Another Grading Criteria Option

Have students make a list of things an observation should do, call that your grading criteria, and use the rubric below.

“A” essays, while not perfect, fulfill the grading criteria exceptionally well.
These essays may take risks that are successful and may show evidence of outstanding revision.

“B” essays meet the grading criteria successfully for the most part. These essays may take risks that are only somewhat successful, and they may show evidence of serious and sustained revision to content, organization, and style.

“C” essays satisfy the grading criteria. These essays communicate a theme for the most part, are organized coherently, and contain competent prose. This essay may not take any risks and may not show much evidence of revision.

“D” essays do not satisfy the grading criteria. They may have a barely perceptible theme or many multiple underdeveloped themes. In particular they rely on summary and vague, abstract expression. The organizational plan may resemble a list narrative (and then this happened and then this happened). Sentences may be awkward or confusing.

“F” essays do not exist or exist as discussion board posts/notebook entries.

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