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146A-2010+Grading+Guide - Dickinson-Grading Guide 1 Grading...

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Dickinson--Grading Guide 1. Grading criteria: I. To get some variety of A, the student must present a clear thesis and a strong, coherent, well-structured argument. There should be a clear logical progression through a series of issues or topics, clearly addressed to a central thesis and arriving at a clear conclusion. A+ genuinely exceptional in every respect A 1. clear thesis and coherent, well-structured argument 2. addresses an extensive range of central issues in the readings 3. clear understanding and explication of the material/readings 4. extensive and appropriate/effective use of evidence from the texts 5. well-written 6. strong introduction & conclusion (to support argument) A- most of the above, but may be slightly weaker on categories 3, 4, 5, or 6 (but not two of these three, and not #1 or 2) II. B papers will be characterized by a clear, coherent argument, but will be weaker in execution, even if sound in conception. B+ 1. clear, coherent, well-structured argument 2. addresses a reasonable range of issues in the readings, but may leave out one or two central issues--so, perhaps narrow in focus rather than comprehensive in bringing
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