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Rereading American Culture Grading Sheet

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Thoroughly, Effectively


Sufficiently, Satisfactorily


Adequately, Passably

Not Acceptable

Incompletely, Ineffectively


Essay Focus Specific research problem is clearly stated. Thesis is engaging and clear. Specific research problem is stated. Thesis is effective. Research problem is vague, too general, or not clearly defined. Thesis is partially complete. Research problem is not defined. Thesis is unclear, or there is no thesis.  
Effectiveness of Content Clearly investigates an aspect of American culture through informed exploration of the research problem. Thesis is well supported. Investigation of culture is mostly clear. Research problem is explored, and thesis is adequately supported. Investigation is somewhat clear. Research problem is not fully explored; thesis only partially supported. Investigation is underdeveloped. Not enough research has been completed to address the research problem.  
Organization Excellent organization and smooth transitions between ideas. Appropriate format. Clear organization with appropriate, easy to follow transitions. Appropriate format. Organization is unclear. Transitions may be difficult to follow. Adequate format. Little to no organization. Ideas are hard to follow. Inappropriate format.  
Style and Voice Your own academic voice is evident and makes the paper engaging. Paper reads well with a developing individual style and voice. Voice and style are partially academic but contains ordinary and bland language. Lacks individual style and voice. Voice and style are inappropriate for essay.  
Use of Sources Quotes and sources are well integrated and flow naturally with the author’s individual style and voice. Most sources are well integrated and do not disrupt the flow of the essay. Some sources seem out of place or not completely relevant and sometimes disrupt the flow of the essay. Sources are irrelevant and detract from the content.  
Documenting All sources are included in the Works Cited page and correct in-text documentation is used. Partial effort to cite sources in Works Cited page and in-text. Includes a Works Cited page that lacks academic effort. In-text citations may be missing or inadequate. Does not include a Works Cited page. In-text citations are sloppy or lacking.  
Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling Advanced traditional grammar and mechanics. Few editing errors. Surface errors are infrequent and do not detract from meaning and readability. Surface errors are present. Some sentences may be awkward. May not have been proofread. Frequent surface errors detract from meaning and readability. Some sentences are poorly structured.  

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