A Word on Grading
Late papers will be penalized (barring
extraordinary circumstances). Failure to turn in a required piece of
work (essay, response, project, exam) will result in a failing
Remember, plagiarism, even if commited
unintentionally, is a very serious academic offense; it can result in
failing a class, or in being separated from the College. If you are
uncertain about what constitutes plagiarism, please follow this link
to the Writing
Generally speaking, here is what the
grades that I give mean:
- a 4.0 is an extraordinary, knock
your socks off sort of essay; it has an original and exciting
thesis, an argument which could persuade someone whose mind was
already made up against it, and virtually no errors of grammar,
syntax, spelling, punctuation, etc.
- a 3.0 is a good essay; its thesis
is interesting, if not overwhelmingly original; its argumentation
is solid and moves in a rational manner from one point to the
next, pursuing a sensible structure; there are no major errors in
grammar or syntax, but there may be some minor errors
- a 2.0 is an essay which has a
seriously flawed thesis (one which states the obvious or ignores
all evidence to the contrary); the argument is vague, or
shapeless, or it makes leaps which are impossible to follow; the
essay may be mostly plot summary; there may be serious problems
with grammar, syntaxt, spelling and punctuation.
- a 1.0 is simply incomprehensible,
or entirely plot summary, or both.
4.0s are very, very rare; fortunately,
so are 1.0s.
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