Sample Rubric for a Research Proposal: Intermediate Composition

Matthew Pearson, English Department, UW-Madison
This rubric reinforces the key components of an effective research proposal, starting with larger rhetorical concerns and moving to language, editing, and proofreading.

English 201—Section Eight

Instructor: Matthew Pearson


Final Paper Grading Rubric—Research Proposal in a Writing Course




Clear introduction or abstract (your choice), introducing the purpose, scope, and method of your project.


Literature review—six quality scholarly sources; clearly summarized; connection to your proposed research clear.


Significance of topic

Statement of problem—gap in knowledge about the topic; hypothesis if appropriate.


Proposal of how your study will help fill the gap—what new knowledge it might provide.



Clear methods section—description of measurements, tools for measurement, reasons for choosing tools, sample, reasons for sample choice.


Organization and logical progression of ideas at the paragraph and whole-paper levels.




Correct use of whatever citation style you choose (APA, MLA, ABA, Chicago…).



Style/language—clear actors as subjects of your sentences; active voice when appropriate.



Style/language—concision and cohesion between sentences and paragraphs.



Style/language—elegant use of tropes and schemes, when appropriate.



Careful editing/proofing.




 Your Grade (20% of final course grade):