Law

PADM 501

Essay Rubric

Criteria

Levels of Achievement

Content

(70%)

Advanced

92-100%

Proficient

84-91%

Developing

1-83%

Not Present

Total

Research Purpose

32.5 to 35.0 Points:

The essay question is clearly identified and retains focus throughout the paper. Introduction provides sufficient background on the topic and previews major points. All necessary aspects of the assignment described in the instructions are clearly identifiable. Organization emphasizes the central theme or purpose.

Grading feedback and lessons from applicable modules/weeks are fully addressed/incorporated.

29.5 to 32.0 Points:

The essay question may require some clarification and/or greater prominence throughout the paper. Introduction may not provide adequate background on the topic and preview major points. Most necessary aspects of the assignment described in the instructions are clearly identifiable and sufficiently addressed. Organization may not sufficiently emphasize the central theme or purpose.

Grading feedback and lessons from applicable modules/weeks are generally addressed/ incorporated.

1.0 To 29.00 Points:

The research question requires significant clarification and prominence throughout the paper. Introduction may be missing or ambiguous. Some necessary aspects of the assignment described in the instructions are clearly identifiable, but others may require clarification or development. Organization may require significant improvement.

Grading feedback and lessons from applicable modules/weeks are insufficiently addressed/incorporated.

0 points

Not present

Reasoned Analysis

32.5 to 35.0 Points:

Major points are stated clearly and are supported by valid evidence and logical reasoning. Objective, reasoned analysis is employed. Opposing viewpoints are sufficiently acknowledged and critically evaluated. The conclusion logically derives from the paper’s ideas. An authoritative, persuasive, and statesmanlike voice is used (first/second person perspective avoided).

Grading feedback and lessons from applicable modules/weeks are fully addressed/incorporated.

29.5 to 32.0 Points:

Most major points are stated clearly and supported by valid evidence and logical reasoning, but some points may require clarification or greater support. Opposing viewpoints are acknowledged but may require greater evaluation. The conclusion does not fully derive from the paper’s ideas. Some improvements to objective tone/perspective may be required.

Grading feedback and lessons from applicable modules/weeks are generally addressed/ incorporated.

1.0 to 29.0 Points:

Major points require significant clarification and scholarly support. Opposing viewpoints are not adequately acknowledged and/or addressed. Conclusion does not derive logically from the paper’s main ideas. Significant improvements to objective tone/perspective are required.

Grading feedback and lessons from applicable modules/weeks are insufficiently addressed/incorporated.

0 points

Not present

Scholarly Support

16.0 to 17.5 Points:

At least 5 scholarly sources reflecting diverse viewpoints and germane research are employed. Source material is properly attributed.

At least 2 tables and/or figures are integrated into the paper discussion to help convey key points.

Grading feedback and lessons from applicable modules/weeks are fully addressed/incorporated

14.5 to 15.5 Points:

Some improvements and or additions to quality/quantity of sources are needed. Clarification of source material may be needed.

Table/figure requirements may not be met.

Grading feedback and lessons from applicable modules/weeks are generally addressed/ incorporated.

1.0 to 14.0 Points:

Significant improvement of scholarly support (sources, table/figure requirements) is needed. Source material may not be properly attributed.

Grading feedback and lessons from applicable modules/weeks are insufficiently addressed/incorporated.

Structure (30%)

Advanced

92-100%

Proficient

84-91%

Developing

1-83%

Not Present

Total

Composition and Readability

25.5 to 27.5 Points:

Rules of grammar, usage, and punctuation are followed and spelling is correct. Sentences are complete, clear and concise. Rhetorical skill is shown. Sentences are well constructed, with consistently strong and varied structure. Sentence transitions are present and direct the flow of thought. Paragraph transitions are present and logical, directing flow of thought throughout the paper.

Grading feedback and lessons from applicable modules/weeks are fully addressed/incorporated.

23.0 to 25.0 Points:

Paper contains minimal errors in grammar, usage, punctuation and spelling. Sentences are generally complete, clear and concise. Rhetorical skill is shown, although a few points may require clarification. Some variation in sentence structure or transitions may be required to improve flow of discussion. Some paragraph transitions may require improvement.

Grading feedback and lessons from applicable modules/weeks are generally addressed/ incorporated.

1.0 to 22.5 Points:

Paper contains numerous errors in grammar, usage, punctuation and spelling. Multiple sentences may be incomplete or ambiguously worded. Sentence transitions may be weak, insufficiently directing the flow of thought.

Grading feedback and lessons from applicable modules/weeks are insufficiently addressed/incorporated.

0 points

Not present

Formatting

4.5 to 5.0 Points:

Paper is laid out effectively and uses reader-friendly aids (e.g., section subheadings, table of contents, indices, appendices, etc.) as appropriate. Text, citations and Reference page(s) follow current APA Author-Date style/format requirements. Paper is written in 12 point Times New Roman font, is double-spaced, and has 1” margins.

Grading feedback and lessons from applicable modules/weeks are fully addressed/incorporated.

3.5 to 4.0 Points:

Paper is generally laid out effectively and uses some reader-friendly aids as appropriate. Text, citations and Reference page(s) contains minimal inconsistencies with current APA Author-Date style/format requirements. Paper may contain some inconsistencies with required font, spacing and margin requirements.

Grading feedback and lessons from applicable modules/weeks are generally addressed/ incorporated.

1 to 3 Points:

Paper may be laid out ineffectively or may not use sufficient reader-friendly aids as appropriate. Text, citations and/or Reference page(s) do not follow current APA Author-Date style/format requirements. Paper may not follow required font, spacing and margin requirements.

Grading feedback and lessons from applicable modules/weeks are insufficiently addressed/incorporated.

0 points

Not present

Page Length

4.5 to 5.0 Points:

Required page length of 2-3 pages, excluding tables and figures, is met.

3.5 to 4.0 Points:

Required page length may not be met.

1.0 to 3 Points:

Page length may be significantly short of requirement.

0 points

Not present

Professor Comments:

Total:

/125

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