GRADING SHEET FOR
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In the grading of
outcomes-assessment essays, instructors follow the grading standards,
criteria, and guidelines set forth by the College of Arts & Sciences,
the English Department, and the World Literature Program. In the grading
of outcomes-assessment final exams, instructors observe the distinctions
defined in the program's document Grading of Essays and Other Written
Work and fill out a grading sheet for each essay. The completed sheet
is attached to the front of the essay and submitted to the World Literature
director at the end of each semester.
Does the essay have a clearly defined thesis statement? Is the essay
developed around concepts and does the student support his/her argumentation
with textual evidence? Is the essay original and does it go beyond class
discussion? Does it evince the student's ability to use literary terminology
and to synthesize the material covered during the semester? Does the
student contextualize the discussion historically and is the student
able to discuss issues across literary movements, cultures, and gender?
REASONING, ORGANIZATION, & DEVELOPMENT
Is the essay coherently and consistently argued? Does the student have
well developed paragraphs arguing one idea well substantiated with appropriate
textual evidence? Is there consistency between the thesis statement
and the conclusion? Does the student show evidence of classifying, identifying
and arranging information in logical order? Do the paragraphs have logical
connectors and do the controlling ideas of all paragraphs contribute
to the proposed thesis? Does the student draw inferences and analyze
quotations and connect them to the topic under discussion?
LANGUAGE, FORM, AND STYLE
Is the essay written in clear, direct, lucid formal language and an
unobtrusive, elegant style? Is the essay well written and does it evince
mastery of writing mechanics and grammar? Is the essay formatted, written,
and documented according to MLA or APA? Does the essay demonstrate command,
understanding, and precise use of technical and literary terminology
and concepts? Is the essay written in the appropriate style?
Does the student show evidence of analytical and problem solving skills?
Does he/she draw reasonable inferences from the text read? Does he/she
synthesize and integrate information and ideas into his/her argumentation
of the thesis statement well? Does the student show evidence of creative,
holistic, and independent thinking? Does the student discern facts from
fiction? Does the student present an autonomous interpretation of the
text(s) read or is it a mere rehashing of information accumulated during
the semester? Does the student show knowledge of the texts and arrange
this information in a causal manner so as to prove the thesis statement?