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Rubric for Senior Capstone Final Paper

Final Bound copy due on Monday, March 26, 2012 - NO EXCEPTIONS!

 

Area

Criteria Description

Max Points

Example High Score

Example Middle Score

 

Example Low Score

Points Earned

Paper is a Research Thesis not a Report

30 available

       
 

This is, perhaps, the single most important standard on

30

30

= The research paper

There is very little room for the middle ground; well-defended thesis papers should receive a 30, why reports (no matter how well written) should receive a 0.

0

= The research paper

 

the rubric. In essence, this paper must be a thesis that shows that researched materials support one or two well-articulated hypothesis(es). This is not a report where students write “research” (find information about)

is a thesis paper. It makes a claim and then it substantiates the claim in an orderly and logical fashion. Evidences are

is a report. It may be well written, but it simply presents information about a topic without critical analysis and a logical defense.

a topic and then report back what they have found. It is

a research/thesis paper where they were to first develop

 

questions to be answered, then construct hypothesis(es), followed by researching evidences, data, or by running experiments, and culminating in a well- defended thesis. The differences between a simple report (a restatement of uncovered information) and a thesis (a convincing written example of higher-order thinking and analysis as it is applied to a question, problem, or discovery) is one of the most important

given and information is compared and critiqued.

   

concepts emphasized in Capstone. It is not easy to articulate the differences between a thesis and a report

in

a short rubric description, but advisors should be

confident that this topic was covered, discussed, and demonstrated throughout the Capstone course.

Work Consistency and Advisor Collaboration

30 available

 

Final paper turned in by the due date having already been reviewed and approved by the advisor. In other words, when the final paper was handed in, the advisor had been given adequate time to review it and complete the half-sheet evaluation.

10

10

= I was given the final

5

= I was given the final

0

= I was not given

 

paper with ample time to

paper just in a nick of time, and felt pressured to get it reviewed so that it could be turned in on time.

enough time to review

review it and complete the form without feeling pressured.

the paper, or I never even saw it.

 

The student should have been working on the paper steadily and consistently all semester. This would be evident to the advisor by the number of student-initiated meetings and or communications. This rubric item assesses, then, student’s approach to writing with the aid of their selected advisor over the course of the semester. Advisors, ask yourself this: Knowing that Mr. Evans lectured on and even begged for students to write and communicate assignment standards, did your student always communicate these on a weekly basis?

20

20

= The student

10 = For most weeks, the student waited until the end of the week (Friday) to hand in work giving little or no time for adviser input.

= The student rarely, if ever, contacted their advisor. Any meetings that did occur, only happened when the student was desperate for a deadline or signature. The advisor/advisee relationship was excuses and blame shifting.

0

NOTE: This is to be graded by the advisor. Graders, leave this blank!

initiated, scheduled and kept 2 to 3 regular weekly meetings during this past month to show writing progress and seek advice. The student was delightfully mature and self- initiating.

Paper Mechanics

90 available

 

A

spiral bound paper with plastic cover pages

5

5

= Exactly as described

3

= Stapled and neat or

0

= A stack of loose

 

included

missing an element or an element out of place.

pages was handed in.

Title Page The Paper (an index was optional but encouraged)

One or more missing elements.

Sources/Resources/Bibliography

 

Assignment Number 2: The Thesis. Appendices where necessary (optional) Citation Sampler with both in-text and source style examples so that the grader knows how to evaluate citation style.

 

A

title page including all relevant details should start the

5

5

= All elements:

 

0

= No title page

 

paper. Additional information is okay so long as you do not think the student is going overboard.

Course name Paper Title (subtitles are fine too) “Capstone” is NOT a title! Student's name Advisor's name Capstone teacher Due date

 
 

Abstract is well written. Thesis statement is bold within the abstract. The abstract provides an adequate summary of why the topic is important, what they were seeking to find and the end result.

10

10

= All elements are

 

0

= There is no abstract.

 

present.

 
 

Format is consistent throughout. The student idented paragraphs and has no extra spacing after each paragraph. The paper is double-spaced throughout, in 12 point Times New Roman font with 1 inch (2.5 cm margins) and printed on A4 paper. (Footnotes may be as small as 10 point font.)

10

10

= style is consistent

 

0

= Style is either a

 

throughout.

hybrid or inconsistent throughout.

 

Spelling

 

10

10

= I found no spelling

 

= The paper was full of spelling errors. The student could not possibly have even opened the spell checker function!

0

 

mistakes.

 

Grammar

 

20

20

= I found no

 

= The paper was full of grammar errors. The student could not possibly have even opened the grammar checker function!

0

 

grammatical mistakes.

 

The capstone paper is to be of sufficient length to adequately cover the chosen topic, and should be a minimum length of 3000 words (not including text in charts, graphs, citations, the source listings and such). This will put most papers in the range of 10 - 11 full length pages of prose alone if absolutely no graphics are included, and then go up from there. Count the words on an average page and multiply by the number

of pages. If it is close, give the benefit of the doubt to the student. Asking the student for an electronic copy

 

30

30

= 3000 - 4000 words.

 

point deducted for each 100 words under 3000 or for each 100 words over 4000.

2

Do not exceed 30 points.

in

a word processor format (not PDF) may also help with

counting should you feel that it is necessary to do so. Papers also have a maximum size, they should not exceed 4000 words.

Data and Calculations

0 to a max of 10

 
 

Data, when needed, were arranged in tables.

