Research Rubric

Research Paper Rubric

Category

Exceeds Standard

Meets Standard

Nearly Meets Standard

Does Not Meet Standard

Thesis Statement

Clearly and concisely states the paper’s purpose in a single sentence, which is engaging, and thought provoking

Clearly states the paper’s purpose in a single sentence

States the paper’s purpose in a single sentence

Incomplete/unfocused

Body

Each paragraph has thoughtful supporting detail sentences that develop the main idea

Each paragraph has sufficient supporting detail sentences that develop the main idea

Each paragraph lacks supporting detail sentences

Each paragraph fails to develop the main idea

Organization/Structure

Writer demonstrates logical

and subtle sequencing of ideas

through well-developed

paragraphs; transitions are

used to enhance organization

Paragraph development

present but not perfected

Logical organization;

organization of ideas not fully developed

No evidence of structure or organization

Conclusion

The conclusion is engaging and restates the thesis

The conclusion restates the thesis

The conclusion does not adequately restate the thesis

Incomplete/unfocused

Mechanics

No errors in capitalization and spelling

Almost no errors in punctuation and spelling

Several errors in capitalization and spelling

Numerous errors in capitalization and spelling

Citation

All cited works, both text and

visual, are done in the correct

format with no errors

Some cited works, both text

and visual, are done in the

correct format.

Inconsistencies evident

Few cited works, both text

and visual, are done in the correct format

Absent

Bibliography

Done in the correct format

with no errors Includes 6 references:

3 book

3 internet

Done in the correct format

with few errors Includes 6 references:

3 book

3 internet

 

Done in the correct format

with some errors Includes 6 references:

3 book

3 internet

Incorrect format

Some references missing