DEVELOPMENT: Uses paragraphs and topic sentences; gives supporting reasons and examples, but may not be sufficiently contextualized, logically reasoned, or fully developed. Relies heavily on plot summary rather than analysis of literary elements, themes, or research. LITERACY: Sources are of acceptable quality and number; may not be the most relevant or current sources; quotations, summary, and paraphrases reflect a good-faith effort at correct designation but are commented upon simplistically.
LANGUAGE: Clear writing, mostly accurate word choice. MECHANICS: Free of distracting errors of spelling and punctuation. Reflects an attempt to follow most recent MLA guidelines.
Grading also provides feedback to instructors on their students’ learning, information that can inform future teaching decisions. Because grades are used as evaluations of student work, it’s important that grades accurately reflect the quality of student work and that student work is graded fairly.
Grading with accuracy and fairness can take a lot of time, which is often in short supply for college instructors.
THESIS: Lacks a thesis or controlling idea; does not address assigned topic. No literary analysis or use of secondary source material.
Does not relate clearly to themes, literary elements, or secondary sources. ORGANIZATION: Lack of organizing principle; lacks paragraphs. MLA: Severe deficiencies of quotation formatting, parenthetical citations, and Works Cited entries; entire lack of quotation punctuation, parenthetical citations, and Works Cited list.
Works Cited page follows most recent MLA guidelines.
Minor formatting errors do not deter from comprehensibility of citation; all significant information included.
MLA: Quotations are correctly punctuated and blocked in most instances.
Parenthetical citations used appropriately and correctly, according to most recent guidelines.