I consider the following factors when grading:
Content: Do you understand the material? Are you saying something meaningful? Do you have an argument where appropriate? Is your argument sound? Is it coherent? Is your information adequately supported with evidence?
Structure: Does what you are asserting make sense? Is there a clear beginning and end? Is your work constructed in a clear and logical fashion?
Presentation: For written work: Is it reasonably free of spelling and grammar errors? Does it include necessary apparatus (e.g., footnotes, bibliography)? Is it typed, double-spaced with reasonable margins and fonts?
For oral presentation: Are you prepared? Do you speak clearly and at a reasonable pace? Do you attend to time limitations?
You will earn letter grades as follows:
- A is for truly outstanding and exceptional work. To earn an A you must exceed expectation and present a depth of understanding, insight, or creativity beyond that which can be taught. Do not expect an A.
- A- is for work that almost, but not quite, meets the requirements stipulated above for an A. You may sometimes earn an A- instead of an A because of minor content issues or because of technical mistakes such as an excess of grammatical errors or incorrect citation.
- B+ is for very good, solid work in which you meet all expectations for the assignment thoroughly and accurately. B+ is a very good grade.
- B is for solid, good work which clearly fulfills the requirements for the assignment. B is a good grade.
- You will earn a B- or C+ for work which fulfills the requirements of the assignment but falls short in some areas. If you earn a B- or C+ it is probably a good idea to consult with the professor to see where you went wrong and what you might do differently next time.
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- You will earn a C or C- for a paper which has some serious problems with content, structure, organization, or some combination of the above. If you earn a C or C- you should consult with the professor.
- You will earn a D for work which just barely fulfills the requirements of the assignment. D is not a good grade. Please consult with the professor.
- You will earn an F for work which does not meet the requirements of the assignment.
For work graded informally: a check-plus or “excellent” would indicate A-range work; a check or “good” would indicate B-range work.
Late papers for which you have not been given an extension will lose one grade-step for each class period they are late. (That is, a B+ will become a B will become a B-.)