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ART HISTORY
Scorer ________________________
Paper ID code _________________
Minimal
Moderate
Excellent/
Unsatisfacto
Proficiency
Proficiency
(4)
ry (1)
(2)
(3)
AIM OF PAPER: Identifies and addresses topic directly; topic addressed corresponds to
1
assignment; topic, claim or question addressed is relevant for its readership and
appropriate in scope
CONTENT OF PAPER: Content of paper justifies argument/position adopted;
2
identifies and addresses relevant range of critical/scholarly perspectives; identifies
and addresses sufficient range of pertinent artistic material
STRUCTURE OF PAPER: Uses sections and paragraphs to give logical structure and
3
fluency to development of argument; uses introductory paragraph(s) to set out
question/thesis to be examined; uses body of text examine question/thesis; uses
concluding paragraph(s) to resolve question/thesis
ARGUMENT OF PAPER: Argument clearly expressed and sustained throughout paper
4
at the level expected; argument based on appropriate balance between analysis of art
works and analysis of scholarship; use of quotation to strengthen argument, rather
than simply cull factual information; demonstrates awareness of pertinent issues
outside immediate art historical context of paper
ANALYSIS OF ART WORKS: Argument demonstrates critical analysis of artworks at
5
level expected; argument demonstrates sensitivity to potential and limitations of
artworks under consideration, both in themselves and as discrete categories of
evidence
ANALYSIS OF TEXTUAL SOURCES: Argument demonstrates critical analysis of
6
relevant literature at level expected; makes appropriate distinctions between classes of
evidence and source, e.g. artist's statements, contemporary critics and later
commentators; primary and secondary sources etc
LANGUAGE: Evinces a prose style, a tone, word/terminology/language choices, verb
7
tenses, syntax, and other stylistic moves appropriate to academic writing in art history
at the undergraduate level
PRESENTATION: Grammar, mechanics, spelling, punctuation, proofreading, and
8
formatting
CITATIONS: Appropriate, accurate and consistent use of references, citations, and
9
bibliography in keeping with departmental guidelines (Chicago Style)
HOLISTIC RATING: Assessment of the paper as work of art history, both in its
10
broadest sense and in the particular form engaged by the topic and genre
Notes: ______________________________________________________________________________________________
ART HISTORY
Scorer ________________________
Paper ID code _________________
Minimal
Moderate
Excellent/
Unsatisfacto
Proficiency
Proficiency
(4)
ry (1)
(2)
(3)
AIM OF PAPER: Identifies and addresses topic directly; topic addressed corresponds to
1
assignment; topic, claim or question addressed is relevant for its readership and
appropriate in scope
CONTENT OF PAPER: Content of paper justifies argument/position adopted;
2
identifies and addresses relevant range of critical/scholarly perspectives; identifies
and addresses sufficient range of pertinent artistic material
STRUCTURE OF PAPER: Uses sections and paragraphs to give logical structure and
3
fluency to development of argument; uses introductory paragraph(s) to set out
question/thesis to be examined; uses body of text examine question/thesis; uses
concluding paragraph(s) to resolve question/thesis
ARGUMENT OF PAPER: Argument clearly expressed and sustained throughout paper
4
at the level expected; argument based on appropriate balance between analysis of art
works and analysis of scholarship; use of quotation to strengthen argument, rather
than simply cull factual information; demonstrates awareness of pertinent issues
outside immediate art historical context of paper
ANALYSIS OF ART WORKS: Argument demonstrates critical analysis of artworks at
5
level expected; argument demonstrates sensitivity to potential and limitations of
artworks under consideration, both in themselves and as discrete categories of
evidence
ANALYSIS OF TEXTUAL SOURCES: Argument demonstrates critical analysis of
6
relevant literature at level expected; makes appropriate distinctions between classes of
evidence and source, e.g. artist's statements, contemporary critics and later
commentators; primary and secondary sources etc
LANGUAGE: Evinces a prose style, a tone, word/terminology/language choices, verb
7
tenses, syntax, and other stylistic moves appropriate to academic writing in art history
at the undergraduate level
PRESENTATION: Grammar, mechanics, spelling, punctuation, proofreading, and
8
formatting
CITATIONS: Appropriate, accurate and consistent use of references, citations, and
9
bibliography in keeping with departmental guidelines (Chicago Style)
HOLISTIC RATING: Assessment of the paper as work of art history, both in its
10
broadest sense and in the particular form engaged by the topic and genre
Notes: ______________________________________________________________________________________________
ART HISTORY
Student writing assessment for Art History Papers
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1. Aim of Paper
Lacks an articulated or
Aim is implied or articulated in
Aim articulated in a coherent
Aim articulated in the clearest
clearly implied sense of
manner that lacks real
manner, but lacks either the
and most comprehensive manner
aim of paper only in as
coherence.
comprehensive overview or real
that one might expect from an
far as text addresses a
strength of purpose one might
undergraduate.
coherent topic area
expect from an undergraduate.
