Are the citations appropriate/overused or underused?
You will write a short paper of 1200-1500 words comparing the social, religious, economic drivers, and political purpose of material objects created in prehistorical communities with those of the Ancient Near East. Your paper should have at least five (5) academic reference courses. This should not include your textbook, Wikipedia, Brittania, Encarta, or any other on line dictionaries or other very short non-academic Internet entries. You have access to on line academic journals through the University of Manitoba library system. This is the best place for you to begin your search on your chosen topic. JSTOR is one online example through the UofM library system that has a lot of resources that may be helpful as you research.
Grading Rubric for Written Papers:
Regarding the quality of the paper:
1. Does the paper have a clearly formulated thesis?
2. Is it written in formal, academic language appropriate to the subject?
3. Are the citations appropriate/overused or underused?
4. Is there evidence of original thought?
5. Is this a work of such high standard that even with some editing, it could be published in a professional journal?
Thus, papers will be graded to the following rubric:
A+ Excellent work; clear, flawless, engagingly written, well organized, logical, and demonstrating a clear command of the topic and showing original insights in the interpretation. The work exceeds all the minimum requirements of the assignment and shows a sophisticated thesis that is well supported by evidence. Demonstrates the ability to critically analyze and/or synthesize issues and problems. There is clear evidence of advanced research. There are virtually no problems with writing style, grammar or spelling. In other words, it is impeccable in every measure or expectation.
A Exhibits almost all of the characteristics of the A+ paper but with some minor flaws in argument.
B+ The work is very good. It is well written and organized. It meets and often exceeds the minimum requirements of the assignment with frequent flashes of original thought. There is evidence of an advanced understanding of the material and evidence of attempts to critically analyze and/or synthesize issues and problems. There is clear evidence of advanced research. There are very few problems with writing style, grammar or spelling.
B Exhibits almost all of the characteristics of the B+ paper but has slight problems with the understanding of the issues and problems.
C+ The work is acceptable. It is generally clear and easy to read and meets and sometimes exceeds all of the minimum requirements of the assignment. There is evidence of a basic if unambitious or underdeveloped understanding of the material with limited analysis. There is clear evidence of basic research and/or analytical skills but there are some problems with the writing style, grammar or spelling that exceed those for the B+ to B range.
C The work is acceptable but has slight issues with clarity. It is not always easy to read but meets or sometimes exceeds the minimum requirements of the assignment. There is slightly less of an understanding of the material and there are attempts at analysis. There is clear evidence of basic research skills.
D The work is marginal. It meets only the minimum requirements of the assignment. There is evidence of only a simplistic understanding of the material. There is limited evidence of research and/or analytical skills. There are significant problems with writing style, grammar, or spelling.
F The work is unsatisfactory. It does not meet the minimum requirements of the assignment and it fails to grasp even the most basic of concepts.
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