HSM 454 Written Assignment Rubric Criteria Poor 5 Developing 10 Competent 15

HSM 454 Written Assignment Rubric


Poor 5

Developing 10

Competent 15

Exemplary 20

Total Points


Writing lacks logical

organization. It shows some coherence but ideas lack unity. Serious errors.

Writing is coherent and

logically organized. Some points remain misplaced and stray from the topic.

Transitions evident but not

used throughout assignment.

Writing is coherent and

logically organized with transitions used between

ideas and paragraphs to create coherence. Overall unity of

ideas is present.

Writing shows high degree of attention to logic and reasoning of points. Unity clearly leads the reader to the conclusion and stirs thought regarding

the topic.

Level of Content

Shows some thinking and

reasoning but most ideas are underdeveloped and unoriginal.

Content indicates thinking

and reasoning applied with original thought on a few ideas.

Content indicates original

thinking and develops ideas with sufficient and firm evidence.

Content indicates synthesis of ideas, in-depth analysis and evidences original thought and support for the topic.

Grammar &


Spelling, punctuation, and

grammatical errors create distraction, making reading difficult; fragments, comma

splices, run-ons evident.

Errors are frequent.

Most spelling, punctuation,

and grammar correct allowing reader to progress though assignment. Some errors remain.

Assignment has few spelling,

punctuation, and grammatical errors allowing reader to follow ideas clearly. Very

few fragments or run-ons.

Assignment is free of distracting spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors; absent of fragments, comma splices, and run-ons.


Mostly in elementary form

with little or no variety in sentence structure, diction, rhetorical devices or


Approaches college level

usage of some variety in sentence patterns, diction, and rhetorical devices.

Attains college level style;

tone is appropriate and rhetorical devices used to enhance content; sentence

variety used effectively.

Shows outstanding style going beyond usual college level; rhetorical devices and tone used effectively; creative use of sentence structure and coordination

Format and APA compliance

Fails to follow APA format (eg. in-text citations, reference page) an assignment requirements; incorrect margins, spacing and indentation; neatness of assignment needs attention.

Meets assignment

requirements with several APA (eg. in-text citations, reference page) errors; generally correct margins, spacing, and indentations; assignment is neat but may have some assembly errors.

Meets assignment

Requirements with few APA (eg. in-text citations, reference page) errors; margins, spacing, and indentations are correct; assignment is neat and correctly assembled.

Meets all APA (eg. in-text citations, reference page) and assignment

requirements and evidences attention to detail; all margins, spacing and indentations are correct; essay is neat and correctly assembled with professional look.

Total Points