controls the point of view appropriately.
||The writer uses some informal language and slang. Most sentences are complete, accurate and clear; there is an occasional use of "you" in the essay, indicating a lack of revision or control.
||Some unclear or confused sentences; the writer shifts person throughout the essay or uses "you" and "I" frequently.
||Many unclear or incomplete sentences.
capitalization are correct.
structure is generally correct. Some awkward sentences do
appear. There are one or two errors in punctuation and/or
||Work contains structural weaknesses and grammatical
errors. There are three or four errors in punctuation and/or
||Work contains multiple incorrect sentence structures.
There are four or more errors in punctuation and/or