I use the following scale in grading:
Please review the additional guidelines regarding late work and plagiarism
that were covered in the first-day syllabus.
I'm looking forward to your best work! Keep the examples of Tobias Woolfe,
Jan Gray, Amy Wu, Jean Brandt, and our other authors in mind.
Standards Traditionally Used at Mercer
The A theme shows insight and the ability to state and develop a central
idea. Its ideas are clear, logical, and thought provoking; it contains
all of the positive qualities of good writing listed below:
1. Careful construction and organization of sentences and paragraphs.
2. Careful choice of effective words and phrases.
3. Concentration on a main purpose, with adequate development and firm
The B theme has a clearly stated central purpose, logically and adequately
developed. Its ideas are clear because it contains some of the positive
qualities of good writing. It is comparatively free of errors in the use
of English. Although indicating competence, the B paper lacks the insight
and style which characterizes the A theme.
The average theme will receive a grade of C. It has a central idea organized
clearly enough to convey its purpose to the reader. It avoids serious
errors in the use of English. It may, in fact, have few correction marks
on it, but it lacks the vigor of thought and expression which would entitle
it to an above-average rating.
The grade of D indicates below-average achievement in expressing ideas
correctly and effectively. Most D themes contain serious errors in the
use of English and fail to present a central idea or to develop it adequately.
With more careful proof-reading and fuller development, many D themes
might be worth at least a C rating.
The grade of F usually indicates failure to state and develop a main idea.
It may also indicate failure to avoid serious errors in grammar spelling,
punctuation, and sentence structure.