CRITERIA FOR GRADING
THE RESEARCH PAPER
You did not provide a thesis.
You assumed a thesis but did not state it. Or you stated a
the thesis was vague or too broad.
You provided an adequate thesis.
You provided an outstanding thesis that cogently sets up your
You had neither topic sentences nor logical development.
Weak topic sentences. Weak development.
a. You had topic sentences, but they were not logical.
b. You had logical development, but you did not provide
You had both topic sentences and logical development. These
provide a competent
but uninspired framework for your description.
You had excellent topic sentences and logical development.
a. You had topic sentences, but they did not support your
b. You had topic sentences, but they were too broad.
C. DETAIL (EVIDENCE FROM PRIMARY SOURCES)
Unsatisfactory use of primary sources.
Weak use of primary sources.
a. You provide no supporting details and quotations from the
work you were
b. You provide details and quotations in an apparently
You provide generally provide details and quotations in the
and provide a general picture of what you are analyzing.
Your use of details and quotations clearly, effectively, and
a. You provide some details and quotations, but they are too
b. You provide some details and quotations, but too many do
where you place them.
D. USING RESEARCH MATERIALS (SECONDARY SOURCES)
Unsatisfactory use of secondary sources.
You used research materials in a manner that demonstrated a
lack of mastery
of them. Examples of this are quotations that do not support
you are tying to make and strings of quotations that run on
You use materials in a competent but uninspired way to support
You smoothly integrate the research materials you use into
a. You did not use research materials in your paper.
b. You abused research materials (plagarized).
E. WRITING THE ESSAY
Your essay lacks coherence and cohesion. Transitions are
paragraphs read like a list, with no connection between the
The paragraphs have a general focus, but some sentences are
Coherence, cohesion, and transitions need work.
Paragraphs are generally well developed with fewer than three
of focus, unity, or coherence. Transitions may be a bit
Paragraphs are focused, unified, and coherent. Transitions are
You exceeded the maximum allowable number of serious
(10), automatically dropping your grade to an "F."
You had 7-9 grammatical errors.
You had 4-6 errors.
You had 1-3 errors.