Week 1: Grading Guide for Graduate-Level Writing Paper

Week 1: Grading Guide for Graduate-Level Writing Paper


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Grading Guide for Graduate-Level Writing Paper

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Week 1: Grading Guide for Graduate-Level Writing Paper

Content (60%) Points Earned: 59% Earned
· All key elements of the assignment are covered in a substantive way. Major points are stated clearly and are supported by specific details, examples, or analysis.

· Identify characteristics of graduate writing, and explain how writing at the graduate level differs from other forms of writing (2 to 3 paragraphs).

· Describe elements of effective written communication (1 to 2 paragraphs).

· Explain what plagiarism is and how to avoid it (1 to 2 paragraphs).

· Analyze realistic, attainable ways for managing time and stress (1 to 2 paragraphs).

· 700 to 1,050 words

· The paper links theory to relevant examples and uses the vocabulary of the theory correctly.


Key elements were addressed. Major points were supported by details, examples, and supportive research.

Word count was met

Consider linking the theory to relevant examples throughout the paper.

Organization & Tone (20%) Points Earned: 17% Earned
· The tone is appropriate.

· The introduction provides a sufficient background on the topic and previews major points.

· Paragraph transitions are present, logical, and maintain the flow throughout the paper.

· The conclusion is logical, flows from the body of the paper, and reviews the major points.


Your paper will benefit from a stronger introduction. The introduction provides an opportunity to capture the reader’s attention with a “hook.” It also indicates what the paper will be about and how you will approach the topic. Refer to the 5-paragraph tutorial from Writing Wizards in the Tutorials & Guides section of the Center for Writing Excellence for more information about writing introductions.One of the areas for you to particularly be aware of is making sure your ideas connect sufficiently for example, when reviewing the different main topics and subtopics in the outline that you have. When writing a paper, continue to ask yourself, “How am I connecting one section to the next? In other words, keep a larger scale focus in mind as you work through the paper. Your essay is missing a conclusion, which is a final paragraph much like the closing argument in a jury trial, containing information from earlier paragraphs, combining the previous “proof” into a firm decision by the jury (the reader). A good idea would be to add a paragraph here summing up what you have intended to communicate in the essay.

Mechanics (20%) Points Earned: 16% Earned
· The paper—including tables, graphs, headings, title page, and reference page— is consistent with APA formatting guidelines and meets course-level requirements.

· Intellectual property is recognized with in-text citations and a reference page.

· Rules of spelling, grammar, usage, and punctuation are followed.

· Sentences are complete, clear, concise, and varied.


Please check APA formatting for level headings. Level one headings are centered, bolded, upper and lower case letters. Level two headings need to be aligned with the left margin, bolded, upper and lower case letters. Make sure you are referencing when needed. For example, read through your paper and if you are discussing a definition or a topic that is not considered common knowledge (even a strong opinion), then a reference is needed. Please check the Reference and Citation Examples document in the Tutorials & Guides section of the Center for Writing Excellence for examples of correct formatting. Then carefully check your citations and references to be sure that they are formatted correctly. You may want to access the Reference and Citation Generator from the Center for Writing Excellence homepage. This easy-to-use online tool will help you create properly formatted reference entries.

Total Points Earned: 92%

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