Criteria for paper:

Paper should be at least two full pages in length. This does not include any cover sheet or citation page you add.
Paper should be typed in Times New Roman, 12 point font, double spaced.
Paper and citation page should be written in full APA style.
Turn your paper into Canvas within the current week’s assignment.

Rubric
PSY 300 Written AssignmentsPSY 300 Written AssignmentsCriteriaRatingsPtsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeThesis Paragraph20.0 to >18.4 ptsExemplaryClearly and eloquently identifies a demonstrable and nuanced central argument. Provides the reader with a clear sense of the nature of evidence that will follow. Reveals the organizational structure of the paper. Guides the reader smoothly and logically into the body of the paper.18.4 to >16.6 ptsMarginalThesis paragraph clearly identifies a demonstrable central argument. Gives the reader a reasonably good sense of the nature of evidence that will follow.16.6 to >14.8 ptsDevelopingThesis paragraph identifies a central argument that is demonstrable, though not stated sufficiently clearly. (and/or…) Does not guide the reader into the body of the paper.14.8 to >13.0 ptsMarginalThesis paragraph does not have a discernable central argument (and/or…) The argument is not demonstrable.13.0 to >0 ptsUnsatisfactoryNo thesis paragraph present.20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContent, Analysis and use of Evidence20.0 to >18.4 ptsExemplaryOffers a lucid and logical argument. The content of the paper is well developed and the ideas are explained and accurate. Used 3 or more high quality, scholarly, sources that effectively supported and enhanced ideas.18.4 to >16.6 ptsGoodArgument is present, but is not fully developed. Ideas are explained and accurate. Used 3 scholarly sources and some/ most sources used clearly enhanced ideas.16.6 to >14.8 ptsDevelopingArgument is attempted, but lacks clarity and/or ideas are not developed and explained. Used 2 scholarly sources and/or some sources do not clearly enhance ideas.14.8 to >13.0 ptsMarginalSummary and description are present, but analysis and a logical argument are not. Only 1 scholarly source was used and it does or does not support/enhance ideas13.0 to >0 ptsUnsatisfactoyNo logical argument present. No sources were used or the ones used were not scholarly and/or did not support/enhance ideas.20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeOrganization and Structure20.0 to >18.4 ptsExemplaryOrganization is sequential and appropriate. Paragraphs are well developed and divided. Ideas are linked and smooth transitions are present.18.4 to >16.6 ptsGoodOrganization is competent. Paragraphs are appropriately used, but some transitions are not smooth.16.6 to >14.8 ptsDevelopingOrganization is attempted but is not sequential and/or appropriate. Paragraphs are used, but some are not appropriate and/or transitions are not smooth.14.8 to >13.0 ptsMarginalOrganization, if evident at all, is weak and disjointed. Paragraphs, if used, are weak and transitions are lacking.13.0 to >0 ptsUnsatisfactoryNo organization and structure present.20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAPA20.0 to >18.4 ptsExemplaryAPA formatting is flawless. Title page, Abstract, Running Head, and Reference page are present and correctly formatted. In- text citations are used and correctly formatting according to APA style.18.4 to >16.8 ptsGoodMost elements of APA formatting are correct. Only 1-2 independent errors are present.16.8 to >14.8 ptsDevelopingSome (2-5) independent errors in APA formatting are present.14.8 to >13.0 ptsMarginalSeveral (5 or more) independent errors in APA formatting are present.13.0 to >0 ptsUnsatisfactoryAPA formatting was not used.20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMechanics, Style and Grammar20.0 to >18.4 ptsExemplaryVirtually free of punctuation, spelling, and capitalization errors. Sentences are structured effectively and vary in length and style.18.4 to >16.6 ptsGoodOccasional punctuation, spelling, and capitalization errors. Most sentences are structure effectively and vary in length and style.16.6 to >14.8 ptsDevelopingSeveral punctuation, spelling, and capitalization errors. Sentences contain many structural deficiencies. Simple sentences, run-ons, and poor sentence flow are evident.14.8 to >13.0 ptsMarginalNumerous punctuation, spelling, and capitalization errors. Sentences contain numerous structural deficiencies. Simple sentences, run-ons, and poor sentence flow are in abundance.13.0 to >0 ptsUnsatisfactoryOverabundance of punctuation, spelling, and capitalization errors. Sentence structure throughout paper made it difficult and/or impossible to read.20.0 pts

Total Points: 100.0

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