Arguing a Position
____ The issue the student is writing about is not really an issue: there is no counter argument.
____ The issue is not adequately described or opposing views are not clearly explained.
____ The writer does not assert a position on the issue; the writer may waffle, agreeing with one side and then the other, but never taking a stand.
____ The writer merely reports opposing positions.
____ The thesis is asserted too soon or too late.
____ The key
terms of the thesis do not seem appropriate and are not carried through
____ It is difficult to see why the writer takes the position; the reasons would be difficult or impossible to list.
____ There is no explicitly cued, logical progression to the argument.
____ The argument would be stronger if the points were arranged in a different order.
____ Support is thin--relatively few examples, anecdotes, statistics, etc.
____ The argument is adequately supported but seems flat, uncommitted, lacking surprises or insights, and likely to bore readers.
____ The writer ignores readers--no objections or opposing arguments accommodated or refuted.
____ The tone seems inappropriate to the writer's purpose and assumed readers.
____ The citations and sources reveal a superficial or incomplete search for information.
____ Certain sources are inappropriate, dated, or peripheral.
____ The essay relies too much or too little on quoted material.
____ Quoted material is not integrated smoothly into the writer's text.
____ Sources cited are not in the reference list.
____ Citations and references do not consistently follow an accepted documentation style.