Paper instructions:
Kuhse and Singer, Bioethics: An Anthology, 2nd edition
Blackwell Publishing

227 Homework Scoring Guidelines

Homework assignments are graded on a 12-point scale, with each of the four required paragraphs worth between 1 and 3 points.

For each paragraph, you will receive 2 points for a “satisfactory” job, 3 points for an “excellent” job, but only 1 point if your paragraph “needs

improvement.” For each paragraph specifically:

Argument explanation:
• 3 points – clear, concise, and thorough explanation of 1 argument from text phrased as 1 sentence.
• 2 points – clear attempt to explain 1 argument from text phrased as 1 sentence.
• 1 point – confusing attempt to explain argument and/or phrased as more than one sentence.

Objections to argument:
• 3 points – clear, concise, and thorough statement of objections that relate directly to the argument explained in paragraph one; no extraneous discussion or

summary; insightful comments about specific points.
• 2 points – clear attempt to raise objections that relate to the argument explained in paragraph one; some extraneous discussion or summary; some insightful

comments about specific points.
• 1 point – confusing attempt to raise objections and/or they do not relate directly to the argument explained in paragraph one; few insightful comments about

specific points; extraneous discussion or summary.

Defenses against objections:
• 3 points – clear, concise, and thorough defenses that directly refute the objections raised in paragraph two; no extraneous discussion or summary; insightful

comments about specific points.
• 2 points – clear attempt to refute the objections raised in paragraph two; some extraneous discussion or summary; some insightful comments about specific

points.
• 1 point – confusing attempt to refute objections and/or they do not relate directly to the objections raised in paragraph two; few insightful comments about

specific points; extraneous discussion or summary.

Evaluating each objection vs. each defense:
• 3 points – clear, concise, and thorough evaluation of each objection vs. each defense; no repetition of previously made points; insightful additional

argumentation given.
• 2 points – clear attempt to evaluate each objection vs. each defense; some repetition of previously made points; some insightful additional argumentation

given.
• 1 point – confusing attempt to evaluate each objection vs. each defense and/or failure to evaluate each; repetition of previously made points; little

insightful additional argumentation given.

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