Tatter’s Analytic Rubric for Grading Papers

 

 

Below Expectation

Satisfactory Work

Very Good Work

Score

Logic, Critical Thinking and Complexity of Ideas

(30%)

Gaps in logic; inaccurate or incomplete information; unexamined bias; simplistic perspective.

(0-18)

Sound logic; awareness of the complexity of the issues; a good sense of “the big picture.”

 

(19-24)

Sophisticated handling of complex ideas and clearly demonstrated critical thinking.

 

(25-30)

 

Thesis and

Organization

(20%)

 

Unclear thesis or introduction; unclear essay and paragraph organization; lack of coherence.

 

(0-12)

Clear thesis; unified and coherent paragraphs; clear beginning, middle, and end to the essay.

(13-16)

Strong thesis; strong topic sentences; clear and appropriate transitions; smooth flow from beginning to end.

(17-20)

 

Paragraph Development and Significant Detail

(20%)

Paragraphs insufficiently developed or poor choice of detail.

 

(0-12)

Paragraphs developed with some detail; occasional vagueness.

(13-16)

Paragraphs developed with significant, well-chosen facts and examples.

(17-20)

 

Use of Sources and Documentation Form

(15%)

Source material not integrated; documentation absent, unclear, incomplete, or incorrect.

(0-9)

Source material integrated; only minor errors in documentation.

 

 

(10-12)

Fully integrated quotations, paraphrases, and summaries: few to no errors in documentation.

(13-15)

 

Punctuation, Grammar, and Manuscript Form

(15%)

Numerous serious errors.

 

(0-9)

Some errors, mostly minor.

 

(10-12)

Few to no errors.

 

 

(13-15)

 

Total Score and

Paper Grade

 

 

 

 

 

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