Grading Standards for Revised Work in Lit 165 and Lit 168
Work which uses an assignment as the occasion for a piece of writing
enough to engage readers on its own terms. It presents an individual
or viewpoint with enough fullness and cogency to command readers'
if not their assent. It complements its fresh thought by creating a
voice through aptly chosen words and through sentences both
accurate and rhetorically sophisticated.
Work which meets all an assignment's expectations with clear
Usually lacking A work's fresh thought or approach or its compelling
B work nevertheless demonstrates its author's ability to respond
to an assignment's demands, to structure and focus writing clearly, to
select significant details and examples and to organize them
to choose words accurately, and to revise sentences for conciseness and
Work which is entirely adequate but not more, C work meets the
specifications, has a serviceable structure, and provides enough
with appropriate examples or analysis to make its intent
Its sentences are almost always grammatically correct and reasonably
its paragraphs usually coherent. Nevertheless, C work lacks the sharp
the full and purposeful development, or the stylistic awareness
for a higher grade.
Work which is clearly inadequate in at least one way. Although D work
demonstrate competence in other facets, its strengths will be
by one or two pervasive weaknesses: failure to engage meaningfully an
aspect of the writing task or to maintain a focus; skimpy or illogical
development; significant errors in grammar or persistent lack of
repeated distracting errors in mechanics or in idiom.
Work which fails to respond acceptably to an assignment, F work may
or disregard the assignment's intent, lack any pattern or organization,
or make enough errors in Standard English sentence structure to make it
difficult for a reader to follow the author's thought. While F will be
given for unsubmitted or uncompleted work, it should not be understood
solely as a penalty grade: it will be given to any work which fails to
meet an assignment's demands or to meet the minimum standards of