Is evaluating a student's term paper challenging? Perhaps this rubric may help. It is based on 30 years of experience, and being in the writing field, and having published a great deal academically. It is divided into parts such as organization, mechanics, content, and writing quality. This is appropriate for papers from 9th grade up through university classes. I further recommend you distribute the rubric at the same time you introduce and explain the assignment. This way, students know what you expect, and how to work up to expectations. The better their writing, the less time it takes to grade!