An “A” Paper has:
____ a title that is creative, thought-provoking, and suggests the paper’s central argument
____ rich content—original ideas that reveal a depth of critical engagement with the work and careful analysis and interpretation. A paper that shows initiative and original thought and has a , insightful, and persuasive thesis.
____ claims that are well supported with solid, well-chosen textual evidence and sound reasoning. That evidence is also examined in detail and presented in coherent paragraph order.
____ stylistic finesse—a clear and interesting introduction, well-developed paragraphs, and helpful, logical transitions within and between them. It is also a paper that flows throughout with no rough spots.
____ “tight” sentence structure, precise diction and tone, strong verbs; demonstrates a clear control of vocabulary and usage
____ a mastery of grammar and mechanics (formatting, punctuation, spelling, etc.)
____ a strong conclusion that suggests the larger implications of the specific argument and leaves the reader eager to reread the paper and eager to return with a new perspective to the work or problem under consideration.
A “B” paper has:
_____ a title that is generally effective yet not as compelling or specific as it could be.
_____ substantial information and specific ideas logically ordered, well-developed, and unified around a clear organizing principle; has a good thesis though it may not be as developed or insightful as it could be.
_____ enough evidence that is presented more or less coherently and that makes the paper and its thesis convincing though leaves room for improvement.
_____ an interesting introduction and generally smooth, logical transitions within and between paragraphs.
_____ varied sentence structure and concise diction
_____ few grammatical and mechanical errors
_____ a logical conclusion that is well integrated with the preceding paragraphs and provides some kind of closure to the paper.
A “C” paper has:
_____ a title that is vague, bland, and too general
_____ competent but predictable information, vague generalities, and imprecise language; a thesis that is too obvious or overly predictable. Ideas lacking in originality and imagination or poorly presented
_____ organization that is evident but lacks control and consistency (points may be ordered but not effectively), minimal development of ideas; lacks evidence or thorough analysis of the texts under consideration. Includes quotations from the text under consideration but has little to no analysis.
_____ superficial and perfunctory opening, awkward or abrupt transitions between paragraphs, is difficult to follow in places
_____ monotonous or choppy sentences, imprecise diction, redundancies; contains many instances where word choice is inappropriate or sentences are muddled and confusing
_____ some mechanical and grammatical errors
_____ A weak, unsatisfying conclusion that fails to provide any kind of closure or that merely restates the introduction or states generalities.
A “D”/“F” paper has:
_____ a title that is either altogether ineffective or absent
_____ rudimentary treatment and development of subject
_____ much incorrect information
_____ unclear or ineffective organization
_____ weak or absent introduction, conclusion, and transitions
_____ awkward or ambiguous sentences
_____ frequent mechanical or grammatical errors
_____ an overall impression of superficiality, haste, or lack of understanding