➢ The paper should be in a scholarly format and include at least three (3) peer-reviewed journal references (not including textbooks). None of the references can come from the Internet, unless they are from peer-reviewed journals ➢ double-spaced, use 12-point Times New Roman font, and have a one-inch margin. The paper must be at least 3 full pages, not including references. Citations and references MUST use APA style. The paper will be graded on the basis of style (including grammar and spelling), depth, clarity, applicability, adequacy of references, and timeliness.
➢ The paper should include the following sections:
**Note: An abstract is NOT required for this paper!!
➢ The first rough draft CANNOT be in outline form!
➢ The second rough draft should be close to the final version of the paper
Problem statement; orientation to topic
Little or no reference to the topic and issues to be covered
The writer makes the reader aware of the topic but lacks some clarity about its importance. Overview of issues to be covered is unclear.
The writer introduces the topic and its importance. Provides a clear overview of the issues to be covered in the paper.
Conclusion and Relevance
Summary of the topic, issues reviewed, and conclusions made; explains relevance of topic to student’s major field.
There is little indication that the writer tried to synthesize the information presented in the paper. Relevance of the topic to the student’s major field is absent.
The writer provides concluding remarks that demonstrate an analysis and synthesis of ideas. However, some are not supported in the paper. Relevance of the topic to the student’s major field is stated.
The writer makes succinct and precise conclusions based on the material presented. Insights into the topic are appropriate. Relevance of the topic to the student’s major field is clear and concise.
Qualities and Criteria Point Value
Low Middle High 0-10 11-15 16-20
Organization and Flow
Clear organization of material; transitions tie paragraphs and sections together.
Little evidence of a cohesive plan. Little or no description or detail. Ideas are scrambled, jumbled or disconnected. A natural and logical flow of ideas and facts is absent.
Material organized appropriately but lacks some clarity or consistency; extraneous material may be present. There is a basic flow from one section to the next, but not all sections or paragraphs follow in a natural or logical order.
Material is organized in a clear,
appropriate and precise manner. Sections and paragraphs follow a natural and logical order. Transitions tie sections and adjacent paragraphs together.
Clarity of Writing and Grammar
Includes spelling, punctuation, grammar, and format
It is difficult to understand what the writer is trying to express. The paper contains many errors in spelling, grammar, and/or punctuation.
Writing is generally clear but confusing at times. Paragraph or sentence structure is too repetitive. There are errors in spelling, grammar, or punctuation.
The writing is clear and appropriately concise. There are very few, if any, errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
Citations and References
In-text citations are properly referenced; references are listed in an appropriate format with all necessary components; references are of adequate quality from peer- reviewed sources (1.e., <30% from non-refereed web sources); there are at least 3 references.
The writer does not include sufficient in-text citations. References are incomplete or improperly formatted. Many references are of poor quality. There are an insufficient number of references (<3).
The writer cites sources within the body of the paper and includes a corresponding references list. Some citations are lacking or there may be some formatting problems. Poor quality references are somewhat overutilized. There are too few references.
The writer includes all necessary citations in the body of the paper. The references in the list match the in-text citations and all are properly formatted. The references are of adequate quality and there are a sufficient number of them utilized.
Presents differing views; synthesizes values and ethics involved in these views; describes potential resolution strategies; adequate depth and coverage of major issues; and appropriate length.
The writer left out major sections of required content. The topics are presented at too basic a level. The ideas presented have little or no significance to the topic of the paper. The paper lacks depth. The length of the paper is inappropriate.
The writer includes all major sections of the required content but does not cover them in as much depth or detail. Some redundancy may be present. The length of the paper may be somewhat inappropriate—too short or too long.
The writer covers the appropriate content without being redundant. The significance to the topic and the issues is clear. The paper is an appropriate length—covers the topic adequately without being too long or too short.
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