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URSP 108: Uncovering Richmond

Course Guide for URSP 108, Fall 2019

How To Write a Book Review

Rubric for Grading Book Review

 

Grade Background Summary Evidence Review Mechanical  
A Gives relevant information about author and intended audience, positions text in scholarly debate. Clearly describes thesis, argument and conclusions of text. Shows good understanding of relevant main points and avoids extraneous detail. Perceptively describes and evaluates the kinds of evidence used to support the claims in the text , suggesting other potentially useful sources that would tend to confirm or refute argument. Thoughtful evaluation of strenghts and weaknesses of text, pointing to other texts that seem to support or weaken argument. Well organised presentation that fits time limits, presented with some animation rather than read,, creative use of handouts, visuals or other supports.  
B Gives some information about author and how text fits in scholarly debate. Clearly describes thesis, argument and conclusions of text, but sometimes gets bogged down in detail. Describes and evaluates the kinds of evidence used to support the claims in the text. Thoughtful evaluation of sthrengths and weaknesses of text, with some reference to other material. Clearly organised presentation that stays close to time limit, mostly presented and with some use of visual supports.  
C Some mention of background information. Describes some elements of thesis and argument, but misses or misunderstands some parts of the text. Describes most of the evidence used, and shows some ability to evaluate usefulness and relevance of evidence. Shows some understanding of strenghts and weaknessness of text, gives limited or no reference to other material. Shows some organisation, but may be too long, no visual supports.  
D Missing. Misses or misunderstands major parts of text. Describes some of the evidence used, but is not able to evaluate relevance and usefulness. Mostly ignores evaluation and focuses on summary. Lack of organisation, clearly too long.  
E Missing. Lacks basic understanding of the issue or assignment. Limited or no description of sources/evidence. None or little support for argument, misuse of sources (misunderstanding sources, using sources that are not relevant to argument). Lack of organisation, no understanding of time restraints, read rather than presented.  

(courtesy:http://www.utdallas.edu/~pkj010100/Grading%20rubrics.htm)