These standards are used in how your writing is assessed: As I answer the questions
on the revision and evaluation sheet, I (and you) will come to some conclusions
about your grades.
A/B A paper that earns an "A" or a "B" does not just satisfy the requirements
of the prompt; it composes an original response that demonstrates careful thought
about the issues of the course in a voice that clearly exhibits the writer's
point of view and purpose in an fine-tuned and appropriate style. The
appropriately organized paper not only provides both a clear controlling purpose
and coherent argument that balances general support with specific evidence,
but also critically comments on the subject matter in intriguing and thought-provoking
ways. Grammar and style are not only sound—even virtually flawless—but
are also aware of the English language's nuances.
C A paper that earns a "C" responds to the prompt in a general way,
constructs a controlling idea or thesis, and employs suitable organization for
its purposes and rhetorical purposes. Argument may suffer from a lack
of development or evidence. It contains minor and recurrent errors in
style, grammar, and mechanics.
D A paper that earns a "D" shows evidence of attempting to respond to
the assignment but does so in ways that are convoluted and unclear. It
lacks a controlling thesis and is difficult to follow.
E A paper that earns an "E" shows little or no understanding of the
assignment or the conventions of standard written English.
A final note: As the class progresses, your writing is expected to progress.
Consequently, I grade more strictly as the quarter proceeds.