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Is it Constitutional? 
POLICY ANALYSIS PAPER--vis a vis the U.S. Constitution
Rubric Code: N6X272
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Subject: Political Science  
Type: Writing  
Grade Levels: Undergraduate


Powered by iRubric Is It Constitutional?
  OUTSTANDING

10 pts

STRONG

8 pts

ADEQUATE

6 pts

LIMITED

4 pts

DEFICIENT

2 pts

MISSING

0 pts

Introduction of Policy Question
15 %

Describing the policy you'll be analyzing for constitutionality.

OUTSTANDING

Student presents a clear explanation of the policy or issue that will be examined. A history of the policy/explanation of why it was instituted is included, including citations from multiple sources.
STRONG

Student presents a clear explanation of the policy or issue that will be examined. A description of the history of the issue is provided, but sourcing/research is limited.
ADEQUATE

Presents a clear explanation of the policy or issue that will be, historical context is superficial.
LIMITED

Presents a very limited explanation of the policy issue that is being analyzed, and has no historical context of the policy included.
DEFICIENT

Is unclear or seriously limited in presenting or developing the issue or policy which will be analyzed
MISSING

Missing
Constitutional Issues
15 %

An exploration of the constitutional issues that could be/are raised by this particular policy.

OUTSTANDING

Student discusses a near exhaustive range of Constitutional issues that might be related to this particular issue, for example States Rights (10th Amendment); Congressional Powers (Article I, Section 8); Free Speech (1st Amendment). Shows an understanding that a single issue could raise a broad range of constitutional questions.
STRONG

While not an exhaustive discussion of the Constitutional issues that may be raised, the student demonstrates an understanding that the issue might raise more than one question.
ADEQUATE

Student focuses on only one or two Constitutional issues, but ties them together with the policy or issue effectively.
LIMITED

Student seems to struggle to tie any constitutional issue together with the policy that is being analyzed, but makes an attempt.
DEFICIENT

Student fails to define the constitutional principle which will be discussed in the context of the analysis, but asserts a position on the constitutionality of the policy, nevertheless.
MISSING

Missing
Constitutional Analysis
20 %

Analyzing the issue through a study of the constitution, previous court cases, and secondary sources.

OUTSTANDING

Student's analysis of the constitutionality of policy in question includes reference to legal precedents (not just secondary descriptions of precedents), and clearly explains how those precedents apply to the current issue OR, if the student's position is contrary to current precedent, clearly explains why those precedents were decided wrongly in his/her opinion.
STRONG

Student's analysis of the constitutionality of the policy in question draws upon established legal principles and precedents, but seems to be based upon what secondary sources have said that the precedents are, rather than a personal reading and reference to the original opinions.
ADEQUATE

The student's analysis of the constitutionality of the policy in question is based on a personal reading of constitutional provisions, but is largely without any reference to precedent--either through primary reading of previous cases, or through secondary descriptions of earlier cases.
LIMITED

The student has only vaguely described the constitutional question and how he/she has determined whether or not the policy meets the test.
DEFICIENT

Is unfocused and/or disorganized.
MISSING

Missing
Written Communication
15 %

How well you are able to get your point across.

OUTSTANDING

Excellent mechanics, grammar, word usage. Language is clear and appropriate. Writing style is effective.
STRONG

Expresses ideas clearly and well, using appropriate vocabulary and sentence variety. May have errors in mechanics, grammar, or word usage.
ADEQUATE

Expresses ideas with reasonable clarity. Contains signficant errors in mechanics, grammar, or word usage.
LIMITED

Has problems in language and sentence structure that result in a lack of clarity.Contains occasional major errors or frequent minor errors in grammar, usage, or mechanics.
DEFICIENT

Has serious problems in the use of language and sentence structure that frequently interfere with meaning. Contains serious errors in grammar, usage, or mechanics obscure meaning
MISSING
Strength of analysis
15 %

How strong was your argument?

OUTSTANDING

The assertion of constitutionality/unconstitutionality is supported with researchable and verifiable support from reputable sources. No bias is evident in the analysis.
STRONG

Assertions of constitutionality/unconstitutionality are generally well-researched and supported by appropriate reference materials. No bias is evident in the analysis.
ADEQUATE

Some evidence is provided to support many of the assertions, but not all. Reference materials may be inappropriate.
LIMITED

Evidence is provided to support many of the assertions, the analysis is biased.
DEFICIENT

Assertions and statements are weak, unsupported or biased.
MISSING
Format
5 %

How does the paper LOOK?

OUTSTANDING

The paper meets the standards assigned for margins, type size, spacing. Page numbers are present. The front page of the paper includes a 1-2 paragraph summary of the issue being explored, and the general findings. The student's name is included as a header on the pages. If the paper is not submitted electronically, it is turned in stapled in the top left corner, and is 9-11 pages in length, excluding the summary page and any citations/bibliography.
STRONG

The paper meets the standards assigned for margins, type size, spacing. Page numbers are present. The front page includes a 1-2 paragraph summary of the issue being explored, and the general findings. The students name is included in typewritten form. If the paper is not submitted electronically, it is turned in stapled in the top left corner, and is 8-10 pages in length, excluding the summary page and any citations/bibliography.
ADEQUATE

The paper meets the standards assigned for margins, type size, spacing. Page numbers are present. The front page summary is minimal. The students name is included. If the paper is not submitted electronically, it is stapled in the top left corner, and is 7-9 pages in length, excluding the summary page and any citations/bibliography.
LIMITED

The paper meets most, but not all of the standards assigned for margins, type size, spacing. Page numbers may or may not be present. No front page summary. Paper is 7 pages or less, excluding the summary page and any citations/bibliography.
DEFICIENT

The paper is missing significant portions of the aforementioned requirements and/or is significantly under 7 pages of analysis in length (excluding summary page and citations/bibliography).
MISSING
Citations
10 %

Citations are used effectively, and proper notation is used.

OUTSTANDING

Support and evidence are referenced using paraphrasing in the students own voice and are cited properly within the text of the paper. A bibliography is included.
STRONG

Support and evidence are referenced using paraphrasing in the students own voice and most are cited properly within the text of the paper. A bibliography is included.
ADEQUATE

Support and evidence are referenced using paraphrasing in the students own voice - citations are not properly formatted. A bibliography is included.
LIMITED

The student uses language that is not his/her own and does not provide citations for support. No bibliography.
DEFICIENT
MISSING

No citations are included in the text.
Research skills
5 %

Sources can be scholarly journals, primary sources, appropriate internet sources.

OUTSTANDING

Paper uses at least 8 different relevant sources, showing a depth and breadth of research effort. Sources should be of different types (scholarly journals, primary sources like Court cases, newspaper articles, appropriate web pages)
STRONG

Paper uses at least 6 different relevant sources, showing some depth of research effort. Sources should be of a variety of types.
ADEQUATE

Paper uses at least 5 different relevant sources, showing an effort at research. Sources should be of a variety of types.
LIMITED

Paper uses 3 or fewer relevant sources (in addition to the Constitution).
DEFICIENT

Paper uses 1 or 2 relevant sources, in addition to the Constitution.
MISSING

Missing





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