Primary and secondary source material is awkwardly placed or not coherently integrated into paper. LITERACY: Sources are inappropriate (dubious web page quality, lack of Library materials, insufficient number of sources, outdated or irrelevant sources) for college-level research. SENTENCES: Vague, wordy, confusing, or incomplete sentences. MECHANICS: Numerous distracting errors; nonstandard English. MLA: Parenthetical citations are frequently absent or inaccurate; Works Cited page is missing or incomprehensible; many errors or omissions in content and formatting of entries. DEVELOPMENT: Seriously and consistently illogical and/or predicated on false premises. Or, not original—may be an un-cited summary of print or online study material (e.g., , paper mill resource, or essay written by another student or writer). LITERACY: No research done or obviously inappropriate sources used.
DEVELOPMENT: Severely underdeveloped; poor sense of paragraphs: paragraphs overly long or short, arbitrarily or illogically ordered, incoherent or not unified; lack of support for ideas; lack of concrete detail; irrelevancies, redundancies, oversimplifications, filler. Source material is accidentally or intentionally plagiarized (quotations marks not used, insufficient paraphrases); research does not support student’s argument; research is not reflected upon or interpreted. Plagiarism; utter lack of argument; lack of detail; absence of interpretation, synthesis, or analysis.
The A paper is an outstanding performance; it may exceed the expectations of the assignment.
Choice of topic and thesis is appropriate to the nature of the assignment. THESIS: Focus or controlling idea relevant to assigned topic; may be overly general or not closely linked to content of essay.