Michael Barsanti's Grading Standards
by Michael Barsanti
|No loose pieces, all paragraphs coherent and support topic||Arg. says something surprising, or at least interesting||Fluent sentences of varied style, conversational yet grammatical||Mechanically faultless|
|Clear organization, but may be mechanical. All paragraphs are justified internally.||Arg. possibly less interesting, but well supported & clearly made throughout paper||Clear writing, but occasionally graceless sentences that should be rephrased.||A few mechanical errors, but they are unobtrusive (2-4)|
|Clear attempt at organization, but not fully realized. Paragraphs wander internally & may be imbalanced.||Arg. conventional, often shifts in focus from beginning to end. Quotations used for summary, not support.||"Clunky." Repetitive sentence style, passive voice. Some incoherent sentences.||Many distracting errors, especially typos and quotation errors (4-8)|
Not good at all, but revisable
|Topic approached in incoherent way. No apparent rationale for paragraphs.||Cliche for argument, not followed throughout paper||Many incoherent sentences.||Sentence fragments, misspellings|
|No topic to speak of||No discernible argument||Barely legible|
- Is your paper organized into coherent paragraphs?
- Does each paragraph have a topic you can summarize in a few words?
- Does each of your paragraphs support your argument?
- Do you have a compelling introduction? a satisfying conclusion?
- Do you have logical and smooth transitions between paragraphs?
- Do you have a thesis/hypothesis?
- Can you state it in a sentence?
- Do you have supporting evidence from the text(s)?
- Are your supporting quotes integrated into your own argument? (i.e., Are you using them, or are you just using them as filler?
- Is any summary of the story serving the purpose of your argument?
- Does your argument interest you?
- Have you minimized use of the passive voice?
- Do you use varied sentence structures?
- Is your writing as clear as you can possibly make it?
- Have you minimized repeated words?
- Are you using MLA format for quotations?
- Can you justify your commas?
- Have you proofread (beyond using the spell check)?
- Do all of your quotes have page citiations?
- Are there any accidental sentence fragments? repeated words?