HONORS ECONOMICS AND GOVERNMENT
BRIEF RUBRIC

Descriptors

Points

Conventions

·         Mechanical Correctness

Spelling, grammar, punctuation

 

·         Proper Citations and Works Cited

All information that is not “common knowledge” must be internally cited.

Key Question:  How much editing would have to be done to be ready to share with an outside source?

 

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Idea Development

·         Coverage

Covers all the topics stated in the introduction

·         Content

Verifiable facts from legitimate sources

·         Connections

Facts are clearly relevant to the topic

·         Focus

No digression from the central topic.  Student argument follows a clear path 

Key Question:  Did the writer stay focused and use verifiable evidence to support the main thesis?

 

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Organization

·         Thesis and Map

Clear normative statement of position with clear and complete outline of supporting topics in opening paragraph

·         Sequencing and Transitions

Logical and effective structure with smooth and thoughtful transitions between topic paragraphs

·         Conclusion

Conclusion re-states all of the main points in other words and provides no new information

Key Question:  Does the organizational structure enhance the ideas and make it easier to understand?

 

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Voice, Fluency, and Word Choice

Maintains academic tone through appropriate word choice; no first person; no contractions

Key Question:  Do the words and phrases create vivid pictures and flow together as the essay is read aloud?

 

3       2       1       0

 

Comments:                                                                                                Total Points ______ (30 possible) 

CLEAR, COMPLETE, CORRECT, CONVINCING