Question: What are the characteristics of a paper rated “low” and a paper rated “high”?
a. no focus, development, nor details
b dominated by ineffective, unnatural language
c. distractingly bad grammar
d. provokes the question “What’s it about?”
e. lacks control of language or sentence structure
c. noticeable language control: mature sentences and grammar
d. sense of audience; distinct and sincere voice
e. memorable examples. Pp. 422-423.
Note: The two missing categories are labeled “not so low” and “not so high.”
Comment: Even though these rubrics provide guidance, they are still subjective. RayS.
Title: “The Effect of Word Processing on the Quality of Basic [College] Writers’ Revision.” C McAllister and R Louth. Research in the Teaching of English (December 1988), 417-427.