Rubrics generally use several distinct categories which break down assessment into smaller chunks.The example rubric detailed in this lesson will use 5 categories.
It is in this grading category that a research paper becomes different from other kinds of essays.
An unclear, poorly written thesis statement would earn a zero in this category, while a clearly written, engaging, and well-thought-out thesis statement would earn a three.
Imagine reading this lesson, but instead of headings, transitions, and a progression of ideas, you were instead presented with random facts all over the place with no clear organization.
Rubrics are a useful tool for setting expectations and grading student work.
This lesson will provide you with examples for a rubric you can use when teaching and assessing research papers written by your students.