1010-1020 Grading Criteria

Students who invest the necessary effort will generally earn high marks in English 1010/1020. All students are expected to attend classes, revise essays, workshop outside of class with the professor/tutors/academic peer mentors, help others do well in the class, & generally exhibit positive perspectives & professional habits. 

Your final grade of A, B, or C will be based on your total points & the completion of all required work to the best of your ability. 

The Final Grade is on a 100 point scale with no maximum
A 90-up
B 80-89
C 70-79

There will be no D in English 1010 or 1020.
All daily work must be attempted in order to pass the class.

10 - Essay 1 - Collage

20 - Essay 2 - Memoir

20 - Essay 3 - Profile

20 - Essay 4 - Review - group essay

10 - Essay 5 - Creative Anti-essay

10 - Required Blogs - 2 points each x 5 blogs

5 -  Community Credits - Participation in campus events. At least one service event. At least one Village event.

5 -  Quizzes - 5 pop quizzes x 1 point each. No make-ups allowed.

To pass the course, earn 3 credit hours, & move on to your remaining required courses, you must achieve a course grade of C or better. 

Your instructor will give you direct feedback for each Teacher’s Draft.  The quality of your Teacher's Draft will be evaluated with a grading sheet & brief narrative response, points based on completion, effort, & quality & a score as Exceptional, Very Good, Satisfactory, Needs Work, or Unsatisfactory. The quality grade of your essay is based on your successful interpretation of the writing situation & incorporation of effective writing strategies into your essay.

1010-1020 Effort Profiles

The A student will:

·        Miss no more than two classes

·        Typically take advantage of Academic Peer Mentors, Writing Center Visits, Voluntary Workshops with Mr. Smith, and/or share drafts with multiple readers (friends, relatives, former teachers)

·        Complete all work in an exemplary manner

·        Consistently participate in group work & classroom discussions in a leadership role

·        Help other students do their best work

The B student will:

·        Miss no more than three classes

·        Typically take advantage of  Academic Peer Mentors, Writing Center Visits, Voluntary Workshops with Mr. Smith, and/or share drafts with multiple readers (friends, relatives, former teachers)

·        Complete all work at the "very good" level

The C student will:

·        Miss no more than four classes

·        Complete all daily work in a "competent" manner

·        Write at least 3 drafts of writings to be used for the Final Portfolio

·        Achieve competence in written work for the Final Portfolio

Snapshots of Essay Quality Grades

Every essay possesses a life its own, located on the page & rooted in the rhetorical situation, the relational & conversational intersection of audience & purpose. 

No fixed set of arbitrary criteria can ever measure the worth of a particular exercise in prose. These descriptive standards exist as lampposts along the long street of your own creative process. I hope that they might help guide you towards the success you desire.  

Exceptional writing sustains an individual voice and shows some spark of originality or creativity that meets or exceeds assignment expectations, achieving its self-defined purpose and reaching a specific audience. In an academic style, an excellent essay interacts in a confident manner with the writing or ideas of others and navigates successfully through analytical, argumentative, descriptive, and narrative tones. Organizationally, this essay flows, showing paragraph unity & coherence, & incorporating seamless transitions & cues. An excellent essay pleases its reader with a focus on technique, including mature and specific word choice, awareness of active voice, sentence variety, and near flawless grammar/mechanics.

Very Good writing strives to achieve everything that the exceptional essay possesses but lacks the confidence & creativity of the A paper, particularly in terms of seamless organization, mature voice, or savvy with secondary sources.

Satisfactory writing in most college classes avoids all major errors & shows a strong understanding of the classroom assignment but perhaps not a grasp of the real-world nuances of the rhetorical situation. It may need improvement in organization, mechanics, or citation style. It lacks the professionalism of very good writing.

 Needs Work means unfinished & unfocused but not unworthy. This essay is likely on the right track but lacks enough words, possesses too many errors, or demonstrates deficiency in some area related to clear communication of purpose.  

Unsatisfactory work fails to do (or even attempt) the proposed or assigned task. It shows a clear lack of effort or a fundamental lack of awareness regarding the work at hand. While a needs work essay can be successfully revised, an unsatisfactory paper needs to be completed rebooted from scratch.