Assessing Student Writing
Sample Grading Criteria
Participation Grades: The following descriptions provide some thoughts on the grades which might be assigned to your participation. Please recognize that the grades you receive reflect my evaluation of your involvement in class.
REVIEW OF WRITING: 10%
To become better writers we must all read our own work critically. We will comment on each other's writing to achieve this goal. Points will be assigned based on the quality and appropriateness of your comments, not volume.
Recognition of growth as a writer and thinker is facilitated by documentation. The portfolio will provide evidence of your mastery of the content of the course and your ability to write and think clearly.
WRITING: 70% of total grade with the following point
- Assignments (Response Papers) 1-3: 10% each
- Response Paper 4: 15%
- Final Project: 25%
The grades I give will be based on the final drafts. These grades will be based on the holistic philosophy described below. Late papers will be graded down one full grade (e.g., from B+ to C+) for each day that the paper is late.