Research Paper Grading Rubric

Introduction /10

Grabs reader’s attention, interesting and relevant

Thesis statement /15

Thesis is clear, has an opinion, fits scope of paper

Organization /15

Essay is logically organized, paragraphs have topic sentences and clear transitions

Research /25

Outside sources are appropriate and effectively integrated into essay, proper balance of research/author opinion

Conclusion /10

Conclusion is effective, not just a re-statement of thesis

Conventions /15

Few errors in sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation

Citations /10

All outside sources are cited and citations are in correct format. Works cited page included and in proper format


/ 100

text by Laura Torres


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