Flirting with Disaster
Example graded rubric for “Flirting with Disaster…” on pg. 326 in Writing Arguments Comments for Improvement: -Follow the Classical Organization Structure for more clear flow of ideas-Entire passages had no apparent research/in-text citations-Use quotation sandwich to integrate quotes-Be clear who is audience, what they need to do—avoid introducing it at the end, explore solution more Criterion Superior Avg Inferior 1 Title & Intro. Paragraph Title and introductory paragraphs identify topic and engage; gives background on issue (14) 1310 Title and introductory paragraphs are vague or misleading 2 Audience Awareness/ Pathos Tone, style, content and structure are consistently tailored to audience (14) 11 what about the female audience?10 Tone, style, content and structure are not consistently tailored to audience
3 Conclusion provides effective closure; no new information introduced (14) 1210 Conclusion doesn’t provide closure 4 Thesis Clarity :Thesis is clearly stated & supported (at least 3 supporting reasons) (14)10 Thesis is unclearly stated or implied 5 Ethos Personal experiences are proportionate; Counterargument fairly addressed (14)10 Personal experiences are not consistently relevant or proportionate; weak authorial credibility 6 Critical Thinking/ Logos Evidence, claims, and conclusions are effectively analyzed & evaluated (14) 1110 Evidence, claims, and conclusions are ineffectively analyzed and evaluated 7 Structure Overall organization is purposeful; Appropriate structure employed (14)10 Overall organization is unclear, unfocused AND disjointed; redundancy is a problem 8 Sources Sources are credible, relevant, and timely; there are at least 6 (14) 10 Sources are not credible, not sufficient 9 Source Integration Sources are integrated effectively with quotes as well as summary (16)(quotation sandwich)12 Sources are missing, dropped in, AND ineffectively integrated 10 In-text Citation Parenthetical citation is present and MLA-style formatting is accurate (14)10 Parenthetical citation is missing or serious problems evident with MLA-style formatting 11 Works Cited Page Works Cited page is present and MLA-style formatting is accurate (14)10 Works Cited page is missing or serious problems evident with MLA-style formatting 12 Grammar/ Format Grammar, punctuation, and spelling follow standard usage; Correct MLA formatting (14) 12 heading 10 Grammar, punctuation, and spelling don’t consistently follow standard usage 13 Paragraph Development Paragraphs are consistently unified, coherent, and well-developed (14)10 Paragraphs are not consistently unified, coherent, or well-developed 14 Transitions Effective transitions are provided where appropriate (16) 1312 Transitions are missing or consistently weak TOTAL: 178/200 A-
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