In class we discussed James Rachels critique of Cultural Relativism. Do you find his criticisms persuasive? Why or why not?
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Response Paper RubricResponse Paper RubricCriteriaRatingsPtsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeThesis StatementStudent must provide a thesis statement that: (a) states positing that will be defended, (b) provides a brief overview as to how it will be defended.
5 to >4.0 pts Excellent Student provides thesis statement that provides reader a clear sense of what the paper will defend, and how it will be defended.
4 to >3.0 pts Good Student provides thesis statement that provides reader a clear sense of what the paper will defend, but lacks some details concerning how it will be defended.
3 to >0.0 pts Fair Student provides thesis statement, but it lacks specificity/is vague and fails to provide reader with clear direction of the papers purpose.
0 pts Poor Student provides no thesis statement.
5 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Engagement With Readings and LecturesStudent is graded on:(1) level of detail(2) level of accuracy.
30 to >28.0 pts Excellent Student engages with readings/lectures at a significant level of detail and contains no errors.
28 to >25.5 pts Good Student engages with readings/lectures at a suitable level of detail and is free of major errors.25.5 to >21.0 ptsFairStudent engages with readings/lectures some but (a) lacks sufficient detail, or (b) contains notable errors.21 to >0 ptsPoorStudent: (a) fails to engage with reading/lectures, (b) engagement is very superficial, or (c) engagement contains significant errors.30 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeArgumentationThe student’s paper must defend a position. The plausibility and cogency of argument with be graded.20 to >19.0 ptsExcellentThe student makes a strong argument, for a clearly defined position, considers potential objections carefully, and has no obvious unargued assumptions/premises.19 to >16.0 ptsGoodThe student makes a reasonable argument, for a clearly defined position. Their argument may contain some weaknesses or unargued assumptions/premises.16 to >14.0 ptsFairThe student makes an attempt to offer argumentation for a position, but (a) their position is not clearly defined, or (b) their argument lacks persuasive force.14 to >0 ptsPoorThe student: (a) makes no argument, or (b) establishes no clear position to be defended, (c) argument lacks any persuasive force.20 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeOrganization20 to >19.0 ptsExcellentThe students paper has a clear organization, and adheres exactly to the required outline19 to >16.0 ptsGoodThe students paper has a clear organization and mostly adheres to the required organization.16 to >14.0 ptsFairThe students paper has a discernable organization and somewhat adheres to the required outline.14 to >0 ptsPoorThe students paper is highly disorganized/does not follow the required outline.20 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWriting Style20 to >19.0 ptsExcellentThe students writing displays a high level of sophistication, appropriate word use, and no awkward constructions.19 to >16.0 ptsGoodThe students writing displays an appropriate (college) level of sophistication, but may contain some awkward or vague constructions.16 to >14.0 ptsFairThe students writing displays average level of sophistication and some awkward/vague/obscure constructions.14 to >0 ptsPoorThe students writing lacks sophistication, or contains numerous awkward constructions.20 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeGrammar5 to >4.0 ptsExcellentStudents paper contains no grammatical errors.4 to >3.0 ptsGoodStudents paper contains few grammatical errors.3 to >2.0 ptsFairThe students paper contains notable grammatical errors.2 to >0 ptsPoorThe students paper contains significant grammatical errors5 pts
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