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Published on May 3, 2008

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A, B, C, D, F: : A, B, C, D, F: Essay Characteristics The “A” Essay: : The “A” Essay: Characteristics of an excellent, creative, outstanding essay The “A” Essay: : The “A” Essay: …is extraordinary work that more than fulfills the requirements of the assignment. …presents original ideas developed exceptionally well …shows how the student went far beyond the minimum requirements of the assignment …conforms in every way to format requirements. The “A” Essay: : The “A” Essay: …exceeds expectations in its intellectual creativity, clear, precise prose, and high level of critical thinking. …goes beyond correctness and demonstrates creativity …challenges the intelligence and sophistication of a college-level audience. …develops fresh insight that challenges the reader’s thinking …sustains intellectual engagement with the topic. The “A” Essay: : The “A” Essay: …tackles the topic in an innovative way, with a clear sense of audience and purpose, an insightful, sophisticated thesis, and appropriate and effective organization. …adds interest with an engaging introduction and thoughtful conclusion. …has strong sentences with expressive varied structure. …includes transitions that are mature and graceful. The “A” Essay: : The “A” Essay: …demonstrates command of a mature, unpretentious diction; does not rely upon clichés or obvious information …is concisely written; no unnecessary words …presents excellent sentence structure, grammar, and diction …includes minimal to no spelling errors and absolutely no run-on sentences or comma splices. Slide 7: Characteristics of a very good, above average essay. The “B” Essay… Slide 8: …is clearly above-average, exceeding the minimum requirements of the assignment. …reflects a command of the topic and a strong presentation, but may lack the creativity of the “A” essay. …communicates effectively to readers but may not engage or challenge them intellectually. The “B” Essay… Slide 9: …presents a clear thesis, but the thesis may not be as interesting or insightful as the “A” essay. …is effectively organized overall, but may contain slight weaknesses in organizational strategy or execution. …contains very good details that support the thesis, but the support may not be as uniformly conclusive and convincing as the “A” essay. …is clearly and concisely written, but the style may not be as energetic and/or the diction may not be as thoughtful as the “A” essay. The “B” Essay… The “B” Essay… : The “B” Essay… …presents strong sentence structure, grammar, and diction with no or few occasional errors …presents correct punctuation and no or few minor spelling errors. may have one (but no more) run-on sentence or comma splice. The “C” Essay: : The “C” Essay: Characteristics of the average essay The “C” Essay: : The “C” Essay: …is generally competent; it is the average performance. …demonstrates that the student completed the minimum requirements for the assignment and showed basic mastery of the concepts taught. …includes the basic requirements of the assignment; does not fall short in any area. The “C” Essay: : The “C” Essay: …has an introduction and conclusion, but one or both may fail to engage/challenge readers …may present obvious information and/or lack evidence of in-depth, critical thought …presents a general thesis or controlling idea, but the thesis may contain vague terms, offer relatively little new information, or provide little around which to structure the paper The “C” Essay: : The “C” Essay: …offers support for the thesis that may be somewhat obvious or too broad. …presents predictable evidence that may not be thoroughly explored, or may not be clearly related to the writer's point …may contain paragraphs which are uneven in development and transition. …has sentences that lack variety and sophisticated word choice. The “C” Essay: : The “C” Essay: …may contain problems in sentence structure, grammar, and diction (usually not major). …may contain some errors in punctuation, basic grammar, or spelling. May have some (3-4) fragments, run-on sentences, or comma splices. Errors do not impede communication of ideas. The “D” Essay : The “D” Essay Characteristics of a below-average essay The “ D” Essay : The “ D” Essay …is below average work that demonstrates some attempt to fulfill the assignment and shows some potential but does not fully meet the requirements of the assignment. …indicates the student did not complete all the requirements of the assignment and did not meet the standard. …points to significant problems with the student's work, such as a shallow understanding of the material or poor writing. The “ D” Essay : The “ D” Essay …does not connect with or challenge the audience’s thinking. …fails to demonstrate critical thinking …presents no identifiable thesis or the thesis may be a bland restatement of an obvious point ….has unclear structure, often because thesis is weak or non-existent. Paragraphs present few topic sentences. …presents evidence that’s too general, missing, not interpreted, irrelevant to the thesis, or inappropriately repetitive. …has transitions that may be confusing or unclear. The “ D” Essay : The “ D” Essay …presents a style compromised by repetitive or awkward sentence patterns and/or inappropriate diction/word choice. …contains grammatical and mechanical errors that interfere with readability and indicate a less-than-adequate attempt at editing or an unfamiliarity with some aspects of Standard Written English. The “ D” Essay : The “ D” Essay …has major problems in sentence structure, grammar, and diction. …presents frequent major errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling. …may have many fragments, run-on sentences, and/or comma splices. The “F” Essay : The “F” Essay Characteristics of a failing essay The “F” Essay: : The “F” Essay: …does not follow the guidelines and requirements for the assignment …is much too brief/underdeveloped for college academic writing …is not formatted MLA style …includes many of the “Don’ts” of Academic Writing The “F” Essay: : The “F” Essay: …fails to include an introduction and conclusion that connect to the audience …has no discernible main idea/thesis …presents paragraphs with huge jumps between ideas or illogical development …begins discussing one topic and then changes topic in the body of the essay The “F” Essay: : The “F” Essay: …may not include any paragraph breaks …contains statements with no evidence/support to back them up …includes clichés, obvious statements, or incomplete ideas …has many awkward, unclear sentences …does not use college-level word choice The “F” Essay: : The “F” Essay: …shows no evidence of critical thinking or in-depth consideration; ideas present surface thinking only. …contains many errors that impede communication …demonstrates little evidence of proofreading Will you write an A, B, C, D, or F essay? : Will you write an A, B, C, D, or F essay? 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