Each of these areas, A through D below, lists a set of criteria for assessing your work. For each area, the criteria are arranged in order of increasing sophistication in engaging with the assignment. The general form is:1. Demonstrates minimal attention to context, audience, purpose, or to the assigned tasks(s) (e.g., expectation of instructor or self as audience).2. Demonstrates awareness of context, audience, purpose, or to the assigned tasks(s) (e.g., begins to show awareness of audience’s perceptions and assumptions).3. Demonstrates adequate consideration of context, audience, and purpose and a clear focus on the assigned task(s) (e.g., the task aligns with audience, purpose, and context).4. Demonstrates a thorough understanding of context, audience, and purpose that is responsive to the assigned task(s) and focuses all elements of the work.A. Effective Use of Synthesis to Development an Argument (Thesis)Recounts information from papers uncritically, does not interpret information.Constructs paper out of a series of summaries with no attention to synthesis.Clearly demonstrates ability to synthesize information from multiple sources.Synthesizes information from multiple sources and uses the synthesis to make an over-arching argument that goes beyond the individual sources.B. Sources and EvidenceDemonstrates an attempt to use sources to support ideas in the writing.Demonstrates an attempt to use credible and/or relevant sources to support ideas that are appropriate for the discipline and genre of the writing.Demonstrates consistent use of credible, relevant sources to support ideas that are situated within the discipline and genre of the writing.Demonstrates skillful use of high-quality, credible, relevant sources to develop ideas that are appropriate for the discipline and genre of the writingC. Content DevelopmentUses appropriate and relevant content to develop simple ideas in some parts of the work.Uses appropriate and relevant content to develop and explore ideas through most of the work.Uses appropriate, relevant, and compelling content to develop and support new ideas and observations within the context of the discipline and shape the whole work.Uses appropriate, relevant, and compelling content to illustrate mastery of the subject and ability to synthesize new ideas and observations from previously published manuscripts, conveying the writer’s understanding, and shaping the whole work.D. Genre and Disciplinary ConventionsAttempts to use a consistent system for basic organization and presentation.Follows expectations appropriate to the discipline of science for basic organization, content, and presentationDemonstrates consistent use of important conventions particular to the discipline of science, including organization, content, presentation, and stylistic choicesDemonstrates detailed attention to and successful execution of a wide range of conventions particular to the discipline of science including organization, content, presentation, formatting, and stylistic choicesE. Control of Syntax and MechanicsUses language that sometimes impedes meaning because of errors in usage.Uses language that generally conveys meaning to readers with clarity, although writing may include some errors.Uses straightforward language that generally conveys meaning to readers. The language in the portfolio has few errors.Uses graceful language that skillfully communicates meaning to readers with clarity and fluency, and is virtually error-free.