HSM 454 Written Assignment Rubric
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
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.
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.
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.
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.