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Vocational Research Paper

Your vocational paper can be about any career that interests you and can be researched without any great difficultly. Like all of our research papers, you will be doing notecards, an outline, and a rough draft, in addition to your final copy.

Requirements:

At least four typed pages, double spaced, 12 point font
A minimum of four sources
Each source must be cited at least once in the paper
MLA documentation
The last page of your paper will be a Works Cited page. Failure to turn in a Works Cited page will result in a zero for the paper.

Your paper should also include the following information:

I. Creative introduction
II. History of occupation
III. Job description
IV. Education/ training
V. Salary/ benefits
VI. Advantages
VII. Disadvantages
VIII. Future outlook
IX. Conclusion

Notecards due on: ________ (minimum 15 notecards & 3 source cards)
Outline due on: _________
Rough Draft due on: ________ (be prepared to peer edit)
FINAL DRAFT DUE ON: _______ (minimum of four sources needed!)

NO EXCEPTIONS TO FINAL DRAFT DUE DATE!

 

Vocational Research Paper Rubric

Notecards:

Your notecard grade will be based on how much information you have researched and how well you have organized. paraphrased, and summarized it. Notecards should also follow the standard MLA format (like a research paper).

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2
3
4
5
<10 notecards, not properly cited, does not follow MLA format, info not efficiently organized
<10 notecards, not properly cited, loosely follows MLA format, info somewhat organized
11-15 notecards, properly cited, follows MLA format, info is adequately organized
15 notecards, properly cited, follows MLA format, info well organized
15+ notecards, properly cited, excellent organization, very good effort

Source Cards:

Your source cards should follow MLA standards for bibliographical entries.

1
2
3
4
5
not enough source cards, improperly cited, does not follow proper MLA format
not enough source cards, improperly cited, loosely follows MLA format
minimum # of source cards, properly cited, somewhat follows MLA format
minimum # of source cards, properly cited, follows MLA format
above avg. # of source cards, follows MLA format

Note cards: ______ X 5: _____/ 25
Source cards: _____ X 5: _____/ 25
Total pts: ______/ 50

Outline:

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2
3
4
5
outline incomplete, does not have all sections and/or necessary info
outline partially complete, has most sections and some necessary info
outline complete, has all sections and necessary info
outline complete, all sections done well, has all necessary info & specifics
outline complete, all sections done very well w/ info & specifics

Outline: _____ X 4: _____/ 20

 

Rough Draft:

To earn a "6" --

  • Focus: thesis statement must be clear and preview all main points, attention getter must clearly introduce the topic
  • Support/ Elaboration: most major points are detailed with specifics and credible facts
  • Organization: good paragraphs with main points connected; some good transitions between paragraphs
  • Conventions: a few major grammatical or mechanical errors that can easily be corrected for final draft
  • Integration: all features of good and effective writing present; indicates final draft should be a well-developed essay

To earn a "5" --

  • Focus: thesis statement clear, gives general preview of main points, attention getter could do a little better job of introducing topic
  • Support/ Elaboration: most major points are detailed with specifics and credible facts
  • Organization: good paragraphs with main points connected; OK transitions between paragraphs
  • Conventions: some minor grammatical or mechanical errors, few major; can easily be corrected for final draft
  • Integration: most features of good writing present, but not all equally developed

To earn a "4" --

  • Focus: thesis statement clear, gives vague preview of main points, attention getter could do a lot better job of introducing topic
  • Support/ Elaboration: some major points are detailed with specifics and credible facts
  • Organization: some good paragraphs with main points connected; minor digressions, transitions between paragraphs need work before final draft
  • Conventions: enough grammatical or mechanical errors to warrant a better proofreading job
  • Integration: essentials of good writing present; extra effort on final draft can result in above-average grade

To earn a "3" --

  • Focus: thesis statement not really clear, does not preview main points very well, attention getter is lackluster
  • Support/ Elaboration: most major points are general, some not credible
  • Organization: bad paragraphing, major digressions, few transitions between paragraphs
  • Conventions: several major grammatical or mechanical errors, many minor
  • Integration: not all features of effective writing are developed; would be a below-average final draft

To earn a "2" --

  • Focus: thesis statement confusing, shifts and scatters main points, no attention getter
  • Support/ Elaboration: attempted support statements, lists them
  • Organization: weak plan, vague structure
  • Conventions: many major grammatical or mechanical errors, confusing
  • Integration: weak try, confusing; unacceptable for final draft

To earn a "1" --

  • Focus: thesis statement unclear, too short
  • Support/ Elaboration: no support, insufficient
  • Organization: no plan, too short
  • Conventions: major confusion, short
  • Integration: most features of effective writing absent, too short

Rough Draft pts: _____/ 30

 

Final Draft:

To earn a 90-100, your paper must

  • be well-thought out and organized,
  • throughly answer all necessary criteria,
  • be at least two full pages in length,
  • be free of grammatical and mechanical errors,
  • contain several textual citations.

To earn a 80-89, your paper must

  • be logical and organized,
  • answer all necessary criteria,
  • be at least two full pages in length,
  • contain only a few grammatical or mechanical errors,
  • contain some textual citations.

To earn a 70-79, your paper must

  • be fairly organized and coherent,
  • answer most criteria,
  • be at least two full pages in length,
  • contain a few major grammatical or mechanical errors, some minor,
  • contain some textual citations.

To earn a 60-69, your paper must

  • be unorganized and somewhat incoherent,
  • fail to adequately answer all necessary criteria,
  • be two pages or less in length,
  • contain some major grammatical or mechanical errors, few minor,
  • contain little to no textual citations.

To earn a 59 or below, your paper must

  • be poorly organized, sloppy, and show little to no effort,
  • very little of the necessary criteria,
  • be less than two full pages in length,
  • contain several grammatical or mechanical errors,
  • contain little to no textual citations.

Final Draft pts: _____/ 100

Content Standards: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14
Process Standards: 16, 19

 

 

 


 
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