Grading Scales for ENG6018 Fall 2008 – online assignments

 

Weekly Posts:

For each class, I will post a series of discussion questions and related information about the day’s reading. From this list, you should choose a question to focus your writing. Also, try to incorporate the ideas and observations made in other posts by your classmates. It is your responsibility to read the posts before answering a question. Choose a question that has not been fully addressed previously. If the question you want has been answered well, move onto another question until all the questions have been answered. If you repeat a response -- even by accident -- you must write another post on another question or you will not receive credit.

 

Minimum Requirements – 1 point (Grade of C)

            200 words or more

            Answers a question from N&Q

            Does not duplicate a response from previous post

            Engages the texts from the weekly assignment

            Posted by 6:00 pm Thursday

 

Satisfactory Response – 2 points (Grade of B)

            All of the above AND

            Engages the ideas of another post or previous discussion thread (can be in multiple posts in response to discussion threads.)

            Includes textual examples

            Considers more than one interpretation

 

           

Excellent Response – 3 points (Grade of A)

All of the above AND

            Thoughtfully engages the ideas of another post or previous discussion thread

            Includes textual examples with critical commentary and interpretation

            Considers more than one interpretation and/or raises pertinent question and suggests further directions for inquiry.

            Makes valuable connections to previous discussions or synthesizes major points. (This can reflect multiple posts in response to discussion threads)

 

Anything that does not meet the minimum requirements will not receive credit.

 

Reports:

These five-page documents will be the product of research and reflection on course texts and themes. The documents should present a concrete idea or message about the subject; subjects will be listed on the WIKI sites by the second week of class and students can begin their research based on the bibliographies and suggestions in the NATC. If students want to research a different subject that is related to the material for that week, they can do so with approval from the instructor. Independent projects need to be approved by the third week in the semester.

The student should submit the report to the course WIKI by Monday at 6:00 pm before the Thursday on which it is due. One of the purposes of the assignment is to generate information about the context and implications of the critical arguments from the past that we are reading. These reports may be contentious, but they should always be well reasoned and well written. Students should be aware of and engage in critical discussions of the subject through a variety of critical lenses available in the research.

The reports should also be submitted to the instructor in standard formatting and bibliography through SAFE ASSIGNMENT. In an email to me, students should write a cover-letter for the report, explaining what they attempted in the paper and what they perceive to be the purpose and the main point of the paper; they can also take the opportunity to express any reservations, hesitations or questions they may yet have about the paper.

Papers will be evaluated on the basis of competence in writing and reasoning, on the lucidity of argument, and on the completeness of research and presentation. Students are encouraged to speak with the instructor about the topic and research plan in advance of writing the paper. Also, students are encouraged to shape the paper so as to be able to answer the questions posted below under "Response."

 

Minimum Requirements – Grade C

The report is relevant to the topic for the week.

The report has a main point articulated within the first page.

The report presents enough contextual information to make sense of the point.

The report presents more than one scholarly view of the subject.

The report incorporates scholarship from at least three authorized or dependable sources.

The report does not ignore important information that would affect the conclusion.

The conclusion follows logically from the information presented.

There may be some errors in grammar, mechanics, and word choice, but few major errors such as sentence fragments or comma splices.

Style and voice may not be entirely clear or consistent.

The report is between 1250 and 1500 words in length (without sources).

The report is properly formatted according to MLA standards, including appropriate references and citations.

Student has submitted the report to the WIKI on time, and to the instructor by SafeAssignment.  The student has also submitted a coverletter to the instructor explaining what they attempted in the paper and what they perceive to be the purpose and the main point of the paper; they can also take the opportunity to express any reservations, hesitations or questions.

 

Satisfactory Report – Grade B

The report is relevant to the topic for the week.

The report has an insightful main point articulated clearly within the first page and that is supported throughout.

The report presents sufficient contextual information in an organized and accessible manner.

The report presents and assesses more than one scholarly view of the subject.

The report incorporates scholarship from at least four authorized or dependable sources.

The report does not ignore important information that would affect the conclusion.

The conclusion follows logically from the information presented.

There are few problems with grammar, mechanics, and word choice.

Style and voice are adapted to the audience and the topic, and the paper has some interest.

The report is between 1250 and 1500 words in length (without sources).

