"They Say, I Say" rubric (work-in-progress)
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Establish "They Say"
sentence-level
  • - Excellent summarization that also previews your position.
  • - Excellent summarization of someone else's position.
  • - Excellent use of signaling verbs.
  • - This summary is somewhat adequate, but could be more clearly articulated.
  • - Summary seems accurate but is somewhat aimless. Needs to be shaded toward where your argument is headed.
  • - This does not seem like a fair summary.
  • - There may be some distortions of the other person's position.
  • - The "They Say" is missing. Need to establish their argument here.
  • - The summary is so distorted that it bears no resemblance to its original intent.
Develop "I Say"
sentence-level
  • - Clearly distinguished your position from "them."
  • - You do differentiate your position from "them," but you could be more precise.
  • - Your position seems disconnected with "them." How do the two positions relate to one another?
  • - It's not clear what your position is.
Refer back to "Them"
sentence-level
  • - Nice job returning to the motivating "They Say"
  • - You do reference the motivating "They Say" but it's not clear enough why you're bringing them back in.
  • - Not clear exactly what you're referring back to here.
  • - Need to refer back to your motivating "They Say" here.
Introduce Quotations
sentence-level
  • - Excellent introduction to the quotation.
  • - Introduction to the quotation could be stronger.
  • - Not clear why you included this quotation.
  • - Quotation was not adequately introduced.
  • - Need a quotation to establish this point.
Explain Quotations
sentence-level
  • - Excellent explanation of the quotation.
  • - Explanation of the quotation could be stronger.
  • - Relevance of the quotation was not adequately explained.
  • - Quotation seems completely irrelevant. Needs stronger framing or choose a different quotation.
Writing Register
whole document
  • - Reads like you are an "insider" and can converse comfortably in their world.
  • - Close to matching the conversation's register.
  • - Awkward mismatch between your writing and the register of the conversation you are trying to enter into.
  • - Stylistically too far off the target; you need to attempt to engage in the conversation in its expected register.


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