Grading Rubrics & Feedback

Course specific rubrics and guidelines are provided in their respective syllabi.


GOVERNING ESSAY RUBRIC



HIST 1106: MODERN EUROPE / HIST 1120: GLOBAL HISTORY

TWENTY-FIVE POINT RESPONSE PAPER GUIDELINES & RUBRIC

REQUIREMENTS

Students will write brief response papers on the themes, topics, and guiding questions presented in class.

GUIDELINES

Rather than personal reflections, response papers are students’ opportunities to identify the arguments presented in the readings and digital material, and to address the course’s guiding questions. They should do so by writing personally detached responses that synthesize the course material and apply it to the broader theme at hand.

POINTS RUBRIC

Criteria

Satisfies:

5 points

Nearly Satisfies: 3-4

points

Attempts to Satisfy: 1-2

 points

Does not Satisfy

 Zero points

Totals

Identification: identifies the ways in which the readings, lectures, and discussions relate to the themes presented.

 

 

 

 

 

Synthesis: briefly describes the contents and applicability of certain sources to the themes.

 

 

 

 

 

Analysis: uses sources, lectures, and discussions to address the guiding questions.

 

 

 

 

 

Structure: observes proper grammar and mechanics. Provides concluding remarks.

 

 

 

 

 

Clarity: presents ideas clearly and in professional, third person prose.

 

 

 

 

 


HIST 2291: INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH

HIST 2291: Exam Rubric

Multiple-Choice

Number of questions Points per question Number Correct Your Score
10 2.5    

Short Answer

Identifies Points possible Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Total
Define term 1 point            
When/why was it prominent 1 point            
Key arguments and applications 1 point            
Positive elements 1 point            
Pitfalls or negative elements 1 point            
TOTAL 5 points            

Essays

Grading components Satisfies Nearly satisfies Attempts to satisfy Does not satisfy
Quality narrative; Clear explanations 8-12 points 5-7 points 1-4 points 0
Provides examples and evidence beyond basic definitions 9-13 points 6-8 points 1-5 points 0
Identifies terms, periods, locations, causes and outcomes associated with particular school of history 9-13 points 6-8 points 1-5 points 0
Identifies wider historical significance 8-12 points 5-7 points 1-4point 0

HIST 2291: Collections Report

This semester we will focus on exploring one of ISU’s newly acquired digital collections: the Dublin Castle Records. Your Collections Report will explain and contextualize one aspect of the record. Potential topics and themes will be discussed in class. This is a three-page assignment that follows standard Stover formatting.

HIST 2291: Proto-Research Proposal

Students will develop a proto-research proposal that may later be refined for use in HIST 4491. Topics will be discussed in class and will follow standard Stover formatting.

Project Proposal Points Product Description Product Points
Propose a significant historical question or problem (non-history majors see note below) to be investigated.  (Any historical question or problem is potentially significant, but you must make a persuasive case for why you feel that YOUR question or problem is significant). 15  A document (five pages) written with clarity and precision and reflecting attention to mechanical issues associated with formal, academic writing. 40 
Locate the question within a larger historical context (e.g., Irish in the West as part of larger question of western migration) or applicable theme (immigration and migration of the early twentieth century).  15
Devise a strategy or methodology that explains how the research will be conducted or how the sources in the bibliography will be used (e.g., beginning with an immersion in the primary sources and moving to the most directly applicable secondary sources, with an explanation of how that will be accomplished).  15
Summarize the proposal and discuss expected outcomes.  (This statement should go beyond the “idea” stage but stop short of a preliminary thesis so as not to bias the research toward a particular outcome.)  15