History Research Essay Rubric


All ideas flow logically; the argument is identifiable, reasonable, and sound.Author anticipates and successfully defuses counter-arguments; makes novel connections which illuminate thesis

Argument is clear and usually flows logically and makes sense.Some evidence that counter-arguments acknowledged, though perhaps not addressed.Occasional insightful connections to evidence are made.

Logic may often fail, or the argument may often be unclear.May not address counter-arguments or make any connections with the thesis.May also contain logical contradictions.

Ideas do not flow at all, usually because there is no argument to support.Simplistic view of topic, and there is no effort to grasp possible alternative views.Very little or very weak attempt to relate evidence to argument.

Too incoherent to determine.


Language is clearly organized. Correct word usage, punctuation, sentence structure, and grammar; correct citation of sources; minimal to no spelling errors; absolutely no run-on sentences or comma splices.

Sentence structure and grammar strong despite occasional lapses; punctuation and citation style often used correctly.Some spelling errors and at least one run-on sentence, sentence fragment, or comma splice.

Minor problems in sentence structure and grammar.Multiple errors in punctuation, citation style, and spelling.May have several (two to five) run-on sentences, sentence fragments, and comma splices.

Huge problems in sentence structure and grammar.Frequent major errors in citation style, punctuation, and spelling.May have many (more than five) run-on sentences, sentence fragments, and comma splices.

Very difficult to understand owing to major problems in mechanics.

У нее оставалось целых пять часов до рейса, и она сказала, что попытается отмыть руку. - Меган? - позвал он и постучал. Никто не ответил, и Беккер толкнул дверь.

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