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Afiqah

Problem/Solution Essay Rubric


Criteria
A. Task achievement. The Very Good/minor Only fair/some problems/only Poor/major
writer provides: good/mostly problems/largely meets meets basic requirements problems/ does
no requirements not reach
problems/me requirements
ets
requirements
well
(1) a clear, balanced and Reasonable Suggested solution needs to
comprehensive development of the be developed further.
response to all elements besides the
elements of the prompt suggested solution.

(2) convincing Problem requires further No evaluation for suggested


development showing development to be solution
understanding of the more convincing.
complexity of the topic Evaluation of existing
solutions should be
linked more closely to
the scope of the
problem eg illegal
profiting.
(3) a clearly stated stance Problems stance is
(in the introduction, the weak due to insufficient
evaluation and elaboration, explanation
suggested solutions in and evaluation of how
particular) commodification of
education engenders
rising cost and an illegal
profiting.
Some unclear ideas in
the solutions weaken
the stance- provide
more details to achieve
more clarity.

(4) integrated and relevant Some subjective claims


sources which are should be strengthened
paraphrased, with sources.
synthesized and/or Some unclearly
summarized accurately quoted/paraphrased
content.
(5) clearly documents the In-text citations and
citations using the biblio; some errors.
required format (APA)

B. Structure and Very Good/minor Only fair/some problems/only Poor/major


development of answer. good/mostly problems/largely meets meets basic requirements problems/ does
The writer provides: no requirements not reach
problems/me requirements
ets
requirements
well
(1) a generic structure The topic sentence
appropriate to the task after the intro should
(introduction and be presented at the
expected stages: start of the first body
problem, solutions, paragraph. Mostly fine
evaluation) for the rest.
(2) a relevant introduction Mostly fine. Present the
from general to thesis statement in one
specific with a sentence concisely
focused thesis grammatically.
statement and clear
scope
(3) an appropriate Present the thesis
conclusion relating statement in one
back to the thesis sentence for a macro
statement and summation.
rounding off the essay
(4) unified paragraphs with Link topic sentences
clear topic sentences and or concluding
statements to
commodification more
explicitly.
(5) cohesion built through Some gaps due to
thematic progression, insufficient elaboration
lexical cohesion and of some ideas.
referencing

C. Register and language. Very Good/minor Only fair/some problems/only Poor/major


The writer provides: good/mostly problems/largely meets meets basic requirements problems/ does
no requirements not reach
problems/me requirements
ets
requirements
well
(1) an academic and Reasonable. More
abstract tone (through academic tone through
the use of complex nominalization can be
noun groups and included.
nominalization, for Be more concise.
example)
(2) a range of appropriate Reasonable
resources to evaluate Some subjective claims
and appraise ideas and can be modified with
sources qualifiers.

(3) logical meaning Consider more


relations through sophisticated sentence
appropriate use of structures to combine
complex, simple ideas more effectively
sentences and and concisely.
conjunction
(4) a text which is virtually Many grammar mistakes.
free of grammatical
errors (for example:
tenses, SVA,
syntax/fragments and
run-on)