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					Grading and Assessment Here are my grading do's and don'ts. While I don't give extra credit, I do grade
everyone in the class based on the same scale and assignment goals. While I do explain how and why I assessed
an assignment, I do not change grades based upon grade campaigning. While I do explain where final grades
came from, I do not change course grades unless I made a mathematical miscalculation or input error.

Only a few students will earn an A in the course, for I consider an A to represent superbly written work of
surpassing analysis. On the other hand, no students will fail unless they frequently miss class, turns in major

I only offer the opportunity for revision and resubmission in my writing courses (English 1101, English 1102, and
2200). If you earn a "C" or a "D" on a first draft and make the changes I suggest, don't expect necessarily to earn
an "A" on the second draft. Revision involves re-seeing the entire argument and analysis, the complete insight and
interpretation of the paper. My suggestions for revision strive to make you re-see the big picture of your paper, but
they can never "give" you the analytical insight and rhetorical ability into the subject that an "A" paper merits; that

A/B A paper or exam 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 paper not only provides
both a clear controlling purpose and coherent argument that balances general support with specific evidence (be it
primary text and/or secondary text as necessary), but also critically comments on the subject matter in intriguing
and thought-provoking ways. Internal paragraph coherence and overall paper organization are appropriate and
effective. Grammar and style are not only sound—even virtually flawless—but are also aware of the English
language's nuances. The paper's voice is authoritative and the diction appropriate to the topic. Although the
difference between an "A" paper and a "B" paper is ultimately subjective, for me, an "A" paper surpasses my

C A paper or exam that earns a "C" responds to the prompt in a general way, constructs a controlling idea or
thesis, and employs suitable organization for its 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 often lacks a controlling thesis and is usually difficult to follow.

F A paper that earns an "F" shows little or no understanding of the assignment or the conventions of standard

Informal Writing, Peer Response, Reading Journal If you're taking a writing course (English 1101, 1102, or
2200), you'll note that I give numerous informal writing and peer response assignments. Because the informal
writing assignments are so brief and designed primarily for you to keep up with the material or practice particular
writing skills rather than for extended evaluation and accessment, I don't give letter grades on informal writing or
peer responses. Instead, I use the check system: check minus, check, and check plus (/-, /, and /+), which roughly
correspond to C, B, and A, and give zeros to those who don't complete the assignment. For each assignment, the
vast majority of the class will receive a check, while a few who need to put more thought or effort into one particular
response will receive a check minus and a few who are doing excellent work and making superb connections in
one particular response will receive a check plus. Similarly, if you're taking a literature course with a reading

Because the vast majority of informal writing grades are checks, with one or two check pluses, the average grade
for those students who turn in all assignments usually works out to a B. Because no one receives all check pluses,
no one can receive an A at this point. In order to make sure that the consistently best work receives the best grade,
I utilize a curve. I determine the difference between the highest informal writing average in the course and 4.00,
then add that difference to all students' informal writing averages. For example, if, at the end of the term, the
highest informal writing average is a 3.45 (B+), I add .55 to each and every student's informal writing average, thus
      Informal                 Paper 1                 Paper 2                 Paper 3                 Group
   4.0         A         4.0             A       4.0             A       4.0             A       4.0           A

Informal and Peer Responses, 5%              To calculate your grade, replace the A's in the table above with the grades you've
Paper 1 Close Reading, 20%                   To estimate your grade, replace the A's in the table above with the grades you cou
Paper 2 Significance, 30%                    For instance, if you earn a B- on Paper 1 and a B+ on Paper 2, you would replace
Paper 3 Research, 35%
Group Project, 10%
                                             The informal writing grade is a rough estimate; I will inform you of your final inform
Informal Writing: Rough Grade                Look on the Grading and Assessment tab for a complete explanation of how I calc

         1                       2                       3                       4                       5
    /          3          /              3        /              3        /              3        /            3
                  Final Grade
                4.00        A

e with the grades you've earned on each assignment.
e with the grades you could earn on assignments yet to be completed.
per 2, you would replace the A's with a B- and B+, respectively.


m you of your final informal writing grade after all informal writing is submitted.
explanation of how I calculate the final informal writing grade.

                        6                       7                        8            Total   Rough    Average
                  /           3            /          3            /           3         24     3.00       B
  Article Summary         Critical Reading    Group Presentation              Exam 1                 Exam 2
   4.0        A            4.0         A        4.0        A            4.0            A       4.0            A

Article Summary, 5%               To calculate your grade, replace the A's in the table above with the grades you've earned on e
Critical Reading, 5%              To estimate your grade, replace the A's in the table above with the grades you could earn on
Group Presentation, 10%           For instance, if you earn a B- on Close Reading and a B+ on Exam, you would replace the A's
Exam 1, 25%
Exam 2, 25%
Exam 3, 30%
                      Exam 3            Final Grade
                4.0            A      4.00        A

grades you've earned on each assignment.
 rades you could earn on assignments yet to be completed.
 you would replace the A's with a B- and B+, respectively.
Literary Biography    Close Reading                Exam 1             Research                   Exam 2
   4.0        A       4.0        A           4.0            A       4.0       A            4.0            A

Literary Biography, 5%        To calculate your grade, replace the A's in the table above with the grades you've earned on e
Close Reading, 20%            To estimate your grade, replace the A's in the table above with the grades you could earn on
Exam 1 In Class, 25%          For instance, if you earn a B- on Exam 1 and a B+ on Exam 2, you would replace the A's with
Research Paper, 25%
Exam 2 Take-Home Final, 25%
                 Final Grade
               4.00        A

grades you've earned on each assignment.
 rades you could earn on assignments yet to be completed.
would replace the A's with a B- and B+, respectively.
   Presentation         Research                 Exam 1                 Exam 2            Final Grade
   4.0        A       4.0       A          4.0            A       4.0            A      4.00        A

Presentation, 10%           To calculate your grade, replace the A's in the table above with the grades you've earned on e
Research Paper, 30%         To estimate your grade, replace the A's in the table above with the grades you could earn on
Exam 1, 30%                 For instance, if you earn a B- on Close Reading and a B+ on Exam, you would replace the A's
Exam 2, 30%
grades you've earned on each assignment.
 rades you could earn on assignments yet to be completed.
 you would replace the A's with a B- and B+, respectively.
Grade Weight   From 0.00 0.50 0.85 1.15 1.50 1.85 2.15 2.50 2.85 3.15 3.50 3.85
F      0.0     To    0.49 0.84 1.14 1.49 1.84 2.14 2.49 2.84 3.14 3.49 3.84 4.00
D-     0.7     Grade F     D-   D    D+   C-   C    C+   B-   B    B+   A-   A
D      1.0
D+     1.3     From     0   61   64   68   71    74   78   81   84   88   91    94
C-     1.7     To      60   63   67   70   73    77   80   83   87   90   93   100
C      2.0     Grade   F    D-   D    D+   C-    C    C+   B-   B    B+   A-    A
C+     2.3
B-     2.7     From     0   61   71   81    91
B      3.0     To      60   70   80   90   100
B+     3.3     Grade   F    D    C    B     A
A-     3.7
A      4.0     From 0.00 0.50 1.50 2.50 3.50
               To    0.49 1.49 2.49 3.49 4.00
       0   0   Grade F     D    C    B    A
/- L       1
/-         2
/L         2
/          3
/+ L       3
/+         4

				
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