|Line of Reasoning *||Organization and Structure||Content||Language/Prose/Syntax|
1. Thesis is highly refined and well developed.
2. Argument is complex and coherent and demonstrates a strong line of logical reasoning supported by evidence.
|Organization of ideas/information is highly advanced and well organized.||
1. Synthesizes original insight into the content.
2. Highly developed argument provides innovative solution to a well-defined problem.
3. Demonstrates application of the solution.
|Ideas expressed in professional and technical language appropriate to the discipline; complex ideas are expressed clearly.|
1. Composes a well-defined thesis that is supported by coherent and relevant arguments.
2. Argument is coherent and develops a clear line of logical reasoning.
|Organization of ideas/information is well planned and organized; structure enhances the message or argument.||
1. Exhibits original insight into the content.
2. Content illuminates the argument and/or message.
|Uses grammatically correct prose that is highly appropriate to the audience; paper successfully utilizes complex sentence structures; prose is articulate and sophisticated.|
1. Constructs an identifiable thesis with some gaps or inconsistencies in reasoning.
2. Minor gaps in logic but the overall argument is linear and coherent
|Some organizational problems evident.||
1. Content is adequately addressed.
2. Content generally supports main argument.
|Minor problems with grammar or punctuation, but sentences generally make sense; sentence structure is simplistic; prose may be conversational or somewhat inappropriate for purpose of the assignment or the audience.|
1. Thesis is weak, unclear or too broad for assignment, but has some relevance to the body of essay or presentation.
2. Paper utilizes only marginally coherent set of ideas; connections between some ideas and arguments are missing or underdeveloped.
|Some attempt at organizing ideas/information but reasoning for that ordering is not apparent.||
1. Content is only superficially addressed.
2. Content does not fully support main argument.
|Exhibits grammatical problems but overall meaning of sentences is not totally obscured; prose may not reflect an understanding of standard English or other language used; may lack an understanding of the purpose of the assignment or the audience.|
* This column is used to simultaneously assess critical thinking