An unclear, poorly written thesis statement would earn a zero in this category, while a clearly written, engaging, and well-thought-out thesis statement would earn a three.
Imagine reading this lesson, but instead of headings, transitions, and a progression of ideas, you were instead presented with random facts all over the place with no clear organization.
If you were writing a paper about a war, you wouldn't first start with a major battle, jump back to the causes of the war, jump forward to the outcome of the war, and jump back to explain who was fighting. Any topic you could write about can be clearly organized into a natural progression of ideas and facts.
The example mentioned above would earn a zero in this category on the rubric.
A paper with a clear organizational style, good use of transitions, and natural progression of ideas would earn a three.
It is in this grading category that a research paper becomes different from other kinds of essays.The convention of a rubric is often the easiest to grade, as it is merely looking at how many spelling, formatting, and grammatical errors the author made in the paper.Usually, this section of the rubric will have a clearly defined number of errors for each level of scoring.It would probably be impossible to read and understand.Research papers need to be similarly organized clearly.Rubrics generally use several distinct categories which break down assessment into smaller chunks.The example rubric detailed in this lesson will use 5 categories.Because a thesis statement is such an important part of an essay or paper, it often gets its own scoring category on a rubric.For our example rubric, the category 'Thesis Statement' covers this.When grading a research paper, if the author has clearly reinforced all of their claims with sources, they would earn a three in this category.If the author makes many claims that do not have sources, they would obviously earn a lower score, all the way down to zero.