P.A.C.E. Research Paper Scoring Guide: MASTER DRAFT Name: _______________________________________________________________________________ Teacher: ____________________________________ Period: _____ GRADE: __ 16 / A __ 15 / A __ 14 / A- CONTENT __ 13 / B+ __ 12 / B __ 11 / B- ORGANIZATION 4 o Narrowly focuses on a single topic o Develops topic with relevant concrete details from the sources o Uses commentary seamlessly and accurately to expand on concrete details o Balanced, thorough development 4 o Introduction provides clear direction with clear thesis o Sections/paragraphs logically build on introduction/thesis statement o Transitions are seamless, clear and logical o Conclusion demonstrates understanding of subject without restating the introduction 3 o Less narrow focus o Develops topic with relevant but heavy reliance on concrete details from sources o Commentary may be awkward or forced, but accurately develops information o Mostly balanced, adequate development; some sections may be significantly better than others 3 o Introduction provides a clear direction, but thesis may be under or over developed o Sections/paragraphs clearly fit intro/thesis, but development does not build ideas o Some transitions may be awkward or forced o Conclusion finishes paper by summarizing, without restating the introduction 2 o Broad scope of topic o Develops topic with marginally relevant concrete details; heavy reliance on sources o Commentary may be simplistic, minimal, and/or repetitious of sources o Balanced but minimal development; several underdeveloped paragraphs 2 o Introduction is formulaic, thesis may only provide adequate direction o Sections/paragraphs fit topic in a general way, or the focus may wander or appear unrelated at times o Transitions may be formulaic or abrupt, but are usually present o Conclusion simply restates introduction 1 Lacks clear focus of subject matter Underdeveloped Inadequate/unsubstantiated commentary Paragraphs lack balance and/or connection 1 o Introduction does not state paper’s direction, thesis statement unclear and ineffective o Sections/paragraphs lack focus o Transitions connecting paragraphs are missing and/or ineffective o Conclusion is indistinct and/or ineffective o o o o __ 10 / C+ __ 9 / C __ 8 / C- SOURCES __ 7-0 or a 1 in any column / NOT YET CONVENTIONS 4 o MLA documentation correct; each citation has an exact match on the Works Cited page o Research is relevant; integrated into text and often blended with the writer’s commentary o 8+ extensive scholarly/academic sources; all internet----sources are legitimate sources of solid, useful information o Interview used 4+ times throughout the paper 3 o MLA documentation format may have minimal but consistent errors; each citation still has an exact match in the Works Cited o Research relevant; integrated into paragraphs but not blended with commentary, no leads o 5-7 extensive academic sources; Most ---------- Internet sources are relevant and -------- --------somewhat-useful. A few may contain _______ _- inaccurate information o Interview used 3 times throughout the paper 2 o Random MLA documentation format; 1 minor source may not correspond with Works Cited o Research is not extensive; formulaic use of sources/heavy reliance on a few sources o 5 academic sources; Internet sources are -------questionable and offer-little relevant and -------often inaccurate-information about the topic o Includes interview at least once but lacks significant connection or may be specific to just one paragraph/section 4 o Few or no errors in usage, punctuation, capitalization and spelling o Effective use of sentence variety; complex, compound sentences throughout o Correct use of mature, elevated vocabulary o Excellent readability; unobtrusive errors o In-text citation properly formatted including all punctuation 3 o Few errors in punctuation, capitalization and spelling; some noticeable usage errors o Occasional use of sentence variety; a few complex, compound sentences throughout o Correct use of vocabulary o Good readability; a few noticeable errors o In-text citation may contain a few errors, but mostly correct throughout 1 o Incorrect MLA documentation format o Citations do not match Works Cited o Cited research inappropriate or irrelevant o Fewer than 5 sources o No interview o Internet sources are not acceptable sources ----with irrelevant and inaccurate information. ----These sites include but are not limited to--------Wikipedia, ask.com, buzzle, ehow etc… 1 o 6+ errors on 2+ pages, including capitalization, punctuation, spelling and contractions o 2+ fragments and/or run-ons on 2+ pages o Consistent misuse of vocabulary, including first person (I/you/we/our) more than once o Lacks readability; difficult to understand o In-text citation is incorrectly formatted 2 o Errors in punctuation, capitalization, spelling or usage (4-5 different errors per page) o Little or no sentence variety; simple sentences throughout o Correct use of simple vocabulary o Adequate readability; communicates with consistent noticeable errors o In-text citation have multiple but consistent errors A “1” in any column earns an automatic NOT YET. The English teacher’s grade stands and/or improves ONLY when the Master Draft is successfully completed.