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Teaching Philosophy

Volume 28, Issue 1, March 2005

Maralee Harrell
Pages 3-15

Grading According to a Rubric

Drawing on the work of Linda Farmer, this article describes a detailed grading grid coupled with a rubric designed for the purpose of assessing argumentative papers. The rubric consists of two main parts: Content and Style. Relying upon Bloom’s taxonomy of learning, the “Content” part of the rubric assesses a student’s understanding of the material, the argument of their paper, and various abilities concerning analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and creation. The “Style” part of the rubric is split into two parts: Clarity and Organization. Coupling this rubric with a grading grid, the author provides an example of a method for the effective grading of argumentative essays.

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