Reactive Heritability

Research Paper Grading Rubric
Name: Course: Date:
(The Psychology Department at San José State University is acknowledged for the basic structure of this form.)
CATEGORY Unacceptable
(Below Standards)
Acceptable
(Meets Standards)
Good
(Occasionally Exceeds)
Excellent
(Exceeds Standards)
SCORE
Introduction
Does not
adequately convey
topic. Does not
describe subtopics
to be reviewed.
Lacks adequate
theses statement.
Conveys topic, but
not key
question(s).
Describes
subtopics to be
reviewed. General
theses statement.
Conveys topic and
key question(s).
Clearly delineates
subtopics to be
reviewed. General
thesis statement.
Strong
introduction of
topic’s key
question(s), terms.
Clearly delineates
subtopics to be
reviewed. Specific
thesis statement.
5 points
Focus &
Sequencing
Little evidence
material is
logically organized
into topic,
subtopics or
related to topic.
Many transitions
are unclear or
nonexistent.
Most material
clearly related to
subtopic, main
topic. Material
may not be
organized within
subtopics.
Attempts to
provide variety of
transitions
All material clearly
related to subtopic,
main topic and
logically organized
within subtopics.
Clear, varied
transitions linking
subtopics, and main
topic.
All material clearly
related to subtopic,
main topic. Strong
organization and
integration of
material within
subtopics. Strong
transitions linking
subtopics, and
main topic.
15 points
Support
Few sources
supporting thesis.
Sources
insignificant or
unsubstantiated.
Sources generally
acceptable but not
peer-reviewed
research
(evidence) based.
Sources well selected
to support thesis with
some research in
support of thesis.
Strong peerreviewed
research
based support for
thesis.
15 points
Conclusion
Does not
summarize
evidence with
respect to thesis
statement.
Does not discuss
the impact of
researched
material on topic.
Review of key
conclusions.
Some integration
with thesis
statement.
Discusses impact
of researched
material on topic.
Strong review of key
conclusions. Strong
integration with thesis
statement. Discusses
impact of researched
material on topic.
Strong review of
key conclusions.
Strong integration
with thesis
statement.
Insightful
discussion of
impact of the
researched
material on topic.
5 points
Grammar &
Mechanics
Grammatical
errors or spelling
& punctuation
substantially
detract from the
paper.
Very few
grammatical,
spelling or
punctuation errors
interfere with
reading the paper.
Grammatical errors
or spelling &
punctuation are rare
and do not detract
from the paper.
The paper is free
of grammatical
errors and spelling
& punctuation.
20 points
APA Style &
Communication
Errors in APA
style detract
substantially from
the paper.
Word choice is
informal in tone.
Writing is choppy,
with many
awkward or
unclear passages.
Errors in APA
style are
noticeable. Word
choice
occasionally
informal in tone.
Writing has a few
awkward or
unclear passages.
Rare errors in APA
style that do not
detract from the
paper. Scholarly
style. Writing has
minimal awkward of
unclear passages.
No errors in APA
style. Scholarly
style. Writing is
flowing and easy
to follow.
20 points
Citations &
References
Reference and
citation errors
detract
significantly from
paper.
Two references or
citations missing
or incorrectly
written.
One reference or
citations missing or
incorrectly written.
All references and
citations are
correctly written
and present.
20 points
Total Points:
APA Errors
APA MAJOR errors:
_____ APA Reference errors: (ABC order, 1:1 reference/citation)
_____ APA Punctuation and Capitalization errors
_____ APA Citation errors: (incorrect author order, incorrect et al. usage)
_____ Title Page (Header, Spacing, Contents, etc.)
_____ APA numbers
_____ APA Verb problems: (verb tense, verb-subject-article agreement)
_____ Pronoun errors: (which, that, who, whom)
_____ Format errors: (incorrect line, letter, word spacing, pagination)
_____ Use of Abbreviations or numerals to start sentences
_____ Undefined abbreviations
_____ Non professional writing/tone
_____ Lack of empirical evidence for points made
_____ Other:___________________________
APA Minor errors:
_____ Wrong font/wrong size font/wrong color font
_____ Inappropriate use of a secondary source (lack of “cited in…)
_____ Inappropriate use of personal pronouns, excessive abbreviations
_____ Occasional problems with hanging indents
_____ Using ampersands in text
_____ Other:___________________________