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Philosophical Essay Assessment Rubric
Your name: _______________________________________
Name of the person whose paper is being evaluated:____________________________
Essay Title: ______________________________
Overall Assessment: Please type in the following space the letter grade you think this paper deserves: _____________________ Note: type only one of the following: A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F. Note also that the assessment is the grade BEFORE any of the deductions noted on the essay topics hand-out. For example, suppose the student neglected to put a word count on the paper. The penalty for this is 10%. A student, then, might receive a mark as follows: “B -10% no word count.” Your mark should be the “raw” letter grade part, that is, just the “B” in the example.
Instructions: Put in bold box (A, B, C or LC) for each of the following 8 items. Add a comment under each section. Remember the goal of the exercise is to help your peers improve their writing: be as honest as possible while making specific recommendations for improvement. Your comments must be typed.

A. General Essay Requirements


1. Literacy (spelling, punctuation, grammar)

A. Excellent: Few or no mistakes in spelling punctuation and grammar.

B. Good: Few mistakes in spelling, punctuation and grammar.

C. Needs serious attention: some mistakes in spelling, punctuation and grammar.

LC. Major Overhaul: Spelling, punctuation or grammar seriously detracts from the comprehensibility of the paper.

General comment on improving spelling punctuation and grammar:


2. Bibliographic form

Excellent: no errors in citing materials, either in in-text citations or reference list. Contains at least one reference to course readings

Good: Minor errors in some

references, either in in-text or reference list. Contains at least one reference to course readings.



Needs serious attention: Consistent errors either in in-text or reference list. Contains at least one reference to course readings.

Major Overhaul: Lacks understanding of proper citing procedures or lacks references altogether.


General comment on improving bibliographic form:



3. Organization

Excellent: logical structure of argument is very clear. Main arguments, objections and replies very clearly indicated.

Good: logical structure of argument is clear. Main arguments, objections and replies clearly indicated.

Needs serious attention: logical structure of argument is not clear, or main arguments, objections and replies not clearly indicated

Major Overall: structure of argument cannot be made out, or missing entirely.

General comment on improving organization:


4. Accuracy

Excellent: concepts and argument from readings clearly and accurately explained

Good: concepts and argument from readings mostly clearly and accurately explained

Needs serious attention: concepts and argument from readings not clearly and accurately explained

Major overall: concepts and argument from readings not included or misrepresented

General comment on improving accuracy:


*LC = Less than a ‘C’, i.e., D or F.



B. Argument Evaluation


5. Statement of Thesis

A. Very Clear

B. Clear

C. Somewhat clear

LC. Not clear

General comments for improvement of thesis statement:

6. Arguments in support of Thesis

A. Very persuasive

B. Persuasive

C. Somewhat persuasive

LC. Not very persuasive

General comments for improvement of arguments in support of main thesis:



7. Objections

A. Very strong objection

B. Strong Objection

C. Somewhat strong objection

LC. Not very strong objection

General comments for improvement to objections:



8. Reply to objections

A. Very strong reply

B. Strong reply

C. Somewhat strong reply

LC. Not very strong

General comments for improvement to reply to objections:


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