Political Science

Criteria Far Exceeds Standards Exceeds Standards Meets Standards Does Not Meet

Standards Unsatisfactory

20 18 14 10 0

Ideas, Arguments,

& Analysis

Ideas expressed in

discussion posts include

original thought,

substantial depth, and

are relevant to topic.

Viewpoint shows strong

logical thinking,

reasoning, and analysis

with evidence and

examples. Provided an

external resource

supporting student’s

discussion (as required

in the post instructions)

Ideas expressed in

discussion posts

are applicable and

relevant to topic;

some original

thought.

Demonstrates

reasonable

thinking, and/or

analysis with an

example.

Viewpoint is

supported with

evidence and/or

examples (as

required in the

post instructions)

Information

presents thoughtful

opinions that

connect to the ideas

analyzed. Presents

concepts with

minimal connections

to course content.

Ideas expressed in

discussion posts show a

minimal understanding of

the discussion topic.

Comments are general in

nature and/or

occasionally may not be

relevant. Repeats or

summarizes ideas with

limited analysis, original

thought, and/or

supported viewpoints.

No entry by

student or

submission turned

in late.

Connection to

Course Materials

Strong, direct

connections are made

to readings and/or other

course materials.

Content of lesson is

clearly articulated

through the use of

direct citing or

paraphrasing of the

module subject area

Some direct

connections are

made to readings

and/or other course

materials

(references, media,

resources, etc.) and

are clearly stated for

the most part.

Connected ideas to

course content;

however, a lack of

deep understanding

is evident.

Minimal direct

connections are made to

readings and/or other

course materials

(references, media,

resources, etc.).

Connections are largely

inferred and somewhat

unclear at times.

No entry by

student or

submission turned

in

late.(references,

media, resources,

etc.), and/or if

made, are not

clearly stated and

are largely

personal opinions.

Writing Quality Journal entry is well

written and clearly

articulated using

standard English,

characterized by

elements of a strong

writing style with

correct grammar,

punctuation, usage, and

spelling.

Journal entry shows

above average

writing style that is

clear using standard

English with minor

errors in grammar,

punctuation, usage,

and/or spelling.

Journal entry

displays average

writing quality with

more than one error

in grammar,

punctuation, and

spelling.

Journal entry shows an

average and/or casual

writing style using

standard English that is

generally clear but

contains some errors in

grammar, punctuation,

usage, and spelling.

No entry by

student or

submission turned

in late.

Plagerism and

Direct Quotes

No plagiarism or

excessive use of direct

quotes.

No plagiarism.

Journal Entry

consists of less than

10% use of direct

quotes.

No plagiarism.

Journal Entry

consistes of less

than 15% use of

direct quotes.

ANY plagiarism or more

than 25% of essay

consists of direct quotes

(word count).

No entry by

student or

submission turned

in late.

Assignment

Requirements

Met all assignment

requirements. (Word

count between 300-500)

Met all assignment

requirements. Word

count

Essay does not meet

more than one

requirement

identified in the

assignment

instructions.

Journal entry does not

meet the assignment

length requirement AND

was submitted after the

due date.

No entry by

student or

submission turned

in late.

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