TOK Essay Rubric

TOK: ESSAY ON A PRESCRIBED TITLE
 
 

 

Grade:

E

D

C

B

A

Mark range

:

0 – 10

11 - 16

17 - 22

23 - 29

30 - 40

CRITERION
0
1-2
3-4
5-6
7-8
9-10
A/ Understanding of Knowledge Issues
     /10
Does not achieve minimum (Level 1) requirements
Very little treatment or understanding of knowledge issues relevant to the prescribed title.  Areas of knowledge/ways of knowing merely mentioned
Some treatment and rudimentary understanding of knowledge issues relevant to the prescribed title. Some links to areas of knowledge/ways of knowing attempted but largely ineffective
For the most part, essay treats knowledge issues relevant to the prescribed title, and demonstrates some understanding of them. Some effective links drawn between areas of knowledge/ways of knowing
Essay consistently maintains focus on knowledge issues relevant to the prescribed title. Effective links and some comparisons between areas of knowledge/ways of knowing. Good understanding demonstrated.
Essay consistently maintains focus on knowledge issues relevant to the prescribed title. Effective links and comparisons between areas of knowledge/ways of knowing are elaborated. Sophisticated understanding demonstrated.
B/ Knower’s Perspective
     /10
Does not achieve minimum (Level 1) requirements
No evidence of independent thinking. Limited personal engagement with the knowledge issues. No attempt to acknowledge or explore different perspectives. No appropriate examples.
Little evidence of independent thinking. Some personal engagement with knowledge issues. Different perspectives may be mentioned but there is no attempt to explore them. Examples chosen are sometimes appropriate.
Some evidence of independent thinking. Essay shows personal engagement with the knowledge issues. Awareness that different perspectives exist, but little attempt to explore them. Examples chosen are appropriate but have little variation in source.
Adequate evidence of independent thinking. Essay shows thoughtful, personal engagement with the knowledge issues and some self-awareness as a knower. Different perspectives acknowledged with some attempt at exploration. Examples are effective with some variety.
Much evidence of independent thinking. Essay shows personal, reflective exploration of the knowledge issues, and self- awareness as a knower. Serious consideration of different perspectives. Examples are varied and effectively used.
C/ Quality of Analysis of Knowledge Issues
   /10
Does not achieve minimum (Level 1) requirements
No inquiry, only description. Few attempts at justifying main points. Little evidence of awareness of counterclaims.
Inquiry partly explores but largely describes. Some justification of main points. Some coherent argument. Counterclaims implicitly identified.
Inquiry explores knowledge issues. Most points justified. Most arguments coherent. Some counterclaims considered.
Inquiry explores with some insight, depth and/or detail. All or nearly all main points are justified. Arguments are coherent. Counterclaims are explored. Implications of argument identified.
Inquiry explores with a high degree of insight and in considerable depth and/or detail. All main points justified. Counterclaims explored and evaluated. Implications and underlying assumptions identified.
D/ Organization of Ideas
 /10
Does not achieve minimum (Level 1) requirements
Essay is poorly structured. Little overall organization. Difficult to understand. Factual information used contains significant inaccuracies. Sources of information/ideas may not be acknowledged. No attempt at referencing.
Essay is poorly structured. Limited overall organization. Sometimes difficult to understand. Attempts to explain or explore the meaning of terms adds little clarity. Factual information used is not always reliable. Some acknowledgement of sources of information/ideas. Attempt at referencing is not complete or precise enough.
Essay is satisfactorily structured. Adequate overall organization. Generally, concepts used clearly and explained adequately. Factual information is mostly correct. Most sources of information/ideas acknowledged. Referencing present although may be lacking in precision. Word limit met.
Essay is well-structured, and clearly organized. Concepts are used/developed clearly, and explained where appropriate. Factual information is correct. Sources of information/ideas are acknowledged. Referencing is mostly precise. Word limit met.
Essay is very well structured, with effective overall organization. Concepts are used clearly and refined by helpful explanation where appropriate. Factual information is correct. Sources of information/ideas acknowledged. All referencing permits tracing of sources. Word limit met.

 

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