Analytical Summaries Grading Criteria*

Satisfactory summaries will display one or the other set of characteristics:

  1. Student demonstrates a thorough understanding of the article and is able to effectively communicate this knowledge. The student uses examples, diagrams, statistics, etc., to develop his or her ideas and to aid the reader. The summary supplies evidence that supports the paper’s thesis and also conveys the author’s reasoning and justification. The writer has clearly identified the major players in the articles and their perspectives on the issue, problem, or question identified in the article. The summa ry is well organized, has a consistent point of view and mood, and is free of distracting grammatical, spelling, and typographical errors.

  2. Student demonstrates an understanding of the article and includes accurate words, facts, and figures. While the summary is polished and attractive, it lacks a complete t development of ideas in an organized, coherent way. For example, the student may fail to identify all the players and their perspectives, or may list statistics, but ail to synthesize material. The writing may lack effective order, coordination, and subordination of ideas. The summary, nevertheless, is free of distracting grammatical, spelling, and typographical errors.
Unsatisfactory summaries will display the following types of characteristics:

  1. Student shows a minimal understanding of the article. Often the student, though able to define terms relating to the article in his or her own words, is unable to apply this knowledge to the particular situation under discussion. Student may fail to d raw obvious conclusions from data presented or may draw conclusions that are not supported by facts. The summary may not be well organized and may contain some grammatical, spelling, and typographical errors.

  2. Student communicates only a minimal knowledge of the article. The student is able to recite definitions relating to the subject matter (basically memorization) but is unable to translate, interpret, or extrapolate. The summary lacks effective and appr opriate examples. Key players and their positions on the subject are not identified. The writer fails to maintain focus and appears to be unclear as to the purpose of his or her article. Summary may be poorly organized or contain grammatical errors that d istract the reader and prevent effective communication.

  3. Student does not demonstrate an understanding of the assigned task or the article. Summary contains many severe grammatical errors and is incoherent.
* This grading rubric was adapted from Julie Dahlquist’s "Writing Assignments in Finance: Development and Evaluation." Financial Practice and Education. Spring/Summer 1995, Vol. 5, No. 1, 107-112.