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Grading Criteria for ENC 1101 and 1102 Essays

A:  This essay is an excellent response to the topic.  There are clear, specific details and examples.  There are few serious grammar/spelling errors.  The introduction, conclusion, and organization demonstrate thought and planning.

B:  This essay is a good response to the topic.  There are some details and examples, but some ideas are underdeveloped.  There are some grammar/spelling errors, but they don't interfere with the meaning or the readability of the essay.  The introduction, conclusion, and organization demonstrate some effort, but the effect may be not wholly successful.

C:  This essay is an average response to the topic.  There are few details and examples, and, although the basic points may be acceptable, the body paragraphs are underdeveloped.  There are some grammar/spelling errors that occasionally obscure the ideas or distract the reader.  The introduction, conclusion, and organization are fairly basic and indicate little effort or planning.

D:  This essay is a below average response to the topic.  At least one aspect of the essay (content, organization, or most likely grammar) is unacceptable, and it obscures or overshadows any successful or acceptable parts of the essay.

F:  This essay indicates that the writer has serious errors in most aspects of the essay, and the essay as a whole is, therefore, unacceptable.

Notes:
1. The subject of the essay is not a factor in the grade unless the essay is off-topic
2. Longer essays usually indicate better detail, but don't automatically assume a long essay is a good essay.
3. Neatness is important, but on in-class assignments, I am not grading your handwriting.

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