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Category

Thesis

ContentSupport for
thesis

ContentCounter
Argument

Context

Exceeds Expectations

Meets Expectations

Approaches Expectations

Below Expectations

The thesis statement


indicates the position the
student will support in
the essay and outlines 3
main points.

The thesis statement


indicates the position the
student will support in the
essay and 1-2 main points.

The thesis statement


indicates the position the
student will support in the
essay, but does not
outline any main points.

The thesis statement lists


0-3 main points, but the
thesis statement does not
indicate the position the
student will support in the
essay.

6 pts.
Includes 4 or more pieces
of evidence (facts,
statistics, examples,) with
an explanation of how
they support the thesis
statement.

5-4 pts.
Includes 3 or more pieces
of evidence (facts,
statistics, examples,) with
an explanation of how they
support the thesis
statement.

3 pts.
Includes 2 or more pieces
of evidence (facts,
statistics, examples,) with
an explanation of how
they support the thesis
statement.

3-0 pts.
Includes 1-0 pieces of
evidence (facts, statistics,
examples,) with an
explanation of how they
support the thesis
statement.

8 pts.
Includes 2 pieces of
evidence with an
explanation of how they
support 2 different
counter arguments.

6 pts.
Includes 2 pieces of
evidence with an
explanation of how they
support 1 counter
argument.

4 pts.
2-0 pts.
Includes 1 piece of
Includes no evidence to
evidence with an
support a counter
explanation of how it
argument.
supports 1 counter
argument.

4 pts.

3 pts.

2 pts.

1 pt.

The paper includes 4 pieces


of historical context
throughout the
introduction and body

The paper includes 3-2


pieces of historical context
throughout the
introduction and body

The paper includes 1-0


pieces of historical context
throughout the
introduction and body

4 pts.

3-2 pts.

1-0 pts.

The paper includes 5


pieces of historical
context throughout the
introduction and body
5 pts.

Historical Position Paper

Section:

Date:

Student:

Score out of 41 points:

Points
Earned

Grade:

No factual errors exist


within the paper

1 factual error exists within


the paper

2 factual errors exist


within the paper

3 or more factual errors


exist within the paper. If
no factual information
exists within the paper,
the paper will earn no
points.

Accuracy

Conventions

Conclusion

4 pts.
3 pts.
2 pts.
1-0 pts.
No more than 1 spelling, No more than 2 spelling,
No more than 3 spelling,
4 or more spelling,
punctuation, or grammar punctuation, or grammar
punctuation, or grammar
punctuation, or grammar
error exists per page
errors exist per page
errors exist per page
errors exist per page
4 pts.
3 pts.
Restates the authors
Restates the authors
position and summarizes position and summarizes 13 main points of the
2 main points of the essay
essay

2 pts.
Restates the authors
position and does not
summarize the main
points of the essay

1 pt.
Summarizes 0-3 main
points of the essay and
fails to restate the authors
position

6 pts.
All sources are cited
accurately within the text
of the paper and within
the bibliography

5-4 pts.
1-2 sources are cited
incorrectly within the text
of the paper or within the
bibliography

3 pts.
1-2 sources are cited
incorrectly within the text
of the paper and within
the bibliography

3-0 pts.
3 or more sources are
cited incorrectly within the
text of the paper and/or
within the bibliography. If
no sources are cited
correctly within the text
and the bibliography, the
paper will receive no
points

4 pts.

3 pts.

2 pts.

1-0 pts.

Sources

Historical Position Paper

Section:

Date:

Student:

Score out of 41 points:

Grade: