Applied Ordinary Theology
Using Groome's five questions for theological reflection as your basis for a case analysis, work through the theological implications for a group deciding whether or not to participate in an act of civil disobedience.
The paper shows exceptional understanding of relevant terms and concepts and develops ideas even further through thoughtful engagement. The student shows great facility with the use of major concepts as they apply to the case analysis.
Terms and concepts are expressed clearly and used correctly. The student shows facility with the use of major concepts as they apply to the case analysis.
Terms and concepts are either not defined or not used correctly. The student only vaguely applies major concepts as they apply to the case analysis.
Terms and concepts are neither defined nor used correctly. The students shows a misunderstandings of the major concepts as they apply to the case analysis.
Organization & Coherence
The paper is clearly organized, and moves through all five questions of Groome's theological reflection so that the reader can identify at any given point which question is the focus. The organization is made evident through effective use of headings as well as clear topic sentences and transitions.
The paper is well organized and moves through all five questions of Groome's theological reflection. The organization is reflected in headings, but may benefit from transition sentences or clear topic sentences once or twice.
The paper is loosely organized. While it covers all five questions of Groome's theological reflection, those questions may blur together more than is helpful for the reader. The organization lacks clear topic sentences and transition sentences, which may make it a challenge to follow at times.
The paper is poorly organized and has little clarity. One or more of the five questions of Groome's theological reflection are missing or difficult to find in the paper. This paper may read more like a "stream of consciousness" than an organized essay.
The student is able to creatively and insightfully draw on the best of her/his own faith tradition as it relates to this case analysis. The student thoughtfully draws on one or more of the following resources: scripture, shared stories of faith (including testimony), books (including fiction), song (including spirituals, hymns, hip hop), or other media (including film, youtube video, spoken word, artwork) which shed light on the case analysis from a theological perspective.
The student shows creativity and insight as s/he attempts to draw on the best of her/his faith tradition as it relates to this case analysis (see examples at left); but does not fully develop the implications for its applicability to theological reflection.
The student either shows little to no creativity or does not provide insight as s/he attempts to draw on the best of her/his own faith tradition as it relates to this case analysis (see examples at left); perhaps using proof-texting or not developing the implications for applicability to theological reflection.
The student fails to show either creativity or insight in her/his theological analysis, drawing on none of the resources from her/his faith tradition in the development of her/his ideas.
Form (Grammar, spelling, citations)
Error free (or very nearly error free) with regard to rules of grammar and spelling.
Proper citations are used following Turabian, 7th edition.
Language is clear and presice; sentences display consistently strong, varied structure.
Rules of grammar, usage, and punctuation are usually followed; spelling is correct.
Proper citations are used.
Language is usually clear and precise; sentences usually display consistently strong, varied structure.
Paper contains several grammatical, punctuation and spelling errors.
Proper citations are used most, but not all of the time.
Language lacks clarity or focus.
Paper contains numerous grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors.
Proper citations are not used.
Language fails to adequately communicate main ideas.