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 Discipline-based Writing Rubric

CONTENT strong accep weak not
  1. How appropriate is the topic in terms of the assignment?
  2. How evident is the purpose for writing?
  3. To what extent is the evidence/information:
REASONING strong accept weak not
  1. How significant are the claims/ideas/purpose?
  2. what is the quality of the evidence?
  3. How sufficient is the context provided?
  4. What what extent are assumptions recognized and made explicit?
  5. To what extent does the interpretation and analysis of evidence/information/visuals show:
    Depth of thinking?
    Logical reasoning?
    Complex reasoning?
    Accurate conclusions?
    Informed recommendations?
ORGANIZATION strong accep weak not
  1. How well does the overall organization capture the designated purpose?
  2. To what extent does the ordering of information/evidence lead the reader through the text? (e.g., signposts, transitions, headings, bullets)
  3. How well do the parts connect with each other and the governing ideas?
  4. How well integrated are the visual and verbal elements?
RHETORIC OF THE DISCIPLINE strong accep weak not
  1. To what extent is there sufficient knowledge of the subject demsonstrated?
  2. To what extent does the use of specialized concepts demonstrate understanding?
  3. How appropriate to the discipline is the:
  4. To what extent is there evidence of disciplinary ways of thinking and an appropriate sense of audience?
CONVENTIONS/PRESENTATION strong accep weak not
  1. To what extent does the reveal evidence:
  2. How accurately and complete is the information cited?
  3. How appropriate is the documentation style?
  4. How effective is the format used, including visuals and diagrams?
OVERALL EVALUATION strong accep weak not

Consultation Times

Julie Dugger, WIS Director, is available for individual, small group or departmental consultations on any topic related to writing instruction and assessment as well as to consult on expectations for Writing Proficiency courses. 

To set up an appointment contact Julie at (360) 650-4989 or at julie.dugger@wwu.edu.


Writing Instruction Support is a Western Libraries program and Learning Commons partner.