I will use the following criteria when evaluating your formal
A --> 90 - 100 points: With apt and specific references to the textual material, these well-written and well-organized essays
clearly analyze and evaluate an assigned topic or present an original thesis. While not without flaws, these
essays will demonstrate a mastery of the textual material as well as consistent control over the elements of effective
composition. These writers read with perception and express their ideas with skill, clarity, compelling textual support,
and stylistic maturity.
B --> 80 - 89 points: These papers also analyze the textual material, but they are less incisive, developed,
or aptly supported than papers of the highest range. They deal accurately with the assigned topic and material,
but are less effective, less original, or less thorough than "A" papers. While these essays demonstrate the writer's ability
to express ideas clearly, they do so with less maturity and precision than the best papers.
C --> 70 - 79 points: Although these essays are good, they are superficial. They respond to the assignment
without important errors in composition, but they miss the complexities and idiosyncracies of style and perception. Often
the analysis is vague, mechanical, or overly generalized. While the writing is adequate to convey the writer's thoughts,
these essays are typically pedestrian, not as well conceived, organized, or developed as upper-level papers. Usually, they
reveal simplistic thinking and/or immature writing. Essays that are submitted without a sufficient rough draft
are automatically dropped to a "C" prior to instructor evaluation, and are NOT eligible for a revision grade.
D --> 60 - 69 points: These essays reflect an incomplete understanding of the topic, the assignment, and/or
the textual material. The analysis may be inaccurate or unclear, misguided or underdeveloped; these papers may paraphrase
rather than analyze. Generally, the writing demonstrates weak control of such elements as diction, organization, syntax,
or grammar. These essays typically lack persuasive evidence from the text. They may contain recurrent stylistic
flaws and/or outright misreadings.
F --> 0 --- 59 points: These essays compound the problems of a "D" paper. Frequently, they are unacceptably
brief. Often poorly written on several counts, they may contain many distracting errors in grammar and mechanics. Although
some attempts may have been made to respond to the topic, the writer's views typically are presented with little clarity,
organization, coherence, or supporting evidence. Essays that are especially inexact, vacuous, and/or mechanically unsound
are given an "F."