English 2010

Proposal Grading Rubric

When grading the final proposal essay, I ask myself the following set of questions:

  1. Is the thesis easily identified? Does the thesis consist of a clear and compelling solution to the problem? Is the thesis consistently part of the final proposal, from introduction to conclusion?
  2. Does the proposal include a precise and engaging description of the problem?
  3. Are a majority of the sources scholarly? Do some of the eight sources clearly supply evidence that the solution addresses the problem?
  4. Does the essay clearly use identifiable rhetorical strategies for supporting an argument? Is it obvious that the proposal essay has been written for its audience?
  5. Is the essay’s rhetorical effectiveness strengthened through its organization and conventional grammar? Does the essay (not including the works cited page) meet the 6-8 page length requirement? Are the works cited page entries excellent?

If the answer to any of these questions is “no,” I give the essay some kind of C. If the answer to most of the questions is “no,” its grade will be lower. To essays that have received “yes” answers to the questions above, I add the following:

  1. Does the essay enter into a conversation about its problem and solution using some of the eight sources? For example, are other documented possible solutions described fairly and accurately?
  2. Does the essay adequately reply to other possible solutions? For example, are they addressed by another source or refuted or conceded to? Is it clear, as a result of the final proposal, that the solution argued for is the best one?
  3. Does the final proposal essay directly state what its solution will accomplish?
  4. Are the language of sources and the author clearly distinguishable from each other? Have sources been consistently introduced with attributive tags? Are the paragraphs devoted to introducing and concluding the essay excellent?

Depending on my answers to these questions, I give the essay some kind of A or some kind of B.