"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
- Critical reading and analysis
- Research paper in history
- Argument paper in 1st-year composition