Researched Argument Rubric (Adapted from Yale)INTRODUCTION- Background/History, Define the problem, Thesis Statement: 10 POINTSWell-developed introductory paragraph contains detailed background, a clear explanation or definition of the problem and establishes the rhetorical context of the issue. Intro opens with interesting/provocative/attention-grabbing statements.Intro ends with a clear and well-developed arguable claim (thesis statement) with blueprint.MAIN POINTS- Body Paragraphs, Refutation, Rebuttal: 30 POINTSThree or more main points ( blueprint) are well developed with supporting details. Refutation paragraph(s) acknowledges the opposing view and summarizes their main points.Quotes are used sparingly and are formatted properly.Analysis and synthesis are evident throughout the body paragraphs.ORGANIZATION: 20 POINTSLogical, compelling progression of ideas in essay; clear structure which enhances and showcases the central idea or theme and moves the reader through the text. Organization flows so smoothly the reader hardly thinks about it. Clear subheadings guide the reader through the transition of ideas.Effective, mature, graceful transitions and transition sentences exist throughout the essay.WORKS CITED: POINTS=PASS/FAIL Source material is smoothly integrated into the text. All sources are accurately documented in the desired format both in the text and on the Works Cited page.Essays submitted without Works Cited pages or in-text citations receive an automatic zero).MECHANICS, Sentence Structure, Punctuation, Capitalization, Style, and Diction: 25 POINTSSentence structure is correct. Punctuation and capitalization are correct. Effective use of academic vocabulary, correct grammar, descriptive verbs and adjectives.Authors’ names are spelled correctly and appropriately addressed.CONCLUSION: 15 POINTSConclusion summarizes the main topics without repeating previous sentences; writer’s opinions and suggestions for change are logical and well thought out.
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