If assigning a number grade, attach point values
to individual criteria on the rubric.Weight the criteria according to what is most important to you, but
don’t be afraid to assign significant value to mechanics.Readability is essential, after all.
If assigning a letter grade, include
explanations: “An A paper…; A B paper…”In each explanation, be sure to use qualitative words, and be
thorough.“An excellent thesis statement”
is not a very helpful way of defining a criterion for a paper, but, “A
clear, concise thesis statement that presents the argument and provides an
overview of the topic” is.