Synthesis of Film Reviews Rubric
|Variety & appropriateness of film reviews selected
|Reviews selected did not represent a reasonable variety. Criteria for selection not mentioned.
|Criteria for selection were superficial. Choices weak.
|Choices logical. Only partially or superficially explained criteria in terms of perspective, purpose, tone or discipline.
|Excellent choices. Fully articulated criteria in terms of perspective, purpose, tone or discipline.
|Identifying key concepts in sources, film reviews and film
|Does not discuss key ideas or concepts in film review sources.
|Attempts to identify main points or ideas in at least one film review source and film.
|Discusses at least one idea (may not be key) in both film review sources and film.
|Clearly discusses key ideas in both film reviews and film, including nuances.
|Identifying and describing interrelationships among key concepts in film reviews and film
|Does not identify interrelationships among key concepts in film reviews or film.
|Identifies one or more interrelationships among key concepts in at least one film review and film.
|Identifies two or more interrelationships among key concepts and combines them into new or fresh statements, but fails to fully develop or explain interrelationships.
|Identifies two or more interrelationships among key concepts and combines them into new rich statements, drawing interesting conclusions with supporting evidence.
|Relating own experiences of the film to the published film reviews
|Does not refer to own experience with film at all.
|Incorporates some acknowledgment of own experience with film but not in a substantive way.
|Makes a good attempt to integrate own experience in a substantive way.
|Own experience with the film clearly informs the discussion.
|Organizing synthesis argument logically into coherent paper
|Reader cannot follow. Paper is not coherent or logically organized.
|Evidence of overall plan, but lacks either clear transitions or coherence.
|Clear overall plan but some problems with either coherence or transitions.
|Coherent argument, logically organized with clear smooth transitions.
|Support of main thesis/ controlling ideas
|Fails to support thesis/ideas with details, examples, analysis or generalization.
|Limited, inconsistent or very weak support of thesis/ideas.
|Adequate support of thesis/ideas with details, examples, analysis or generalization.
|Thoughtfully supports thesis/ideas with details, examples, analysis or generalization.
|Title is simply an obvious restatement of the assignment, inappropriate to topic or missing.
|Title is vague, fails to capture the theme of the paper, or doesn’t match the content well.
|Title adequately reflects the content, theme, viewpoint of the paper.
|The essay has an interesting, original title that supports the style and viewpoint of the writer.
|Prose and style
|Serious problems with clarity, diction, vocabulary, syntax and/or mechanics.
|Some problems with clarity, diction, syntax and/or mechanics.
|Control of syntax and diction but lacking in precision and variety.
|Precision and variety of diction and syntax.
Effective academic voice
|Voice is inappropriate or inconsistent, too formal or informal; often overly vague or preachy.
|Voice sounds like a “skool” essay, written to fulfill an assignment, proficient and fluent but not engaged or unique. May sound canned, arrogant or close-minded.
|Voice is a good attempt at being fair and open-minded, ethically-aware, questioning, intellectually hard-working, engaged.
|Voice is curious, fair and open-minded, ethically-aware, questioning, intellectually hard-working, engaged.
|No evidence or misuse of quotation, paraphrase and/or summary to support main argument.
|Problems with using quotation, paraphrase and/or summary to support main argument.
|Demonstrates competence in using quotation, paraphrase and summary.
|Makes sophisticated use of quotation, paraphrase and summary to support main arguments.
|Citing sources in proper style.
|Source list incomplete, errors are major and numerous.
|All sources cited but there are numerous and major errors.
|All sources cited but there are numerous minor errors.
|Source list is complete and only minor errors.