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8th Grade Social Studies Research Paper: Scoring Rubric

 

 

“A” range

“B” range

“C” range

“D” range

Introduction & Conclusion

 

(____/5 points)

Both intro and conclusion frame paper well and directly support overall argument

Both introduction and conclusion somewhat frame paper, allude to overall argument

Intro and/or conclusion frames paper poorly and/or weakly support argument

Intro and/or conclusion weak or missing and/or fail to support argument

Argument Quality and Consistency

 

(____/10 points)

Thesis is clearly presented and argued strongly throughout

Thesis is clearly presented and argued somewhat throughout

Thesis is weak or unclear and/or not clearly argued throughout

Thesis is weak or non-existent, and badly argued throughout

Transitions and Level of Insight

 

(____/15 points)

Paper moves seamlessly across ideas and sources with strong historical voice

Paper moves fairly well across ideas and sources with some historical voice

Paper moves haltingly across ideas and sources and/or lacks historical voice

Paper moves poorly across ideas and sources and/or shows no historical voice

Historical Content and Accuracy

(____/10 points)

Details of events are consistent, accurate, and relevant to topic

Details of events are consistent, accurate, and relevant to topic

Details of events lack consistency, accuracy, and/or relevance to topic

Many details are inconsistent, inaccurate, and/or irrelevant

Sourcing and Bibliography

 

(____/5 points)

Source info is used and cited properly at all times; accurate bibliography

Source info is used and cited properly most of the time; accurate bibliography

Source info is used and cited properly some of the time; slight errors in bibliography

Source info is rarely used and cited properly; problems with bibliography

P.A.C.T.S.

(____/5 points)

Careful attention paid to P.A.C.T.S. conventions

Careful attention paid to P.A.C.T.S.  conventions

Some attention paid to P.A.C.T.S. conventions

Little attention paid to P.A.C.T.S.  conventions

 

Grade Multiplier – the number below, multiplied by your rubric score, represents your final grade:

STANDARD LEVEL:

 

3 Pages

4 Pages

5 Pages

4 Sources

1.7

1.775

1.85

5 Sources (incl. 1 from JSTOR)

1.80

1.85

1.925

6 Sources (incl. 2 from JSTOR)

1.85

1.925

2.0

 

SELF-SELECT:

 

4 Pages

5 Pages

6 Pages

6 Sources (incl. 2 from JSTOR)

1.7

1.775

1.85

7 Sources (incl. 3 from JSTOR)

1.775

1.85

1.925

8 Sources (incl. 4 from JSTOR)

1.85

1.925

2.0

 

**Teacher reserves the right to modify grade multipliers for certain students**

Page format: 1-inch margins, 12-point font (Times New Roman or equivalent), double spacing

Raw Score (out of 50): __________

 

X Multiplier: __________

 

Final Grade (out of 100): __________

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