1. Topic is defined and focused. Paper has a clear thesis supported by relevant evidence/examples.
2. Sources are used carefully and are cited appropriately. Reasoning is sound and logical.
3. Paper establishes a stance in a larger debate. Paper also considers an academic audience and adheres to its purpose.
4. Organization is appropriate. Introduction establishes context, purpose, and audience—with a focused thesis.
Supporting paragraphs progress logically. Conclusion addresses the “So what?” question.
5. The paper is clear, readable, often memorable, and almost entirely free of proofreading errors.
6. 8-10 pages