Essay 1 Rubric - question or puzzle the author has too many research questions or puzzles or a research question that is too broad or not well

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Criteria Description Points Thesis Clear, perceptive, and focused; leads to an incisive, creative argument; takes on interesting, complex ideas; sufficiently limited in scope. [4-5 points] Muddled or difficult to decipher; ordinary or uninteresting, not especially creative or insightful; may lack focus, be too broad. [2-3 points] No thesis or a thesis that is merely descriptive, not the heart of an argument; vague, confusing, or plainly erroneous thesis. [0-1 points] Motive Introduction establishes a compelling, thoughtful research question or puzzle to be answered; clearly identifies an inconsistency, contradiction, gap, conflict, or tension that needs explaining; engages the reader with a question, insight, or intellectual context. [3 points] Motive is present, but ordinary or not especially compelling; the opening sentences do not engage the reader’s attention or explain an interesting
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Unformatted text preview: question or puzzle; the author has too many research questions or puzzles or a research question that is too broad or not well defined. [1-2 points] No motive or a motive that merely explains personal reasons for caring about the topic; it is not clear why the reader should care about the topic or want to read further. [0 points] Grammar and Style Flawless grammar and style; clear and conversational yet sophisticated; stimulating, a pleasure to read; citations appropriately handled. [2 points] One or more noticeable errors in grammar and style; lacks sophistication (may be weighed down by fancy diction meant to impress). [1 point] Numerous errors in grammar and style; generally unclear or hard to read; overly simplistic. [0 points] TOTAL POINTS (out of 10) Comments...
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This note was uploaded on 10/25/2011 for the course AMERICAN H 100 taught by Professor Dr,holland during the Fall '08 term at BYU.

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