20.0 %Situation Context
Essay has little or nothing to do with the situation presented in the assignment description.
Inadequate description of the situation presented in the assignment description. Essay is overly simplistic, and few details are given.
Clear description regarding the situation presented in the assignment description is included along with an explanation of some legal issues and what you would do in the situation presented.
Thorough description regarding the situation presented in the assignment description is included along with a clear explanation of any legal issues and how each of the legal issues mentioned would affect your decision in the situation presented.
40.0 %Application of First Amendment
Includes very little information about the First Amendment.
Includes vague references to the First Amendment. Application of First Amendment to situation is lacking detail and clarity.
Adequately describes how the First Amendment applies to this situation.
Clearly and realistically describes how the First Amendment applies to this situation.
Statement of purpose is not justified by the conclusion. Argument is illogical. Conclusion does not support the claims made.
Purpose statement is vague, and claims do not thoroughly support it. Argument and conclusion are orderly, but present unconvincing justification of claims.
Purpose statement and conclusion are clear. Argument shows logical progression. There is a smooth progression of claims from introduction to conclusion.
Purpose statement and related conclusion are clear and convincing. Information is well-organized and logical. Argument presents a persuasive claim in a distinctive and compelling manner.
10.0 %Research Citations
Reference page includes errors and/or inconsistently used citations. Sources are not credible.
Reference page lists sources used in the paper. Sources are appropriate and documented, although errors are present.
In-text citations have few errors. References used are reliable, and reference page lists all cited sources with few errors.
In-text citations and a reference page are complete and correct. Sources are credible. The documentation of cited sources is free of error.
Surface errors are pervasive enough that they impede communication of meaning. Inappropriate word choice and/or sentence construction are used.
Frequent and repetitive mechanical errors distract the reader. Inconsistent language and/or word choice are present. Sentence structure is lacking.
Prose is largely free of mechanical errors, although a few may be present. The writer uses a variety of effective sentence structures and figures of speech, as well as some practice and content-related language.
Submission is nearly/completely free of mechanical errors and has a clear, logical conceptual framework. Word choice reflects well-developed use of practice and content-related language. Sentence structures are varied and engaging.
5.0 %Paper Format: APA Style
Template is not used appropriately or documentation format is rarely followed correctly.
Appropriate template is used, but some elements are missing or mistaken. A lack of control with formatting is apparent.
Appropriate template is used. Formatting is correct, although some minor errors may be present.
Appropriate template is fully used. There are virtually no errors in formatting style.
100 %Total Weightage