2. Content of
Covers such a limited
Covers at least the minor
Discusses a majority of the
Discusses a full range of material
Paper
range of material that
portion of material necessary to
material necessary to achieve
to achieve stated aim and to
reader can only conclude
achieve the stated aim.
the stated aim and to justify the
justify argument adopted at the
that more has been
Bibliography attains minimum
argument adopted.
highest level expected of
omitted than included.
expected.
undergraduate students.
3. Structure of
At best quixotic.
Components organized in a
Components organized in a
Paper is clearly structured and in
Paper
broadly logical manner but
logical manner and the integrity
a manner that both serves and
fundamental flaws remain that
of the structure is maintained
furthers the aim, content,
threaten to undermine the
across the whole of the paper,
argument and analysis.
integrity of this structure.
though some weaknesses
remain, esp. in terms of
conception and development.
4. Argument of
Paper essentially lacks an
Seeks to put forward an
Broadly coherent argument
Sophisticated argument that
Paper
real or coherent argument
argument but this is either
substantiated in evidence and
draws on the full range of both
that one might reasonably
prone to incoherence or
through analysis of sources.
visual and textual sources
expect from a weak non-
depends on generalizations
Attempts to engage with
identified and that is appropriate
art history student
and/or offers little reasoned
scholarly discourse at a level
to the evidence available and the
analysis in order to substantiate
one might reasonably expect
approach adopted. Work of the
claims. Generally unsuccessful
from undergraduates.
highest level expected of
in relating narrative to
undergraduate students.
argument.
5. Analysis of
At best art works
Attempts to analyze art works
Analysis of art works is
Sophisticated analysis of art
Art Works
included for no reason
but consistently remains
inconsistent, but overall
works exemplary of the best
other than ‘it is an art
restricted to description or at
contributes successfully to the
work expected of undergraduates
history paper’.
best simple juxtaposition of
argument of the essay.
in art history.
this with arguments drawn
from textual sources.
6. Analysis of
Analysis of textual
Use of textual sources often for
Solid use of textual sources in a
Sophisticated analysis of textual
Textual Sources
sources very limited and
the simple derivation of factual
manner broadly sensitive to the
sources that drives the argument.
generally where textual
information but in places
nature of the evidence therein
Work exemplary of the best work
ART HISTORY
sources are engaged this
analysis is attempted
and such as to bring a
expected of undergraduates in art
is done either for factual
successfully. Demonstrates a
reasonable level of
history.
content alone or else
basic awareness of the
sophistication to the argument
without any clear sense
differences between and the
put forward.
of purpose.
value of the various categories
of textual source available.
7 Language
Paper written in a style
Paper represents an attempt to
Paper represents a solid and
Paper written in style and tone
and tone inappropriate
write in the style and tone
generally successful attempt to
that is exemplary of the best
for art history writing at
expected of art history
write in the style and tone
undergraduate art history writing
college/university level.
undergraduates but is prone to
expected of art history
at college/university level.
lapses especially in general
undergraduates.
maturity and formality.
8. Presentation
Whether for reasons of
Errors in grammar, spelling
Errors in grammar, spelling and
No more than nominal errors in
poor literacy or laziness,
and punctuation present but
punctuation pose no hurdle to
grammar, spelling, punctuation
in too many places errors
these do not prevent the reader
comprehension and are
and typography.
of grammar, spelling and
from understanding the vast
indicative of either isolated
punctuation obscure
majority of what is written.
problems with literacy or lapses
comprehension.
in proofreading.
9. Citations
At best, an unknowing or
Clear attempt to use proper
Proper style of citation used
Exemplary use of citations
unthinking use of
style of citations appropriately
appropriately, consistently and
throughout the paper.
citations done in a
and to do so throughout the
accurately throughout. Errors
manner that is erroneous
paper. Where there are errors,
remain but these are all isolated
or inconsistent.
these are not systemic.
and minor.
10. Holistic
Paper is unacceptable for
Paper is acceptable for credit in
Paper represents a solid
Paper represents an excellent
Rating
credit in a college-level
a college-level undergraduate
example of undergraduate
example of undergraduate
undergraduate course.
course but at best problems
writing in art history in which
writing in art history.
overwhelm its success.
qualities outweigh flaws.
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