Rubric for papers

90 – 100 percent

This paper has exceeded many of the requirements of the assignment, and met all of them. The great majority of paragraphs are free of errors, and what few errors there are (less than five, in most cases) do not affect the meaning of the words or sentences. The meaning of every sentence is clear, and the order of the sentences in each paragraph (as well as the order of the paragraphs in the paper) is logical from beginning to end.  There is a clear introduction, body, and conclusion, and they work together seamlessly. The thesis is inherent in every sentence, and the voice is consistent. There is a clear purpose, and it appeals to its intended audience.

80 – 90 percent

This paper has met all of the requirements of the assignment and exceeded some of them. Most of the paragraphs are free of errors, and what few errors there are (less than ten in most cases) do not affect the meaning of the words or sentences. The meaning of most of the sentences is clear, for the most part, and the order of the sentences in each paragraph (as well as the order of the paragraphs in the paper) is logical from beginning to end. There is a clear introduction, body, and conclusion. The thesis is evident and the voice is nearly consistent. There is purpose, as well as a clear attempt to appeal to its intended audience.

70 – 80 percent

This paper has met the requirements of the assignment. Most of the paragraphs are free of errors. (There are fewer than fifteen errors, in most cases.) The meaning of most of the sentences is clear, and the order of the sentences in each paragraph (as well as the order of paragraphs in the paper) is mostly logical from beginning to end. There is an introduction, body, and conclusion. The thesis is evident, and there is voice. An attempt has been made toward a clear purpose, as well as an attempt to appeal to a particular audience.

60 – 70 percent

This paper has met some of the requirements of the assignment. Most of the sentences are free of errors. The meaning of most of the sentences is clear, and the order of the sentences in each paragraph (as well as the order of the paragraphs in the paper) is mostly logical from beginning to end. There is an introduction, body, and conclusion. There is an attempt at a thesis and an attempt at a clear purpose, as well as an attempt to appeal to a particular audience.

Below 60 percent

This paper lacks many of the requirements of the assignment. There are more than 15 errors, and they create confusion or disrupt comprehension. There is little logic from sentence to sentence and paragraph to paragraph. It may be missing an introduction, body, and conclusion, as well as a thesis, voice, purpose, or any clear intended audience. It does not appeal to an audience because it cannot be read and understood.

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