Grade Policy

University of Oregon Composition Program Grading Policy

 

Overall Grade

Overall

Work

Participation

(up to 10%)

Shorter Formal Assignments

(up to 15%)

Essays

(70% or greater)

Revision

A+

A

A-

Excellent: Well exceeds requirements in most or all areas Raises the level of the discourse community through insightful class comments and focused, active listening. Takes full advantage of multiple methods of participation, which could include things like office hours, Blackboard forums, or tutoring. Goes well beyond assignment requirements by developing ideas with thorough analysis. Almost no patterns of error. Sustains in-depth inquiry into questions at issue within the discourse community. Makes an original argument supported by strong organization. The order and development of paragraphs creates a clear line of reasoning. Topic sentences provide transition and deepen reasoning. Analyzes evidence thoroughly. Almost no patterns of error. Prose style enhances the argument. Interprets and applies instructor and peer feedback in a way that rigorously works through many or all of the problems in the first version. At the same time, the revision displays ownership of the paper’s ideas, going beyond feedback to preserve and extend the author’s vision and voice.
B+

B

B-

Good:Meets all requirements and often exceeds them Contributes thoughtfully to the discourse community through productive class comments and active listening. Takes advantage of multiple methods of participation. Goes beyond assignment requirements by displaying engagement in ideas and analysis. Few patterns of error. Sustains inquiry into questions at issue within the discourse community. Makes a reasonable argument supported by sound organization. Each paragraph develops an idea related to the enthymeme. Analyzes evidence. Few patterns of error. Works at developing a thoughtful prose style. Integrates instructor and peer feedback with the author’s vision to purposefully work through many of the problems in the first version.
C+

C

C-

Satisfactory: Meets all requirements Contributes to the discourse community through pertinent, respectful class comments and active listening. Comes to class prepared to work. Meets all assignment requirements and displays comprehension of the material. Writing errors do not impede clarity. Attempts inquiry into questions at issue within the discourse community. Makes a clear argument and displays an attempt at organization, though some paragraphs may not develop ideas fully or relate clearly to the enthymeme. Includes some evidence. Writing errors do not impede clarity. Attempts to recognize, translate, and apply instructor and peer feedback through most of the essay. Extends revision beyond the sentence level.
D+

D

D-

Unsatisfactory: Does not meet all requirements Does not contribute or does not contribute respectfully to the discourse community. Is frequently unprepared for class. Does not meet all assignment requirements. Writing errors may impede clarity. Displays little sense of inquiry into questions at issue within the discourse community. Lacks a clear argument. Includes little evidence or relies on generalizations or assumptions for evidence. Writing errors may impede clarity. May not meet required page length. Makes no attempt to apply instructor or peer feedback beyond proofreading and editing.
F Does not meet requirements Disrupts the discourse community. Is almost always unprepared for class. In no way addresses the assignment. In no way addresses the assignment. In no way attempts revision.