7 Assignment-Specific Rubrics

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"Tips on Grading: Using Rubrics" (pdf) briefly explains rubrics and their benefits and emphasizes that "the best rubrics are specific to the assignment":

  • "[A] very general rubric provides little feedback or guidance to students."
  • "[T]he more explicit the rubric to the specific assignment, the more direction students get, and the easier it is for them to write to a target, revise a draft paper, or improve on the next assignment."

To this end, the pdf provides "sample rubrics for different courses and purposes."

  • "Even though each is designed for a specific task, most could easily be modified for your specific course and needs."
  • "Thus, the rubric for a research proposal in chemistry might easily be adapted for a biology or social sciences proposal."

The sample rubrics included cover the following assignments:

  • Marketing proposal
  • Presentation report
  • Research proposal in chemistry
  • Teamwork
  • Critical reading and analysis
  • Research paper in history 
  • Argument paper in 1st-year composition
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