The next category of the rubric ties in with the previous.
At the end of each research paper should be a bibliography, which is a list of every source used to write the paper.
A paper with a clear organizational style, good use of transitions, and natural progression of ideas would earn a three.
It is in this grading category that a research paper becomes different from other kinds of essays.
An unclear, poorly written thesis statement would earn a zero in this category, while a clearly written, engaging, and well-thought-out thesis statement would earn a three.
Imagine reading this lesson, but instead of headings, transitions, and a progression of ideas, you were instead presented with random facts all over the place with no clear organization.The convention of a rubric is often the easiest to grade, as it is merely looking at how many spelling, formatting, and grammatical errors the author made in the paper.Usually, this section of the rubric will have a clearly defined number of errors for each level of scoring.When you are writing a research paper, it is incredibly important that everything you state can be backed up with a source.For example, if you claimed that the Titanic was painted pink with purple stripes, you would need a source to support that assertion, so readers know you are not just making things up.Rubrics are especially useful when grading written work, as they provide a template for grading each student, even when their writing style and topic may vary.This lesson will provide an example of a rubric you can use when assessing research papers.If you were writing a paper about a war, you wouldn't first start with a major battle, jump back to the causes of the war, jump forward to the outcome of the war, and jump back to explain who was fighting. Any topic you could write about can be clearly organized into a natural progression of ideas and facts.The example mentioned above would earn a zero in this category on the rubric.This makes the total score for the paper 15 points. These will be: Thesis Statement, Organization of Ideas, Use of Sources, Bibliography, and Conventions.Any good essay should begin with a clearly written thesis statement.