5

or NA

5

= Yes, always

 

0

= No, necessary data

 

were not presented at all

 

Calculations and derivations were clearly presented and easy to follow when necessary to support a point

5

or NA

5

= Yes, always

 

0

= No, necessary

 

equations were not presented even when needed

Illustrations, Charts and Graphs

10 available

 
 

All illustrations, schematics, diagrams, plans, charts and graphs that were needed were present. These graphic elements were logically placed near the concept being written about. The elements were explained and understandable. A synergy exists between the textual and graphical content of the paper, one enhancing the comprehensibility of the other. The prose is aided and enhanced by necessary graphics. No superfluous pictures, illustrations, charts or graphs were added as fluff.

 

10

10

= Yes, always

 

0

= Graphics were never

 

employed to clarify and explain, and when

graphics were used, they were unnecessary

Paper’s structure

60 available

 
 

Paper included a well-defined thesis statement that introduced the subject and establishes the thesis and document plan.

 

5

5

= Yes

 

0

= No

 

The thesis paper follows the original plan, that is, it follows the plan and goals laid out at the beginning of the semester. Did the students research the topic that they said that they would research? Students

sometimes modify their papers to follow a different topic, but this is not permitted. You will need to refer to

 

20

20

= The research paper

 

0

= The student

 

follows the research plan and goals laid out earlier in the semester.

completely dropped the

original research idea and pursued another topic.

a

document that should be attached in the appendices.

 

Do not grade this rubric item based on whether or not the original assignment is attached; that's handled later

in

the rubric section, "Attachments in the Appendices".

 

The paper uses language that is professional and understandable. The paper avoids the use of “I”, “me”, “you” and other such personal language. Vocabulary is on par with a senior-level, academic capstone paper.

 

10

10

= Yes, always

 

0

= The paper is full of

 

personal, non-academic language and the vocabulary is either concocted from an overused thesaurus or is

 

simple and childish

 

The central purpose of the paper is always apparent to the reader and the paper logically follows an obvious outline. The ideas are arranged logically and the paper flows smoothly. One idea is clearly linked to the next.

 

10

10

= The paper always

 

0

= The paper meanders

 

stays on task

aimlessly and it is apparent that no outline was ever used

 

Relevant and legitimate (scholarly) examples clearly support the central thesis. The text provides clear and detailed evidence for all claims.

 

10

10

= The thesis is

 

0

= The paper is mostly

 

supported by well- researched and presented supporting information

opinion and

unsupported assertions

 

The writing is interesting and hooks the reader. It sustains interest throughout.

 

5

= This paper really grabbed me

5

 

0

= Boring and

 

completely flat. I could barely finish it.

Citations and Sources

60 available

 

References are primarily peer-reviewed professional journals where possible ). Consider the resources that the Internet has to offer. Did the student choose wisely from the Internet and other available materials?

10

10

= Excellent,

 

0

= The sources were

academic or professional resources were researched and cited

highly suspect and should not have been a trusted source of information

 

Quoted text is rarely done and only when the text is quoted for historic or artistic value

5

5

= No quoted text was

 

0

= The student

used or when it was used, the text itself was intrinsically quote- worthy

copied/pasted then quoted large blocks of text just to avoid writing.

 

All ideas that are not commonly known to humanity in general and therefore represent the ideas of a source, need to be cited!!! It is plagiarism if sentences from a source are word-replaced/modified. It is plagiarism if ideas are not credited. Frankly, the paper should be CHOCK FULL OF CITATIONS!!!

10

10

= The paper is full of

 

0

= Citations were rarely

citations

used or were used as an afterthought to satisfy a requirement for citations. Ideas that were clearly not the student’s were not cited.

 

Citations should be correctly formatted. This depends on the style chosen by the student in conjunction with his/her advisor. Advisors were to be consulted on this issue.

5

5

= There are many

 

0

= Citations do not

styles out there, the student always used the correct style.

follow the style that we

agreed upon.

 

Sources are correctly formatted. This depends on the style chosen by the student in conjunction with his/her advisor. Advisors were to be consulted on this issue.

5

5

= Same as above, the

 

0

= The Source page is

style follows what the student agreed to do.

not formatted as agreed upon.

 

All sources are real. Do a spot check of a few of the listed web sources to make sure that they are real and that the information cited came from there.

5

= All sources check out

5

There is no middle ground here.

A bad source is not a zero, it is academic dishonestly. Report instances of academic dishonesty to the Capstone teacher.

 

A

significant number of academic sources was

20

12

or more: 20-points

employed.

9

- 11: 15-points

 

6

- 8: 10 points

3

- 5: 5-points

0

- 2: 0 points

Attachments in the Appendices

20 available

 

Attached a copy of the original assignment describing the thesis topic (Week 10) in detail. This should be the LAST section at the BACK of the paper.

10

10

= copy attached.

 

0

= Copy was not

 

attached, had to go ask

for it.

It would be difficult to evaluate the paper as to whether

a student did what they said they would in the absence

of

this attachment. If it is missing, you may want to

mark the paper down AND go see the capstone teacher

for advice or input.

 

Attached a copy of the citation styles sampler that informs the advisor as to the standard (MLA, APA, or Chicago) and how the sources and citations should be formatted.

10

10

= copy attached.

 

0

= Copy was not

 

attached, had to go ask

for it.

Total Points Available (will vary from 300 to 310):

 

Total Points Awarded: