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Grading criteria for all assignments 2000-level and above:

A passing grade on any assignment first assumes competence in the mechanics of standard written English.

C        To earn a “C,” a student must:

  1. Respond to the constraints of the assignment.
  2. Focus on the topic.
  3. Provide a clear thesis.
  4. Maintain a tone appropriate for a scholarly audience.
  5. Order essay logically, from sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph, idea to idea.
  6. Provide sufficient evidence and detail throughout the essay.
  7. Have sufficient control of standard written English and MLA guidelines such that errors, including any in grammar, punctuation, spelling, and formatting, if present, do not cause serious confusion and/or distraction.
  8. Provide adequate, reliable, and relevant secondary documentation, where applicable.
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of context and purpose in relating secondary sources to paper’s claims/ideas.
  10. Exhibit nearly error-free incorporation of documentation into the body of the essay.

B    To earn a “B,” a student must meet the minimum requirements for a “C” essay plus:

  1. Provide a well-framed and insightful thesis.
  2. Recognize complexities and show evidence of serious consideration of the topic.
  3. Support most points with appropriate, well-analyzed examples and intelligent arguments.
  4. Show logical development and organization throughout.
  5. Offer writing that is relatively free of grammatical and technical errors.
  6. Provide substantive and relevant documentation, where applicable, in support of most claims/ideas.
  7. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of context and purpose in relating secondary sources to 
    paper’s claims/ideas where applicable.
  8. Exhibit error-free and varied incorporation of documentation into the body of the essay.

A        To earn an “A,” a student must meet the minimum requirements for a “B” essay plus:

  1. Provide a sophisticated thesis that demonstrates independent thinking.
  2. Support all claims/ideas with appropriate, fully analyzed examples and compelling, insightful 
    arguments.
  3. Show persuasive logical development and organization throughout.
  4. Maintain a distinctive voice and consistent viewpoint that incorporates interesting and varied style. 
  5. Provide secondary sources, where applicable, that demonstrate independent research in the field. 
  6. Enter into meaningful dialogue with secondary sources, such that the student is not just proving 
    someone else’s point but developing original ideas in relation to research material.  

D    A “D” grade results from:

  1. Failing to respond clearly to the assignment, or 
  2. A lack of qualities listed under the minimum requirements for a “C,” or 
  3. Insufficient control of standard written English, resulting in substantial errors that cause confusion or 
    incoherence. 

F    An “F” grade results from:

  1. Two or more of the problems listed in “D” above.