Final Project Grading Criteria

“A” projects contain the following:

General

  1. Project was turned in on time.
  2. All project elements were completed before the project deadline.

Written Elements

Narrative

  1. Strength of argument: the project has a clearly stated argument and that argument is coherent, interesting, cogent, historical, and shows some original thinking about the topic.
  2. Use of evidence: The argument is supported by the appropriate level of primary and digital evidence. The project uses the digital elements as illustrations, evidence, and proof of the argument presented (not just as window dressing); project relies on primary source evidence and uses secondary sources to provide context.
  3. Coherence, grammar & style: Writing is proofread, grammatical, and lively. The introduction and the conclusion match the remainder of the project; all thoughts are complete and the project flows coherently from one idea to another.
  4. Citations: All sources are clearly marked in-line using footnotes;footnote info matches what is in bibliography.
  5. Length: Project meets the designated length requirements (approx the equivalent to 4-6 double-spaced pages of text, ~ 1000-1500 words) and uses the length wisely with no filler words or sentences — the text is coherent, clear and thoughtfully conveys the argument and context of the project.

About

  1. This written piece includes thoughtful reflection upon the project process per the final project assignment; it is coherent, grammatically-correct, and spell-checked.

Bibliography

  1. Bibliography includes all sources reviewed, not just works cited; Bibliography is organized by Primary and Secondary sources.
  2. All citations are complete; bibliography is neat, consistent and uses the formal Chicago Style. All digital resources include the URL.

Digital Elements

Technology

  1. All web pages, links, navigation elements work; site is clearly navigable.
  2. All images and interactive elements are properly embedded in a web page and everything that is supposed to work does work.
  3. The visual aspects of the site and the presentation (theme, fonts, colors, navigation, page construction) are well-thought-out, attractive and meaningful; the visual design is in line with the overall tone and purpose of the project and the organization of the site is logical.

Digital Elements

  1. Site includes at least 2 historical images that you have the right to republish; images are contextually relevant and citations and captions are informative.
  2. Site includes at least 2 original digital elements, including maps, graphs, timelines, charts, OR infographics that help support or advance the argument of the project. Additional elements can be used as needed, but the same relevance applies. All digital elements must be original, created by you and based on your research.
  3. Chosen digital elements are relevant to the argument and help to support key evidentiary talking points or the overall argument of the project.
  4. Coherence: The digital elements are coherent, neat, properly titled.
  5. Digital and visual elements are properly introduced and discussed in the text; their context and purpose are explained.