FOR ALL ASSIGNMENTS 2000-LEVEL AND ABOVE
Note: A passing grade on any assignment first assumes competence in the
mechanics of standard written English.
C To earn a “C,” a student must
Respond to the
constraints of the assignment.
Focus on the topic.
Provide a clear
Maintain a tone
appropriate for a scholarly audience.
logically, from sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph, idea to idea.
evidence and detail throughout the essay.
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.
reliable, and relevant secondary documentation, where applicable.
understanding of context and purpose in relating theory and/or
secondary sources to paper’s claims/ideas.
error-free incorporation of documentation into the body of the essay.
To earn a “B,” a student must meet the minimum requirements for a “C” essay
Provide a well-framed
and insightful thesis.
Recognize complexities and show evidence of serious consideration of the
most points with appropriate, well-analyzed examples and intelligent
logical development and organization throughout.
writing that is relatively free of grammatical and technical errors.
substantive and relevant documentation (where applicable) and theorization
in support of most claims/ideas.
thorough understanding of theoretical context and purpose in relating
secondary sources to paper’s claims/ideas where applicable.
and varied incorporation of documentation into the body of the essay.
To earn an “A,” a student must meet the minimum requirements for a “B”
sophisticated thesis that demonstrates independent thinking.
claims/ideas with appropriate, fully analyzed examples and compelling,
persuasive logical development and organization throughout.
distinctive voice and consistent viewpoint that incorporates interesting and
secondary sources, where applicable, that demonstrate independent research in
meaningful dialogue with theory and/or 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
respond clearly to the assignment, or
A lack of
qualities listed under the minimum requirements for a “C,” or
Insufficient control of standard written English, resulting in substantial
errors that cause confusion or incoherence.
F An “F” grade results from
Two or more
of the faults listed in “D” above.