A. Thesis and Argument



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GRADING RUBRIC FOR CORE POL 1013/1133- UTSA


Essays will be graded using the following rubric:

A. Thesis and Argument

1 Poor: Student has completely failed to develop a thesis for their paper. Argument lacks substantial material to support a thesis and fails to use any evidence to support claims made within the essay.

2 Below Average: Student has a very weak thesis. Student has not provided a sufficient amount of evidence to support their argument.

3 Average: Student has a thesis statement. Student has not provided evidence to support their thesis but provides little to no elaboration.

4 Good: Student has a good thesis statement. Student has provided evidence to support their thesis but may include some contradictory statements.

5 Exemplary: Student has included a very clearly stated thesis statement. They have fully answered all of the questions required by the prompt. Student has included a thorough analysis of the prompt and has provided detailed evidence to support their claims.



B. Fully Developed Answers (Fully answers all questions listed in the prompt)

1 Poor: Essay fails to answer the questions outlined by the prompt, and does not provide any evidence to support their argument

2 Below Average: Student’s argument addresses some of the questions outlined by the prompt.

3 Average: Student’s argument addresses most of the questions outlined by the prompt. Responses may be lacking in detailed elaboration.

4 Good: Student’s argument addresses most or all of the questions outlined by the prompt. The student’s essay includes a thorough explanation of their argument and evidence used to support it.

5 Exemplary: Student’s argument addresses all of the questions outlined by the prompt. The student has included an elaborate explanation for all components of the writing prompt and has fully explained all of the evidence they have included in support of their argument.



C. Citations, References, and Organization

1 Poor: Student did not include in-text citations or a Works Cited in their essay, and has made no attempt at all to correctly cite material included in their essay from an outside source in the required APA/ APSA format. Essay does not include the required minimum of two outside sources, or includes information from an unacceptable source.

2 Below Average: Student included a works cited, but did not include in-text citations. Student did not correctly cite material included in their essay from an outside source in the required APA/ APSA format. Essay does not include the required minimum of two outside sources.

3 Average: Student included a works cited, but may not include in-text citations. Student made a subtle effort to correctly cite material and may have not done so in the required APA/ APSA format. Essay does include the required minimum of two outside sources.

4 Good: Student included works cited and included in-text citations, but may have done so in the incorrect citation format. Student correctly cited material included from an outside source and cited material in the required APA/ APSA format. Citations had some mistakes or were not fully complete. Essay does include the required minimum of two outside sources.

5 Exemplary: Student included a works cited, and includes in-text citations. Student correctly cited material included from an outside source and cited material in the required APA/ APSA format. Citations were fully complete. Essay does include the required minimum of two outside sources.



D. Grammar, Style, and Format

1 Poor: Essay had an overwhelming amount of grammatical errors, and format issues. The essay was not the proper length. Parts of the essay were not comprehendible due to the amount of errors throughout the student’s writing.

2 Below Average: Essay had many grammatical errors and format issues but the mistakes did not impede the reader’s ability to comprehend the student’s writing. The essay was not the proper length.

3 Average: Student had several grammatical errors and format issues. The ideas that the student’s essay was trying to convey was not hindered by the grammatical mistakes. The essay was the proper length.



4 Good: Student’s essay had very few grammatical errors and no format issues. The student’s paper was the correct length.

5 Exemplary: Student’s essay was virtually free of any grammatical errors and format issues. The student used articulate language through their essay, and their essay was the required length.

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