communication of ideas.

Introduction to Personality: Personality Theory Paper Grading Rubric

Final Paper Submission Checklist

_____APA format title page

_____Theory paper has 15 content pages plus a title page and reference list

_____APA style in-text citations

_____APA style reference list with minimum of 10 scholarly journal sources

Grading Rubric (NOTE: 10 points may be deducted from the final grade for lack of submitting journal sources)

Purpose Does the paper address the topic in a clear, integrated fashion?

25 pts Has a unified, strong awareness of task; thesis is clear and integrated throughout the paper.

20 pts Has a central topic with a thesis which is integrated in the paper.

15 pts Has a main point with regard to one overall topic that is mostly evident in the paper.

10 pts Has a single topic identified but there is little integration throughout paper.

5 pts Has minimal evidence of the overall topic and no central idea/thesis.

Coherence Is the paper appropriately organized? Headings and sub-headings may be helpful.

25 pts Has a sophisticated arrangement of the content into clearly developed paragraphs with strong transitions and internal coherence.

20 pts Has clear arrangement of content into paragraphs that follow and support the purpose; for most part transitions and internal coherence is sound.

15 pts Has adequate arrangement of content into paragraphs following the main idea; transitions and coherence are adequate.

10 pts Has simple or confused arrangement of content; paragraphs do not establish a logical organization; transitions are poor.

5 pts Minimal organization of content into paragraphs without transitions.

Content Does the content present a synthesized theory?

25 pts Has specific and/or illustrative content articulating assumptions of the theory as drawn from relevant literature; paraphrasing, quoting and summarizing are

skillful, seamlessly integrated into the paper, and cited completely and clearly; a complex argument that provides for testable hypotheses is evident.

20 pts Contains well-developed content supported by appropriate, useful details developing the thesis; paraphrasing, quoting and summarizing are skillful, integrated into the paper, and properly cited.

15 pts Has sufficiently developed content with adequate use of details related to the main idea; paraphrasing, quoting and summarizing are obvious, appropriate and cited; addressing assumptions and testable hypotheses is recognized but does not necessarily support the overall theory.

10 pts Contains limited content; not all details are related to main ideas; paraphrasing, quoting and summarizing is appropriate but is disjointed and disconnected from the text; citations are appropriate but may not be clear or complete; simplified theory development; no development of assumptions or testable hypotheses.

5 pts Few or no details specific to a main idea present; no explanation of details as they’ relate to topic; paraphrasing, quoting and summarizing are off task and not integrated nor cited properly; no theory development.

Style How is the theory written? Is it compelling with an obvious audience?

10 pts Written with wide-ranging sentence and paragraph structures and appropriate verb usage; precise and appropriate choices in language; meticulous attention to cohesiveness and organization.

8 pts Contains diverse sentence and paragraph structures and verb usage; careful and appropriate choices in language; careful attention to cohesiveness and organization.

6 pts Has adequate sentence and paragraph structures and verb usage; appropriate choices in language; adequate attention to cohesiveness and organization.

4 pts Writing displays limited sentence and paragraph structures and verb usage; unfitting, disjointed and/or distracting choices in language; inadequate attention to cohesiveness and organization.

2 pts Little or no evidence of attention paid to sentence and paragraph structures and verb usage; inadequate choices in language; no apparent attention to cohesiveness and organization.

Mechanics Is the paper written in conventional, formal writing with proper grammar, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation?

10 pts Recognizes mechanics as part of communication; none or only a few errors in grammar, spelling or sentence usage.

8 pts Contains few errors in grammar, spelling, and usage which part do not interfere with communication

6 pts Has repetitive errors in grammar, spelling, and usage that do not interfere with overall communication of ideas.

4 pts Has repetitive errors in grammar, spelling, and usage that somewhat interfere with communication.

2 pts Errors in grammar, spelling, and usage interfere with communication.

APA Are the in-text and reference list citations done correctly?

5 pts Both the in-text and reference list citations are done correctly including 100% accuracy between content and reference list. All formatting is correct including title page, body of the paper, and reference list.

4 pts APA formatting is basically correct with only minor format errors that do not interfere with the reader’s ability to identify source material and follow development of the ideas in the paper.

3pts More significant, consistent format errors that do not interfere with the reader’s ability to identify source material and follow development of the ideas in the paper. Lacks title page.

2pts Lack of agreement or content not cited correctly impacts the reader’s ability to identify source material and follow development of the ideas in the paper.

1 pts Overall lack of APA formatting.

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