Outcome g

 (g)  Ability to communicate effectively.










Presentation of ideas/ organization of paper

Bland presentation; sequencing and pace of topics seems random; doesn't lead up to any clear conclusions;

Some of the ideas are presented well; others are lacking; offers plausible conclusion(s);

Ideas are well organized and help the reader move along; the key points are presented but does not demonstrate in-depth understanding; leads up to convincing conclusion(s);

The paper/presentation is clear and focused; relevant, quality details give the reader/audience important information; helps the reader/audience develop *insight* into the topic.


Sources not referenced

All sources (information and graphics) are accurately documented, but many are not in MLA format. Contains two or more non-scholarly sources.

All sources (information and graphics) are accurately documented, but a few are not in MLA format.

All sources are accurately documented in MLA format. All sources are scholarly and peer-reviewed.

Organization and mechanics of Presentation

Audience cannot understand presentation because of poor organization; introduction is undeveloped or irrelevant; main points and conclusion are unclear; numerous mistakes; speaker not always sure about what is coming next

Audience has difficulty following presentation because of some abrupt jumps; some of the main points are unclear or not sufficient stressed; boring slides; no glaring mistakes but lacks effort

Satisfactory organization; clear introduction; main points are well stated, even if some transitions are somewhat sudden; clear conclusion; generally good slides; effectively conveys points

Superb organization; clear introduction; main points well stated and argued, with each leading to the next point of the talk; clear summary and conclusion; entire presentation maintains audience’s interest

Delivery of Presentation

Presenter hard to understand or inaudible; reads most of the presentation from slides or notes with no eye contact; seems unaware of audience reactions

Low voice, occasionally inaudible; some distracting filler words and gestures; occasional eye contact with audience but mostly reads presentation; some awareness of at least a portion of the audience; only brief responses to the questions asked by the audience

Clear voice, generally effective delivery; minimal distracting gestures, etc., but somewhat monotone; generally aware of the reactions of the audience; maintains good eye contact with the audience while speaking and answering questions

Natural, confident delivery that conveys the message, excellent use of volume and pace; keeps the audience engaged throughout the presentation; modifies material as required based on the questions asked by the audience and their comments; keenly aware of the reactions of the audience


Sections out of order, too much handwritten copy, sloppy formatting. No title page

Sections in order, contains the minimum allowable amount of handwritten copy, formatting is rough but readable

All sections in order, formatting generally good but could still be improved

All sections in order, well-formatted, very readable.


Consistent problems with word choices and sentence structure, leaving the reader unsure of the meaning; often resorts to jargon/ clichés.

Words and sentences are adequate in general but lack energy; reader has to struggle to keep reading to the end; multiple grammatical issues

Good writing style; sentences flow smoothly and evenly; less than 3 grammatical issues

Compelling writing style; connects strongly with the reader and keeps him or her engaged right to the end. No Grammatical issues

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