ASSIGNMENT RUBRICS  - (Althea Pennerman)




In order to earn maximum points, you must read and follow carefully the requirements for each major characteristic of the paper.



Superior Examples (deserving full points)




The content covers critical aspects of the topic, is insightful and considers all sides of the issue, drawing from relevant sources (course materials, classroom lectures, current research, interviews with experts, etc.) as well as the writer’s own experiences. The content is comprehensive, showing a high-level understanding of the arguments for and against inclusion.  The content is informative, providing information useful to the target audience. Points = 40% of total score.




The paper is well organized in a logical and clear manner with an introduction, body and conclusion. Headings and subheadings are used to guide the readers’/listeners’ understanding. Points = 30% of total score.





The writing demonstrates good sentence structure with few errors (grammatical, spelling, punctuation, etc.) and excellent word choices and transitions that help to make the written message unambiguous and interesting. Terms and jargons used in Special Education that might be unfamiliar to the audience are avoided or explained. Points = 20% of total score.






The paper includes citations or evidence of research-based support and follows closely the American Psychological Association (APA) rules and guidelines for creating a reference list of the sources used in developing the paper. The reference list has at least 5 current (dated 2000 or later) scholarly journal articles and/or books and appears at the end of the paper. Points = 10% of total score.






Members of the class will take on the role of the “Inclusion Advocacy” group and anonymously score each major characteristic of the papers read using the following guide. This information provides feedback from their peers, but does not impact the final grade.


To what extent did the paper match the “superior” example in:

Point Value: 1-5

  1. Content


  1. Organization


  1. Writing Mechanics


  1. Sources/Citations/References