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Department
Religion
Course Code
RLG101H5
Professor
Kenneth Derry

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Essay Grading Rubric
A: Excellent B: Good C: Adequate D: Marginal F: Inadequate
Response
to Task
Contains all
required
elements.
No formatting
errors.
No errors in
source
documentation.
Contains most
required elements.
Few errors in
formatting.
Few errors in
source
documentation.
Contains some
required elements.
Some errors in
formatting.
Some errors in
source
documentation.
Contains few
required
elements.
Many errors in
formatting.
Many errors in
source
documentation.
Does not address
question or task.
Fundamental
errors in
formatting.
Fundamental
errors in source
documentation.
Analysis Insightful, original
analysis.
Excellent use/
understanding of
theory.
Essay fully
controlled by
precise, well-
defined thesis.
Strong analysis
that often goes
beyond obvious or
surface meanings.
Good use/
understanding of
theory.
Thesis appropriate
to the essay, but
may lack some
precision.
Simple analysis
that at times goes
beyond obvious or
surface meanings.
Use of theory
adequate in some
ways, but not all.
General thesis or
controlling idea is
evident, but key
elements unclear.
Very little
analysis.
Some use of
theory, but
insufficient
and/or incorrect
in several ways.
Thesis is vague
or not central to
essay.
No analysis.
Use of theory
absent or wholly
incorrect.
No discernible
thesis.
Support/
Argument
Fully supports all
arguments with
relevant
evidence and
well-developed,
persuasive
reasoning.
Supports most
arguments with
relevant evidence
and clear,
consistent
reasoning.
Supports some
arguments with
limited, but
adequate
evidence and
reasoning (essay
contains too much
description; some
arguments unclear
or unsupported).
Provides
insufficient/
irrelevant
evidence and/or
poor reasoning to
support several
key arguments
(essay in general
tends towards
description or
subjective
opinion).
Fails to support
arguments with
evidence or
reasoning (essay
consists almost
entirely of
description or
subjective
opinion).
Structure/
Coherence
Paper has
excellent
structure.
All body
paragraphs have
a clear focus and
are coherent.
Paper is generally
well structured.
Most body
paragraphs have
a clear focus and
are coherent.
Paper has a weak
but present
structure.
Some body
paragraphs have
a clear focus or
topic.
Much of the
paper is
disorganized
and/or
incoherent.
Many body
paragraphs lack
focus.
Paper has no
obvious structure.
Most body
paragraphs have
no clear focus.
Writing Writing is
eloquent and
clear.
Absence of
biased or
colloquial
language.
Excellent diction
and sentence
structure.
Excellent
mechanics and
punctuation.
Writing is clear
with minor errors.
Few examples of
biased or
colloquial
language.
Good diction and
sentence
structure.
Good mechanics
and punctuation.
Writing is
competent with
some errors.
Some biased or
colloquial
language
Some problems
with diction or
sentence
structure.
Some problems
with mechanics
and punctuation.
Some major
writing errors or
numerous minor
ones that impede
understanding.
Many examples
of biased or
colloquial
language.
Many problems
with diction and
sentence
structure.
Poor mechanics
and punctuation.
Major errors that
make writing
difficult to
understand.
Frequent use of
inappropriate
language.
Serious problems
with diction and
sentence
structure.
Significant
problems with
mechanics and
punctuation.

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Essay Grading Rubric A: Excellent B: Good C: Adequate D: Marginal F: Inadequate Response Contains all Contains most Contains some Contains few Does not address required required elements. required elements. required question or task. to Task elements. Few errors in Some errors in elements. Fundamental No formatting formatting. formatting. Many errors in errors in errors. Few errors in Some errors in formatting. formatting. No errors in source source Many errors in Fundamental source documentation. documentation. source errors in source documentation. documentation. documentation. Insightful, originalStrong analysis Simple analysis Very little No analysis. Analysis analysis. that often goes that at times goes analysis. Use of theory Excellent use/ beyond obvious or beyond obvious or Some use of absent or wholly understanding of surface meanings. surface meanings. theory, but incorrect. theory. Good use/ Use of theory insufficient No discernible Essay fully understanding of adequate in some and/or incorrect thesis. controlled by theory. ways, but not all. in several ways. precise, well- Thesis appropriate General thesis or Thesis is vague defined thesis. to the essay, but controlling idea is or not central to may lack some evident, but key essay. precision. elements unclear. Support/ Fully supports all Supports most Supports some Provides Fails to support Argument arguments with arguments with arguments with insufficient/ arguments with relevant relevant evidence limited, but irrelevant evidence or evidence and and clear, adequate evidence and/or reasoning (essay well-developed, consistent evidence and poor reasoning to consists almost persuasive reasoning. reasoning (essay support several entirely of reasoning. contains too much key arguments description or
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