The report is properly formatted according to MLA standards, including appropriate references and citations.

Student has submitted the report to the WIKI on time, and to the instructor by SafeAssignment.  The student has also submitted a coverletter to the instructor explaining what they attempted in the paper and what they perceive to be the purpose and the main point of the paper; they can also take the opportunity to express any reservations, hesitations or questions.

 

Excellent Report – Grade A

The report is relevant to the topic for the week.

The report has an insightful and significant main point articulated clearly within the first page and that is supported throughout.

The report presents sufficient contextual information in an organized and accessible manner.

The report presents and assesses more than one scholarly view of the subject.

The report incorporates and evaluates scholarship from four or more authorized or dependable sources.

The report does not ignore important information that would affect the conclusion.

The conclusion follows logically from the information presented and draws out the implications of the subject.

Problems with grammar, mechanics, and word choice are rare and minor.

No factual or logical errors are made.

Style and voice are well-suited to the audience and the topic, and the paper is engaging.

The report is between 1250 and 1500 words in length (without sources).

The report is properly formatted according to MLA standards, including appropriate references and citations.

Student has submitted the report to the WIKI on time, and to the instructor by SafeAssignment.  The student has also submitted a coverletter to the instructor explaining what they attempted in the paper and what they perceive to be the purpose and the main point of the paper; they can also take the opportunity to express any reservations, hesitations or questions.

 

Report Responses:

These informal posts should be critical reflections on the reports, designed for public posting and discussion. The subject should ALWAYS be the report itself, not the writer. The audience is our class. The tone should be professional: critical but reasonable and with minimal unselfconscious emotional reaction.

Each response should be a minimum of 100 words and engage in the critical conversation around the report.

 

Minimum Requirements: 1 point (Grade C)

100 word contribution

Engages the text of the report

Offers a critical, constructive or appreciative comment.

Maintains appropriate tone:  professional, reasonable, reflective

 

Satisfactory Response: 2 points (Grade B)

Minimum of 100 word contribution

Thoughtfully engages the main point(s) of the text of the report

Contributes a meaningful criticism or question to discussion.

Maintains appropriate tone:  professional, reasonable, reflective

 

Excellent Response: 3 points (Grade A)

More than 100 word contribution

Thoughtfully engages the main point(s) of the text of the report

Contributes a meaningful criticism or question to discussion.

Maintains appropriate tone:  professional, reasonable, reflective

Increases the class understanding of the subject

 

Mentoring Group

Each student must write a substantial posting of a minimum 300 words each week. This can take place in a multiple-part exchange or a single volley. The instructor will monitor the discussions on a weekly basis. The records must indicate active weekly participation in this forum for credit. The discussions must reflect genuine engagement with the texts and pursuit of conceptual clarity related to course material. Like the posts, these will be graded on effort, but it will also be scored on content. For full credit (3 points), the student's writing should reflect a) substantial inquiry into assigned reading; b) engagement with mentoring unit's writing (that is, this should be a dialogue, not a monologue; c) effort to reach a deeper understanding or to seek additional discussion with members of the class in the online community

 

Excellent Mentoring Group Activity – 3 points or A

300 words of more

Substantial inquiry into assigned reading and textual analysis and responds to questions in N&Q

Includes but does not focus on minor details and textual summary.

Thoughtful engagement with other member(s) of group, in a timely fashion (generally this will be by Wednesday), shows consideration and respect for the other member(s) of group

Significant effort to reach a deeper understanding by questioning articulately and explaining carefully

Appropriate and creative use of Group spaces (discussion board, WIKI space, etc.)

 

Satisfactory Mentoring Group Activity – 2 points or B

Minimum 300 words

Writing addresses texts for the week and responds to questions in N&Q

Includes but does not focus on minor details and textual summary.

Writing engages and responds to the other member(s) of the group in a timely fashion

Attempt to reach a deeper understanding of the text, but questions and answers may be vague or rushed.

Appropriate use of Group spaces (discussion board, WIKI space, etc.)

 

Minimum Requirements – 1 point or C

300 word contribution 

Writing addresses the texts for the week

Writing engages and responds to the other member(s) of the group in a timely fashion

Attempt to reach a deeper understanding of the text is made, though it may be general and not move beyond summary.

Appropriate use of Group spaces (discussion board, WIKI space, etc.)