Introduction to Philosophy FA '12 @ Cortland College

Short Essay Rubric

Grade Description
A

Mastery of material and argumentation.  Essay fulfills all components of the assignment and shows strong understanding of the terms, concepts, and arguments introduced in readings and lecture (as needed for the particular topic), as well as fully-developed critical thinking skills, essay structure, and clear writing.

B

Mastery of basics of material and argumentation.  Essay fulfills all components of the assignment and demonstrates a strong basic understanding of the terms, concepts, and arguments introduced in readings and lecture.  Essay also demonstrates good critical thinking skills and clear writing.  Essay may be underdeveloped on more complex concepts and arguments or have some weak argumentative ties, but is overall convincing and factually correct.

C

Basic understanding of material, but problems with more complex ideas and argumentation.  Essay fulfills most components of the assignment, but uses basic concepts and ideas from readings and lecture, but may show misunderstanding of more advanced ideas or, if the essay shows understanding of advanced ideas, there are one or more severe argumentative flaws.

D

Problems with basic understanding of material and argumentation, but demonstrates effort.  Essay fails to fulfill most of the requirements of the prompt either from misunderstanding of the prompt or due to major misunderstandings of the text, central concepts of the course, or both.  If essay shows basic understanding of material, the essay has multiple severe argumentative flaws that make the argument of the essay largely incomprehensible.

E

No Essay, Essay is off-topic, or Essay does not address any issues raised in the Writing Prompt.

Additional:

minus two-thirds of a letter grade: Essay contains severe grammatical issues that demonstrate lack of proofreading.

minus one letter grade: Essay is three or less days late; - one letter grade for each additional day late