





Title is creative and clearly relates to the problem being graphed (includes dependent and independent variable). It is printed at the top of the graph.

Title clearly relates to the problem being graphed (includes dependent and independent variable) and is printed at the top of the graph.

A title is present at the top of the graph.

A title is not present.


Graph fits the data well and makes it easy to interpret.

Graph is adequate and does not distort the data, but interpretation of the data is somewhat difficult.

Graph distorts the data somewhat and interpretation of the data is somewhat difficult.

Graph seriously distorts the data making interpretation almost impossible.


The X axis has a clear, neat label that describes the units used for the independent variable (e.g, days, months, participants' names).

The X axis has a clear label that describes the units used for the independent variable.

The X axis has a label.

The X axis is not labeled.


The Y axis has a clear, neat label that describes the units and the dependent variable (e.g, % of dogfood eaten; degree of satisfaction).

The Y axis has a clear label that describes the units and the dependent variable (e.g, % of dogfood eaten; degree of satisfaction).

The Y axis has a label.

The Y axis is not labeled.


Data in the table is well organized, accurate, and easy to read.

Data in the table is organized, accurate, and easy to read.

Data in the table is accurate and easy to read.

Data in the table is not accurate and/or cannot be read.


All units are described (in a key or with labels) and are appropriately sized for the data set.

Most units are described (in a key or with labels) and are appropriately sized for the data set.

All units are described (in a key or with labels) but are not appropriately sized for the data set.

Units are neither described NOR appropriately sized for the data set.


All points are plotted correctly and are easy to see. A ruler is used to neatly connect the points or make the bars, if not using a computerized graphing program.

All points are plotted correctly and are easy to see.

All points are plotted correctly.

Points are not plotted correctly OR extra points were included.


Exceptionally well designed, neat, and attractive. Colors that go well together are used to make the graph more readable. A ruler and graph paper (or graphing computer program) are used.

Neat and relatively attractive. A ruler and graph paper (or graphing computer program) are used to make the graph more readable.

Lines are neatly drawn but the graph appears quite plain.

Appears messy and "thrown together" in a hurry. Lines are visibly crooked.
