How to Grade Papers

Andy Naselli —  April 3, 2014 — 3 Comments

Mark Boda prepared this rubric for grading written assignments:


Grading papers is obviously more subjective than grading multiple choice or true/false, and Boda’s criteria help make the process a little more objective.

tocThe table is from p. 87 of this book:

Stanley E. Porter, ed. Those Who Can, Teach: Teaching as Christian Vocation. McMaster General Series 3. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2013.

Just because a person earned a PhD doesn’t mean that they can teach well. (Many of us have painful personal anecdotes from our experiences as students!)

That’s why I’m grateful for books like this. It contains a lot of basics. Overall, it’s very valuable. I’m still relatively young and have tons of room to grow in my teaching, so it served me well.




  1. How to Write a Theology Essay
  2. The 2 Issues I Most Frequently Address When Copy-Editing
  3. Six Useful Books on Writing
  4. Charlotte’s Web: A Model of Good Writing
  5. MacArthur: “It’s very easy to be hard to understand”
  6. Why You Should Organize Your Personal Theological Library and a Way How

3 responses to How to Grade Papers

  1. Excellent.This is very helpful.

    Are there any stand-out essays in the volume?

  2. I wrote a few more rubrics this semester, so this topic is fresh on my mind. It was helpful to see another one and to compare what I do with what I see in this rubric. April, especially, is “paper-grading season” for me.

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