Writer: Student A


Rubric for Project A: Comparison of Popular and Academic Sources








  • Provides a general introduction to the topic that is the subject of the author’s articles.
  • Introduces the two different articles to be compared, e.g., identifies the authors and article titles and provides some background, previews their main points and basic assumptions.
  • Includes a thesis statement that summarizes the conclusion of the comparison (how are these articles similar? how are they different?).
  • Thesis statement is SCAPy (specific, comprehensive, analytical, and provable)



Analysis (body of the paper)

  • Describes the basic approach of each author: explains the author’s primary claim and line of reasoning and identifies his or her basic stance on the topic.
  • Organizes the comparison in “blocks” or point-by-point; in either case clearly highlighting points of comparison and contrast.
  • Topic sentences are SAPy (specific, analytical, and provable)
  • Uses specific examples from the articles (brief summaries, paraphrases, direct quotes) to illustrate these assumptions and comparisons.





  • Reiterates comparison claim.
  • Reflects on what the similarities and differences reveal about the distinctive features of academic writing.
  • Reflects more generally on the topic. Suggests directions for further discussion.





Overall presentation

  • Evidence is well documented, following MLA format for in-text citations and reference list.
  • Paper reads smoothly and logically.
  • Grammar, spelling, and mechanics are correctly applied.



Grade & Comments:


Max, a truly outstanding paper!  I really appreciate your gift for keen & insightful rhetorical analysis, writing style, and use of evidence.  You certainly show the ability to not only write in a sophisticated manner, but to also exhibit original & higher-order thinking.  I especially appreciated how you took care to isolate the most relevant aspects of Linton and apply them to the two articles, making your points effectively.  Finally, you possess a talent for using quotes to “jazz” up & add to your own analyses—I want to use your example in class if that’s OK with you. Only a few points to improve: work on 1) tightening your intro, 2) creating a truly SCAPy thesis,  3) tighter, SAPy topic sentences, 4) a more powerful conclusion, and 5) mechanics issues, such as “ “ around articles & introducing new texts properly, such as Linton.  Otherwise would have been a solid A for sure (I want you to do the error analysis log J) A- 92%.