PROJECT FOUR: Scholarly Article Review – 25 points; due 10/01
CRITERIA FOR WRITING A REVIEW OF A SCHOLARLY ARTICLE
Instructions: Write at least a three page, double-spaced review. Add a bibliography page.
deGraaf, Lawrence B. “Race, Sex, and Region: Black Women in the American West, 1850-1920.” Pacific Historical Review, 49, 2 (May 1980): 285-313.
Questions to Ask and Answer When Reading a Journal Article:
When writing the review:
Grading Rubric for Scholarly Article Review Essay
The grading scale based upon 25 points is: A=25-23; B=22-20; C=19-18; D=17-15; F=14 or below.
To earn an A or 25-23 points:
The student writes a strong, analytical essay that demonstrates a clear thesis and a solid understanding of the article and historical context, effective and consistent use of one or more primary sources and two or more secondary sources. The essay offers an original interpretation. The structure and organization of the essay contributes to the effectiveness of the argument. Footnotes are used correctly; the bibliography is accurate. Sentences are well-constructed, with clear transitions between paragraphs. Spelling and grammar are excellent.
To earn a B or 22-20 points:
The student writes a clear thesis, however, the essay is more descriptive than analytical. The essay demonstrates an understanding of the article and historical context. The interpretation is not original, but clearly expressed. The essay shows a consistent and effective use of one primary source and two secondary sources. The organization is mostly logical, but could use improvement. Sources for footnotes and bibliography are generally correct. The sentences and transitions are mostly well-constructed. Spelling and grammar may contain a few errors.
To earn a C or 19-18 points:
The student’s thesis is only descriptive and the interpretation is weak. There are errors in the description of the article and in the historical context. The essay only incorporates one primary source and one secondary source. The organization needs improving. Sentences are often unclear; word choice is often poor. There are errors in footnote and bibliographical citations. Grammar, sentence structure, and spelling need improvement.
To earn a D or 17-15 points:
The thesis is unclear and the essay describes the article inaccurately. The essay evidences a lack of understanding of the historical context. The essay only incorporates one secondary source. The organization is poor; sentences are unclear; word choice is poor. Sources for the footnote and bibliography are cited incorrectly. Grammar, sentence structure, and spelling are below standard.
To earn a F or 14 points or below:
The essay lacks a thesis, shows no interpretation, and demonstrates a misunderstanding of the article and the historical context. No primary or secondary sources are used. The organization is illogical; sentences are often unintelligible. Few, if any citations are given. The essay is missing a bibliography. Grammar, sentence structure, and spelling are far below standard.
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