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What is euthanasia, and why is it considered to be morally different to murder or suicide? Is it? q What do you think is the best moral argument for vegetarianism? Does it work?

Criteria

Ratings

Intelligibility

Is the explanation of the material clear?


Proficient

Meaning is effectively communicated throughout. Sentences are varied and there is no repetitious of ideas in a paragraph. Each sentence of the paper has a specific purpose to develop the idea meaningfully.

Satisfactory

Significant grammar or syntax errors that impede meaning in isolated cases. More frequent wordiness; unclear or awkward sentences; imprecise use of words

Unsatisfactory

Systematic grammar or syntax errors impede meaning such that argument is not intelligible. Numerous grammatical errors and stylistic problems seriously detract from the argument.

Clear Thesis

Is a short, precise statement of the main idea present in the introduction?

Proficient

Thesis is specific, relevant, thoughtful, and arguable relevant to the central ideas of the essay.

Satisfactory

Thesis vague or not central to argument; central terms not defined. There is a thesis statement, but it’s not clear.

Unsatisfactory

No simple thesis statement found. Thesis statement does not successfully engage the prompt or themes.

Textual Support

Is the relevant material from the reading supported with good examples?

Proficient

Most concepts, when introduced, are followed by an example.

Shows a good understanding of the texts, ideas and methods of the assignment.

Satisfactory

There are examples, but it is not clear how they relate or explain the concept. There may be significant inaccuracy. Shows an understanding of the basic ideas and information involved in the assignment; may have some factual, interpretive, or conceptual errors.

Unsatisfactory

No examples are provided to further develop ideas. AND/OR Irrelevant quotes or misinterpretations throughout. Writer lacks critical understanding of lectures, readings, discussions, or assignments.

Argumentative Structure

How does the paper present the ideas?

Proficient

Paper presents arguments ordered in a clear way. The inferences being made are explained and not just ed. Distinct units of thought in paragraphs controlled by specific, detailed, and arguable topic sentences; clear transitions between developed, cohering, and logically arranged paragraphs.

Satisfactory

There is an argumentative structure, but at times it is not clear. The author fails to explain some important inferences being made. Paragraphs may contains extraneous information.

Unsatisfactory

Paper does not follow clear argumentative structure. Frequent repetition. Relevant inferences are not present or left unexplained. Paragraphs are simplistic, wanders from one topic to another; illogical arrangement of ideas

Mapping

Is there a map of the whole paper at the beginning?

Proficient

The author explains how the paper will develop from one paragraph to the next. This is clearly laid out in the introduction.

Satisfactory

The author somewhat indicates how the paper will develop from one paragraph to the next. But it is not clearly laid out or may not occur in the introduction.

Unsatisfactory

The author does not explain how the paper will develop from one paragraph to the next in the introduction or anyway in the body of the essay.

Counter-arguments

Does the author present problems with the arguments?

Proficient

Substantial counter-arguments, counter-examples, or counter-views are considered for all important controversial premises.

Satisfactory

At least one counter-argument is considered, but key controversial premises remain unexamined.

Unsatisfactory

There are no counter-arguments considered. The paper just sticks to one position and does not even consider the other side.

Analysis

How does the paper analyze the various arguments?

Proficient

The paper successfully breaks the problem, concepts, and arguments into relevant parts. The connections between the parts are clear and accurate.

Satisfactory

The paper breaks the argument, , or problem into parts, but some parts may be missing or unclear. The connections between the parts are somewhat accurate.

Unsatisfactory

The parts identified are not the correct and/or relevant ones. The connections between the parts are inaccurate.

Synthesis

How does the paper draw connections from multiple texts and synthesize the various ideas into a coherent whole?

Proficient

The paper successfully integrates all relevant parts from various places into a coherent whole. The connections between the parts are clear and insightful.

Satisfactory

The paper integrates some parts from various places into a somewhat coherent whole. The connections between the parts are somewhat unclear.

Unsatisfactory

The parts to be integrated are not clear and/or relevant. The connections between the parts are unclear.

Textual Accuracy

Is the relevant material from the reading presented accurately?

Proficient

All ideas that come from the texts are cited appropriately, including the work cited page and in-text citations. Quoting is minimal, but when used is quite effective. All paraphrases are accurately cited.

Satisfactory

Some lapses in proper citation, including lacking one or more required references (e.g., page numbers or mistakes in works cited page), but there is a clear attempt at citing sources

Unsatisfactory

No citations or references to the text. There may be a work cited page or not, and there is no references made in the text indicating where certain ideas were derived.