DAS-U-Analysis and use of course concepts

Students write an informative essay that increases readers’ knowledge of the topic and comprehension of the thesis statement. Students are assessed on their ability to write cohesive paragraphs, a thesis statement that is fully supported throughout the essay, an introduction, and a conclusion that are free of punctuation, grammar, and spelling errors. Students write in their own words, objectively without bias, and support their statements with evidence. The essay consists of four- to five-pages, including a title page and an annotated bibliography consisting of at least three credible and/or relevant sources. At least three in-text citations from different sources are required. The essay must be formatted in APA, including a title page, an annotated bibliography (in place of a references page), page headers, document headers, one-inch page margins, and be double-spaced using Times New Roman 12-point font.


Components         % of Grade

Analysis and use of course concepts              30%

Organization and coherence            30%

Style and mechanics          20%

APA Style (citations, references, formatting)               20%

TOTAL    100%



Informative Essay Rubric

  Below Standard Approaching Standard At Standard Exceeds Standard
DAS-U-Analysis and use of course concepts Points Range:0 (0%) – 17.25 (17.25%)• Does not attempt to explain how the evidence relates to topic • Superficial and poorly developed analysis • Little or no connections are made to course concepts • Uses few sources, may misunderstand them, and lacks critical thinking • No or minimal scholarly references Points Range:17.25 (17.25%) – 22.87 (22.87%)• Analysis of the evidence stretches its meaning to support topic • Some new ideas and insight, but lacks depth and detail • Incorporates some course concepts, but accuracy and development are not consistent • Shows basic understanding of sources but does not critically evaluate them • Incorporates few or no scholarly references Points Range:22.88 (22.88%) – 28.12 (28.12%)• Analysis explains how the evidence supports the topic in most cases • Analysis reflects insight but is not fully developed • Incorporates many course concepts but sometimes does not develop them • Shows careful reading of sources but little or no critical evaluation • Incorporates adequate or minimum number of scholarly references to support analysis Points Range:28.12 (28.12%) – 30 (30%)• Analysis shows a strong relationship between the evidence and the topic • Analysis is insightful and original • Incorporates course concepts accurately, consistently, and frequently • Critically evaluates sources • Incorporates numerous or more than the minimum number of scholarly references required to support analysis
DAS-U-Style and mechanics Points Range:0 (0%) – 11.5 (11.5%)• Contains spelling, punctuation, and/or grammatical errors, so understanding is difficult • Contains numerous awkward or ungrammatical sentences, and sentence structure is simple or monotonous • Misuses words, or uses words that are too vague and abstract or too personal and specific for the topic Points Range:11.5 (11.5%) – 15.25 (15.25%)• Contains spelling, punctuation, and/or grammatical errors which may temporarily confuse the reader, but does not generally impede the overall understanding • Sentence structure generally correct but may be wordy, unfocused, repetitive, or confusing • Uses relatively vague or general words and sometimes inappropriate words Points Range:15.25 (15.25%) – 18.75 (18.75%)• Contains spelling, punctuation, and/or grammatical errors, but does not impede understanding • Sentences generally clear, well structured, and focused, but some may be awkward or ineffective • Generally uses words accurately and effectively, but sometimes may be too general Points Range:18.75 (18.75%) – 20 (20%)• Almost entirely free of spelling, punctuation, and/or grammatical errors • Sentences are varied, clearly structured, carefully focused, and fits assignment’s purpose and audience • Words chosen for their precise meaning and an appropriate level of specificity are used
DAS-U-Organization and coherence Points Range:0 (0%) – 17.25 (17.25%)• Is unclear with no or minimal organization, so ideas appear to be arranged in a random order • Few or inappropriate transitions between paragraphs, and ideas are not developed clearly • Does not appropriately respond to the assignment Points Range:17.25 (17.25%) – 22.87 (22.87%)• Minimal organization so ideas appear as a list • Transitions between ideas are minimal, and development of ideas may lack coherence • Not all aspects of the assignment are addressed Points Range:22.88 (22.88%) – 28.12 (28.12%)• Follows a logical organization • Ideas are developed but not all pertain directly to the topic • Topic is communicated clearly but not completely, and most or all aspects of the assignment are addressed Points Range:28.12 (28.12%) – 30 (30%)• Uses logical structure with introduction, body, and conclusion • Sophisticated development of one idea to another, and reader is guided through the progression of ideas • Clearly communicated topic, and all aspects of assignment are addressed
APA Style (citations, references, formatting) Points Range:0 (0%) – 11.5 (11.5%)• Does not use in-text citations or reference credible sources to support ideas • Does not apply APA document formatting Points Range:11.5 (11.5%) – 15.25 (15.25%)• Attempts to use in-text citations and reference credible sources to support ideas • Does not apply APA document formatting consistently but some attempt is made with some errors Points Range:15.25 (15.25%) – 18.75 (18.75%)• Almost always uses in-text citations and references credible sources to support ideas • Consistently applies APA document formatting but may include a few errors Points Range:18.75 (18.75%) – 20 (20%)• Always uses in-text citations and references credible sources to support ideas • Flawlessly uses APA document formatting with minor errors


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