Points Possible Element of Paper High Benchmark Intermediate Benchmark Low Benchmark /5 Thesis (the take home message) Paper has a clear thesis that is interesting and limited in scope so that it is arguable. The thesis is presented early and is present throughout the paper. (4-5 pts) Thesis is present at the beginning but not clear throughout the paper. Thesis may be vague or confusing. (2-3 pts) Thesis is missing or paper is mostly just a summary or description of other work. (0-1 pts) /5 Structure Paper has an abstract, body, summary, and conclusion. The structure is a logical progression of ideas and evidence. There are strong links between points and paragraphs are well-organized. Headings and subheadings assist the reader navigate the document. Appropriate figures support the argument. (4-5 pts) The structure is generally logical, but may be confusing or underdeveloped. Topic sentences in paragraphs are unclear or simply descriptive. Relevant figures are missing or copied straight from other sources. (2-3 pts) The clear progression of ideas is not present throughout, or the paper is missing sections. Paragraphs are not focused or developed. No relevant figures. (0-1 pts) /15 Content Covers all of the points listed for the sector in the project description Multiple lines of appropriate evidence are provided to support the thesis. Divergent viewpoints or possible biases are also presented. (11-15 pts) The required content is present, but may just skim the surface or be taken out of context. (5-10 pts) Evidence for the thesis is weak, poorly explained, or not thoroughly researched. (0-4 pts) /12 Analysis The analysis of the content is insightful and clearly shows how the evidence supports the thesis. A thoughtful synthesis of the information and recommended actions are presented. (10-12 pts) The analysis is only somewhat insightful and mostly just summarizes evidence.(6-10 pts) Analysis is missing or mere summary. May include misinterpretation of evidence. (0-5 pts) /8 Sources Adequate, high quality, relevant sources; at least ten references. References may include news articles, but should also include more substantive scholarly works. Sources are clearly cited within the text and at the end (6-8pts) Cited correctly for the most part, but used in limited ways, perhaps as filler or simple affirmation of writer’s viewpoint. Most references are short and simple popular news articles lacking depth. (3-5 pts) Inadequate or irrelevant sources, incorrectly quoted or cited. Sources are merely used as filler. (0-2pts) /5 Style and Format Paper is of appropriate length to provide in-depth analysis (approximately 15 pages double-spaced). Paper is free of errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Clear, sophisticated, and easy to read. (4-5 pts) Paper is slightly short and generally clear, but is weighed down by filler and/or diction meant to take up space. Some technical errors. (2-3 pts) Paper is of inadequate length and poorly written. Simplistic or difficult to read.
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