Could you furnish me with a rubric for grading research papers? My students just completed a research paper on Macbeth.

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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An alternate vIew:  If you are interested primarily in teaching essay style and grammar, fine -- quantify everything; it's easy to justify the grade by enumerating imperfections.  But if your primary goal is creative thinking in your discipline and the researching skills that accompany that thinking, then start with grading the thinking that went into the assigment; then give a second grade for mechanics.  Ask yourself what you mean by "teacher."  

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Below is a fairly straightforward rubric for a research paper. The emphasis is placed on proper MLA style (you can substitute APA), use of sources and citations, and essay construction.

I wouldn’t recommend using only these points to assign a grade. I always reserve some points for my overall impression of the paper—independent of the items on the rubric.

1. MLA Style                 

3 pts--Correct MLA style observed in heading, citations, works cited page.

2 pts--Some MLA style observed in heading, citations, works cited page.

1-0 pts--Very little or no MLA style observed in heading, citations, works cited page.

II. Sources

3 pts--At least three sources appropriately used in paper.

2 pts--At least two sources appropriately used in paper.

1-0 pts--Less than two sources appropriately used in paper.

III. Citations

3 pts--At least five citations appropriately used in paper.

2 pts--At least three citations appropriately used in paper.

1-0 pts--Less than three citations appropriately used in paper.

IV. Conventions

3 pts--Two or three spelling, punctuation, usage errors.

2 pts--Three to five spelling, punctuation, usage errors.

1-0 pts--More than five spelling, punctuation, usage errors.

V. Thesis

3 pts--Thesis is clear and appropriate for topic.

2 pts--Thesis somewhat clear and appropriate.

1-0 pts--Thesis unclear and/or inappropriate.

VI. Introduction

3 pts--Intro effectively prepares reader for the topic.

2 pts--Intro somewhat prepares reader for the topic.

1-0 pts--Intro does not prepare reader for the topic.

VII. Support

3 pts--Body of essay supports thesis very well.

2 pts--Body of essay provides some support for thesis.

1-0 pts--Body of essay does not support thesis.

VIII. Conclusion

3 pts--Provides a sense of completeness and finality, not just repetition.

2 pts--Provides some completeness and finality; not just repetition.

1-0 pts--Does not complete or finalize the paper; or, is just repetition.


The link below will take you to a more detailed type of rubric. There are many out there on web.

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