Assessing Miami University Capstone Projects

Wil Haygood presenting to a group of facilitators.

Writing and Critical Thinking Rubric - Capstone Project

Criterion Question A (4) B (3) C (2) D (1) N/A Notes
Identified Audience When reviewing can you identify the intended audience? Intended audience is clearly identifiable.

There is some evidence of an intended audience, but not specific.

Readers of certain audiences can be somewhat identified. Audience cannot be identified

 

 

Audience

 

Writes in a manner that is highly effective for this audience and successfully considers audience needs and expectations

Generally writes in a manner that is effective for this audience and generally responds to audience needs and expectations

Adequately considers audience but misses the mark in some regards Does not consider audience and/or misses the mark frequently or completely

 

 

Intended Purpose

When reviewing, can you identify the purpose of the essay?

Intended purpose (or purposes) is clearly identifiable There is some indication of a specific purpose (or purposes), but not clearly articulated. Readers can identify certain elements of a purpose (or purposes). Purpose (or purposes) is not identifiable.

 

 

Purpose

 

Is highly effective in achieving the purpose and does so with skill and expertise Is generally effective in achieving purpose and does so competently

Seems to recognize purpose and work to respond to it but is not always successful

Misses the mark frequently or completely in terms of purpose

 

 

Genre

 

Uses the conventions of the genre in highly effective ways (or pushes genre boundaries in skilled & effective ways)

Uses the conventions of the genre competently

Recognizes the genre conventions but does not always use them successfully

Misses the mark frequently or completely in terms of genre expectations

 

 

Evidence

 

Provides and uses strong and appropriate evidence in a highly effective manner, given audience, genre, and purpose

Provides & uses evidence in an effective manner, given audience, genre, and purpose

Provides & uses evidence adequately, given audience, genre, and purpose Does not provide or misuses evidence or does not use evidence in a helpful way given audience, purpose, and genre

 

 

Context & Assumptions

 

Thoroughly analyzes assumptions and carefully evaluates the relevance of contexts when presenting a position. Identifies assumptions and several relevant contexts when presenting a position Questions some assumptions. Identifies several relevant contexts when presenting a position. Could be more aware of assumptions Shows an emerging awareness of present assumptions. Begins to identify some contexts when presenting a position.

 

 

Issues & Problems

 

Issue/problem to be considered critically is stated clearly and described comprehensively, delivering all relevant information necessary for full understanding.

Issue/problem to be considered critically is stated, described, and clarified so that understanding is not seriously impeded by omissions.

Issue/problem to be considered critically is stated but description leaves some terms undefined, ambiguities unexplored, boundaries undetermined, and/or backgrounds unknown.

Issue/problem to be considered critically is stated without clarification or description, or not stated.

 

 

Imagination, Creativity, & Problem Solving

 

Position is imaginative and creative. Takes complexities into account and demonstrates thoughtful & creative problem-solving.

Takes complexities into account and demonstrates sound problem- solving abilities

Acknowledges various sides of issues or problems and demonstrates basic understanding of them

Does not understand the issues at hand, or recognize multiple perspectives and does not offer helpful solutions or conclusions

 

 

Citation & Documentation

 

Sources are cited and can be traced; appropriate documentation style for the genre is used correctly.

Sources are cited and can be traced; appropriate documentation style is mostly used correctly

Sources are cited and documentation style is used, though not competently or appropriately at all times.

Sources are not cited, or cannot be traced, or documentation style is not present or appropriate or is not used with competence

 

 

Style, Tone, & Mechanics

 

Style, tone, and mechanics are skillfully employed as appropriate for this genre and audience

Style, tone, and mechanics are competently employed as appropriate for this genre and audience

Style, tone, and mechanics are attended to but there are some problems or missteps

Style, tone, and mechanics are problematic enough to interfere with understanding of the text