Grade Rubric. Use a minimum of six sources for your paper, and at least one must be a primary source

INTRODUCTION & THESIS: Includes a clear thesis statement, an assertion, or position. The topic is original and manageable in a short research paper. /points 20

FOCUS AND DEVELOPMENT: The body of the essay focuses on this thesis and develops it fully, recognizing the complexity of issues and refuting arguments in opposition to the thesis. /points 30

SUPPORT AND SYNTHESIS: Uses sufficient and relevant evidence to support the thesis (and primary points), including facts, inferences, and judgments. This is accomplished through direct quotes and/or paraphrases used accurately and effectively –appropriately including introducing and explaining each citation.  Meets the minimum required number of sources of 6-8. /points 50

LENGTH REQUIREMENT: The length requirement for this documented research paper is 1500-2000 words in length or 6-8 pages double-spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font. Note: The 6-8 pages do not include the Cover page or the Works Cited pages.  Note: Before beginning, this assignment, read through the information under the topic Scholastic Honesty. In particular, pay attention to the prescriptions concerning plagiarism. /points – 50

RESOURCES: Shows a clear understanding of the sources; has evaluated each source and used it appropriately.  /points10

CONVENTIONS: Uses MLA format correctly; includes internal citations and a Works Cited list; is free of errors. /points 10

CORRECTNESS AND STYLE: Introduces the topic in an interesting way; shows critical thinking and depth of understanding; uses appropriate tone; shows sophistication in language usage and sentence structure. /points 30

TOTAL: /200