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Article Summary

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Rubric Code: C4B39A
A rubric for evaluating summaries of articles.
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Categories: Subjects: Social Sciences  
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  Unacceptable
0 pts
Below Standards
2 pts
Satisfactory
3 pts
Outstanding
4 pts
Mechanics
30 %
Format
1 pts
Unacceptable

Ignores most course guidelines for format and most conventions for formatting academic papers. Omits all citations and references or uses a style that makes checking references inordinately difficult or impossible.
Below Standards

Ignores many minor guidelines or at least two major ones (such as margins, title page, or page numbers); major errors in citations and references; does not use author-date system.
Satisfactory

Ignores a few minor guidelines, such as putting the course and date on the title page; citations may have some minor errors.
Outstanding

Follows all course guidelines and common conventions; correctly implements citation style prescribed in course style guidelines
Writing and Clarity
1 pts General quality of writing and clarity or presentation
Unacceptable

Incomprehensible; poor application of literary skill; disregards basic conventions of educated English usage; inappropriate use of language; disjointed; careless.
Below Standards

OK, but not well presented in a scholarly manner; violates basic grammatical or stylistic conventions; excessive nominalization inhibits clarity.
Satisfactory

Readable and clear transmission of message. Easy to understand, with precise communication of meaning. May have some minor grammatical or stylistic errors.
Outstanding

Well written; unambiguous meanings; vivid imagery; polished. Adept and sophisticated use of language without being strained and seeming more designed to impress than to communicate.
Organization
1 pts Clarity of organization and presentation
Unacceptable

Minimally put together; weak job of integration; incoherent or without logical flow.
Below Standards

Covers main points; adequate organization; not altogether clear.
Satisfactory

Logical and well argued; a good synthesis that is easy to follow.
Outstanding

Organization very good; original presentation; may make effective use of headings.
Sources
1 pts
Unacceptable

There is no source cited for the article or for references to other sources.
Below Standards

Sources are cited, but validity is questionable. Information provided is inadequate to verify source.
Satisfactory

Sources are cited with adequate information. However, the format does not conform to course guidelines and/or there are minor errors.
Outstanding

Sources are cited with complete information and in the format specified in Course Style Guidelines.
Choice of Article
25 %
Scholarly Quality
1 pts
Unacceptable

Does not use a scientific, scholarly article; source is from a newspaper, blog, or otherwise scientifically not reputable. Or, summary provides too little information about the source to determine its nature.
Below Standards

Source is reputable and deals with scientific, scholarly literature, but it is not a primary source.
Satisfactory

A reputable, scientific, primary, refereed source.
Outstanding

Besides being a reputable, primary, refereed source, the source is challenging in that it is of major scientific importance to the subject, involves exceptionally difficult material, is particularly complex, understanding it requires more than elementary knowledge, or comprehending it otherwise requires above-average knowledge and understanding.
Relevance
0 pts
Unacceptable

Article is not relevant to topic.
Below Standards

One must stretch considerably to connect the article to student's topic.
Satisfactory

Article is relevant to student's topic.
Outstanding

Article is very relevant to student's topic and is a significant work on the topic.
Quality of Summary
45 %
Knowledge
1 pts Knowledge of relevant material
Unacceptable

Inadequate; insufficient information provided; substantially off-topic.
little indication of knowledge of the subject.
Below Standards

Identifies or uses terms without evidence of understanding them or the interrelation of different aspects of the subject or different sides of important debates.
Satisfactory

Displays knowledge of the subject; good evidence of understanding.
Outstanding

High quality; logically sound; implications well covered; sensitive to nuances.
Accuracy and Understanding
2 pts
Unacceptable

Does not summarize the article in any meaningful way. Summary almost completely misunderstands the article, is extremely inaccurate, or reveals considerable misunderstanding of course material.
Below Standards

Summarizes the article but leaves major gaps in reader's understanding. Summary may have major inaccuracies or misunderstandings of subject.
Satisfactory

Summarizes the article fully, although the summary may be too detailed and pedantic, or understanding the summary may require excessive effort on the reader's part. Summary may have minor inaccuracies or misunderstandings of subject matter. Summary may betray lack of knowledge or misunderstanding of important material related to the student's topic, although not covered in this class.
Outstanding

Summary is comprehensive and insightful, yet concise.
Summary has no inaccuracies, misunderstandings, or glaring omissions..
Coverage
1 pts
Unacceptable

Summary does not identify main points of the article, lacks clarity to communicate them in any meaningful way to the reader, grossly misinterprets several of them, or does not make meaningfully discern between important and unimportant.
Below Standards

Summary misses important points of the article, lacks enough clarity to communicate their nature to the reader accurately, misinterprets one or more main points, or ascribes undue importance to minor or inconsequential points.
Satisfactory

Good discussion with most main points identified and summarized, or with all main points identified and summarized, albeit with some lack of clarity.
Outstanding

Excellent discussion with all main points clearly identified and summarized.
Critical Thought
0 pts This will be used in the future.
Unacceptable

Does not use knowledge of the subject or general scholarly knowledge to evaluate the article critically. Evaluation of the article reveals major misunderstandings of course material or elementary errors of logic and knowledge. Substitutes personal reaction for critical thought. Avoids commonly debated issues or ones otherwise calling for critical evaluation, thereby giving the impression that the author either does not know has weak understanding of the subject.
Below Standards

Critically evaluates the article but does not apply appropriate understanding of orthodox and/or heterodox paradigms in critical evaluation of the article. Does not apply general scholarly knowledge appropriate for a course at this level. Does apply knowledge of the subject and/or general scholarly knowledge, but inappropriately or with important misunderstandings.
Satisfactory

Uses knowledge of the subject, including orthodox and heterodox paradigms to evaluate the article critically. May use scholarly knowledge from this and other courses for critical evaluation.
Outstanding

Makes exceptionally good use of knowledge of the subject, including orthodox and heterodox paradigms, to evaluate the article critically. May use scholarly knowledge from this and other courses with unusual incisiveness for critical evaluation.
Critical Thought
1 pts This was used this time due to the assignment wording.
Unacceptable

Impossible to get with this version of the rubric.
Below Standards

Evaluates the article, but evaluation is vacuous, trivial, or displays significant misunderstanding of course material.
Satisfactory

Summarizes the article without any critical evaluation.
Outstanding

Evaluates the article with critical comments based on course material.
Relation to Other Material
0 pts This will be used in the future.
Unacceptable

Has no relation to other appropriate material, even when obvious. Inappropriately relates article to other material.
Below Standards

Partial or incomplete relationships to other material.
Satisfactory

Relates article to appropriate material covered in the course and to other relevant material within the student's topic area.
Outstanding

Relates article to all appropriate material covered in the course and to other relevant material within the student's topic area with exceptional insight.
Relationship to Other Material
1 pts This was used this time due to the assignment wording.
Unacceptable

Impossible to get with this version of the rubric.
Below Standards

Relates the article to course material, but is trivial or incorrect.
Satisfactory

May relate the article to course material, but only in a cursory or superficial way that does not demonstrate understanding of the importance of the relationship.
Outstanding

Explicitly and correctly relates the article to material covered in course with enough detail for the reader to understand the connection.



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