Defining Moments in Canadian History Essay Rubric Reminder: Essays without citations or

Defining Moments in Canadian History Essay Rubric
Reminder: Essays without citations or a works cited page will not be marked.
Category
Level 4
Level 3
Level 2
Level 1
R/I
Evidence & Examples and accuracy
K _____ /30
– Research thoroughly supports thesis.
– All of the evidence and examples are specific, relevant and explanations are given that show how each piece of evidence supports the Thesis
– All supportive facts are reported accurately
-Evidence comes from a variety of credible sources both within and across body paragraphs.
– Research frequently supports thesis
– Most of the evidence and examples are specific, relevant and explanations are given that show how each piece of evidence supports the Thesis
– Almost all supportive facts are reported accurately.
-Evidence usually comes from a variety of credible sources both within and across body paragraphs.
– Research occasionally supports thesis.
– At least one of the pieces of evidence and examples is relevant and has an explanation that shows how that piece of evidence supports the Thesis
– Most supportive facts are reported accurately.
-Evidence sometimes comes from a variety of credible sources both within and across body paragraphs.
– Limited Research/Evidence
Present
– Some Evidence and examples are NOT relevant AND/OR are not clearly explained
– Limited facts & many are
inaccurate.
-Evidence comes from a limited variety of sources. Some sources may not be credible. Each body paragraph relies mainly on a single source.
– Very limited Research/Evidence
Present
– Evidence and examples are NOT relevant AND/OR are not explained
– Very Limited facts & Most are inaccurate.
-Evidence does not come from a variety of credible sources.
Thinking _____/30
Introduction and Thesis
_____ / 5
– Introduces topic with relevant background and insight as to importance.
Thesis is clear & concise
– Outlines the theme of the essay and effectively states the evidence/examples that will support it
-Theme and thesis of the paper are evident throughout
– Introduces topic with relevant background and insight as to importance.
– Thesis is somewhat clear
– Outlines the theme of the essay and includes the evidence to support it
-Theme and thesis of the paper are evident throughout
– Introduces topic with some relevant background and little insight as to importance.
– Thesis is not very clear
– Thesis does not adequately explain the theme or provide proper evidence to support it
-Theme and thesis of the paper are evident often but lost occasionally
– Introduces topic with limited background and little/no insight as to importance.
– Thesis is missing or sufficiently incomplete as to provide limited idea as to theme
-Provides limited evidence
-Theme and thesis of the paper are rarely evident
– Fails to introduce topic with relevant background.
– Thesis is Missing
– Evidence not discussed in focus statement
-Theme and thesis of the paper are not evident beyond the introduction
Paragraphing/
Organization
_____ / 5
– Essay follows a clear & logical sequence.
– Clearly explains how the evidence supports the thesis.
– Paragraphs are not overburdened or lacking information.– Clear evidence of careful selection of details.
– Essay follows some logical sequencing
– Adequately explains how the evidence supports the thesis.
– Paragraphs are not overburdened or lacking information
– Evidence of careful selection of details.
– Some problems with the sequencing of the essay.
– Essay does not always fully explain how the evidence supports the thesis.
– Paragraphs are somewhat overburdened or lacking information.
– Some evidence of detail selection.
– Problems with the overall sequencing and flow of the essay.
– Essay does not adequately explain how the evidence supports the thesis.
– Paragraphs contain too much irrelevant information
– Limited evidence of care taken in detail selection.
– Very Limited Organization & Development of Paragraphs
– Paper is very disjointed and lacks any real flow
– Very limited explanation of how evidence supports the thesis.
Connection to the Course
_____/10
– Essay thoroughly explains Canada’s Role in the issue discussed in the Essay
OR
– Essay thoroughly explains how Canada has grown or been changed by the event(s) discussed in the essay
– Essay explains in detail Canada’s Role in the issue discussed in the Essay
OR
– Essay explains in detail how Canada has grown or been changed by the event(s) discussed in the essay
– Essay somewhat explains Canada’s Role in the issue discussed in the Essay
OR
– Essay somewhat explains how Canada has grown or been changed by the event(s) discussed in the essay
– Essay explains in a limited way, Canada’s Role in the issue discussed in the Essay
OR
– Essay explains in a limited way how Canada has grown or been changed by the event(s) discussed in the essay
– Essay does not adequately demonstrate how Canada’s Role was influential or how Canada was changed by the events discussed in the essay.
