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ESSAY RUBRIC
 

ESSAY SKILLS

6 or less:  inadequate command

7= limited command

 8= some command

9=  adequate command

10= strong command

11-12= superior command

Content/
Organ-
ization

May not have an opening or closing; unclear focus; disorganized and hard to understand; details irrelevant to topic

May not have an opening or closing; some attempt to focus but may drift off topic; some organization evident, but poor or too few transitions from thought to thought; details not elaborated or developed

Has an opening and closing; has a focus; clear attempt to organize ideas; details relevant and present but may not be fully developed and may be repetitious

Has an opening and closing; has a clear focus; is organized and has transitions, but ideas may be loosely connected; writer may ramble in spots

Has an opening and closing; stays focused on topic and has  completeness and unity; key ideas developed and progress logically; may take some risks in adding strong description or narration; details are effective and varied

Has an opening and closing; stays strongly focused on topic and has  completeness and unity; key ideas are very well developed; progress logically; may take some risks in adding strong description or narration; groups of ideas are strongly connected; details are effective, varied, well described, vivid


Usage

Many usage errors (subject-verb agreement, pronoun usage, word choice, modifiers)

Some errors in subject-verb agreement, pronoun usage, word choice, modifiers

May have a pattern of errors in one area

Some errors, but no consistent pattern; errors do not interfere with meaning

Few errors

Few errors or none

 

 

 

 

Sentence Construc-
tion

Many incomplete, incorrect, hard-to-understand sentences (fragments)

Sentences dull, unvaried, often incomplete

Not much sentence variation; some errors in sentence construction

May have minor errors in spelling, capitalization or punctuation;  these errors do not interfere with meaning

Few errors; sentences are varied

Few errors or none; sentences are varied, effective, advanced and sophis-ticated in style

Mechanics

Many errors in spelling, capitalization, and punctuation make the essay difficult to read and understand

Some errors in spelling, capitalization, and punctuation

May contain a pattern of errors in one area (spelling, capitalization or punctuation)

Few errors

Few errors

Few errors or none

Grades

All work carries value, particularly constructive class participation. All formal essays are to be handed in on the due date. If you are having problems with your writing or assignments, please speak to your instructor before the assignment is due. Essays will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
                       
1.  Clarity of topic and presentation of point of view;
2.  Control and purpose of main idea;
3.  Coherence and unity of development; and
4.  Language awareness and correctness. 

Please be warned that assignments are due on the due date at the beginning of class.  No paper or other assignment will be accepted later than the beginning of class.

Students who pass the course will receive a final grade based on the following:

  1. Class attendance
  2. Class participation
  3. Submission of portfolio and all drafts on time
  4. Score on Nelson Denny post-test
  5. Quality and extent of progress on written work and
  6. Preparedness

Grades for ACF 96 are A, B, C and F.  Note, a C- is not a passing grade.  A student is allowed two attempts at passing the course.  A grade of W or WF is considered one attempt at the course.  A second unsuccessful attempt to pass the course will mean that the student is not eligible to continue in the college next semester.

Evaluation
Essays
70%
Reading post-test
5%
Portfolio
5%
Double-entry journal
5%
Midterm
5%
Final exam 
10%

Chart of Grade Ranges for Nelson Denny Post-Test

A

93-100

A-

90-92

B+

87-89

B

83-86

B-

80-82

C+

77-79

C

73-76

C-

70-72

D

60-69

F

59 and below

THE DOUBLE ENTRY JOURNAL                            
ACF 96
The double entry journal is a note-taking reading strategy designed to help you work with the text by identifying passages that are meaningful or confusing to you. We will use your double entry journals on Mondays as the basis for our class discussions. These journals will not be accepted late and may not be done during class on Mondays. They may be handwritten, but spelling, grammar, punctuation and usage count.

There will be a total of 6 double entry journals, which will count as one grade in your final average. If you receive credit for all 6, you will receive, at the end of the semester, a grade of A, and so forth:

# Double entry journals completed:      Grade:
          6……………………………………….. A
          5……………………………………….. B
          4……………………………………….. C
  
        3  or fewer…………………………... F

To receive credit for each double entry journal submission, you must copy and respond to at least 5 passages in each section of the book.

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