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Grading Article Summaries

Each article summary is worth 15 points. The summary is graded on three different dimensions:

Mechanics

Organization

Content

Each of these dimensions can score from zero to five points. This means that if your content is excellent but your grammar is terrible, you can still get a reasonably good score. Here’s how the scoring works:


MechanicsOrganizationContent
5
Highly commendable use of capitalization and punctuation.
All words spelled correctly
Exemplary application of grammar
Exemplary overall structure, carefully organized from beginning to end.
Consistently lucid and identifiable thesis/topic sentences.
Consistently clear, effective transitions.
Argument is complex and highly persuasive; ideas are highly original.
Support is consistently convincing, rich, and interesting.
4
Highly commendable use of capitalization and punctuation.
Almost all words spelled correctly.
Highly commendable application of grammar.
Highly commendable overall structure, clearly organized from beginning to end.
Consistently clear thesis/ topic sentences.
Generally clear, effective transitions.
Argument is persuasive; generally original ideas.
Support is very strong, but may lack a high degree of richness.
3
Commendable use of capitalization and punctuation.
Most words spelled correctly.
Commendable application of grammar.
Commendable overall structure, organized but may have minor lapses in order or structure.
Generally clear thesis/topic sentences.
Frequent use of transitions.
Argument is generally persuasive; ideas are strong, but not necessarily original.
Support is strong and generally reinforces the focus.
2
Many capitalization and puncutation errors.
Many words spelled incorrectly.
Many grammatical errors.
Adequate overall structure, evidence of basic organizational structure.
Sometimes unclear thesis/ topic sentences.
Occasional use of transitions.
Argument is somewhat persuasive; ideas are rather predictable.
Support is adequate but misses some detail.
1
Significant number of capitalization & punctuation errors.
Significant number of words spelled incorrectly.
Significant number of grammatical errors.
Inadequate overall structure, unfocused and difficult to follow.
Limited use of thesis/topic sentences.
Rare use of transitions.
Argument is not very persuasive; ideas are faulty.
Support is insufficient.
0
Riddled with capitalization and punctuation errors.
Extreme difficulties with spelling and grammar significantly impeded comprehension.
Lack of structure, impediment to basic comprehension.
No thesis/topic sentences.
No transitions.
Absence of argument or relevant ideas.
No evidence of support.