Conclusion
_____/ 10
– Conclusion is strong and leaves the reader with a feeling that they understand what the writer is “getting at.”
– Thesis restated using different wording
-well summarized
-no new information or arguments
-clear and strong final emphasis to the paper
– Conclusion is recognizable and ties up almost all the loose ends
– Thesis restated/reworded
-well summarized
-no new information or arguments
-clear and strong final emphasis to the paper
– Conclusion is recognizable, but does not tie up several loose ends.
– Thesis restated
-limited summary of arguments
-new information or arguments may be present
-unclear or weak final emphasis to the paper
– Conclusion is present, but it just ends the paper
– Thesis NOT restated
– There is no clear conclusion, the paper just ends
– Thesis NOT restated
Communication ______20
MUGSS
(Mechanics, Usage, Grammar, Spelling, Sentence Structure)
_____/ 10
– Essay has a few MUGS errors, but they do not distract
the reader.
– All sentences are well-constructed with varied structure.
-Few/no word choice errors
– Essay has a few MUGS errors which occasionally distract the reader.
– Most sentences are well-constructed and there is some varied sentence structure in the essay.
– Essay has multiple MUGS errors which interfere with the reading of the essay.
– Most sentences are well constructed, but there is no variation is structure.
– Essay is difficult to read due to the number of MUGS errors.
– Most sentences are not well-constructed or varied.
– Essay contains far too many MUGS errors.
– Poor sentence structure
– Run-On’s and Sentences that just end
Language Use
And transitions
_____/ 10
– Essay contains no slang, cliché’s,
contractions or other informal
language
– Essay contains limited/no
narrative aspects
– Clear & Strong Transitions to
connect one point to another
(paragraphs)
– Tone is formal & academic
— A variety of thoughtful
transitions are used. They
clearly show how ideas are
connected.
– Essay contains a very limited amount of cliché’s,
contractions or other informal
language
– Essay contains very limited
narrative aspects
– Good Transitions to connect
one point to another
(paragraphs)
– Tone is mostly formal & academic
– Transitions clearly show
how ideas are connected,
but there is little variety.
– Essay contains a few cliché’s,
contractions or other informal
language
– Essay contains a few
narrative aspects
– Some use of transitions to
connect points (paragraphs)
– paper contains some conversational /informal tone
– Some transitions work well; but connections between other ideas are fuzzy.
– Use of “Firstly, Secondly
– Use of “All in all” or “In
conclusion
– Essay contains some cliché’s,
contractions or other informal
language
– Essay contains some
narrative aspects
– Limited use of transitions to
connect points (paragraphs)
– Paper contains too much conversational/informal tone
– Transitions are present, but
weak
– use of “Firstly, Secondly
– Use of “All in all” or
“In conclusion”
– Essay contains too many
cliché’s, contractions or other
informal language
– Essay contains too much
narrative
– No real use of transitions to connect points paragraphs
– The transitions between ideas are unclear and/or nonexistent.
Application _____/20
Documentation
– Works Cited Page is alphabetized and individual citations are correctly organized
– Parenthetical Citations are formatted correctly
– Parenthetical Citations are used correctly for all quotes and paraphrases from the literary and research texts
– All Sources are appropriate, and diverse, 4+ sources
– Works Cited Page contains
one error in alphabetizing and/or individual citations contain one error
– Parenthetical Citations are formatted correctly
– Parenthetical Citations are used for quotes and paraphrases from the literary and research texts
– All Sources are appropriate and diverse, 3 sources
– Works Cited Page contains
some errors in alphabetizing and/or individual citations contain errors
– Parenthetical Citations contain a few errors
-Few parenthetical Citations used for quotes and paraphrases
– All Sources are appropriate, fewer than 3 sources
– Works Cited Page contains multiple alphabetizing & organizational errors
– Parenthetical Citations contain some errors
– Very Few Parenthetical Citations used for quotes and paraphrases
– Some Sources are INAPPROPRIATE
(ie Wikipedia)
– fewer than 3 sources used
ABSENCE OF CITATIONS OR WORKS CITED MAKES THE ESSAY INELIGIBLE FOR EVALUATION
-Wikipedia is used as a major information source
– Most Sources are INAPPROPRIATE, lack diversity (eg. All internet)– only 1 or 2 sources used
K _____ 30 T _____ 30 C _____/20 A _____/20
K _____ 30 T _____ 30 C _____/20 A _____/20Comments:

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