is one history professors explanation of grading standards.
These standards will provide you with a good sense of an
instructor's expectations when grading your papers.
Generally, your professors are grading on:
to B: Above Average
receive an A or a B, an essay must be focused around
(or attentive to) a central argument that demonstrates
logic, thought, and originality.
This argument should be based upon the writers own
analysis of the primary historical sources found
in the course reader.
argument is developed in a clear and logical manner;
it is supported with specific, relevant, and accurate
A-B essay integrates information from the textbook,
the video lectures, and the course reader.
essay is clear and easy to read: it contains few
(if any) grammatical or typographical errors.
sum, the essay demonstrates excellent analytical skills
and the writers ability to present and relate historical
information in a meaningful manner.
A C essay contains a thoughtful central
argument, but this argument is inconsistently supported.
For example, the argument is supported with insufficient
or inaccurate historical evidence, or with unclear or
essay overly relies on information from the textbook,
rather than on the writers own analysis of the primary
sources in the course reader.
essays message is weakened by occasional lapses
in spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
sum, the essay meets the basic requirements of the
assignment, but the level of analysis and originality
is not as high as in the A-B essay.
A D-F essay lacks a focused argument, or the
argument demonstrates little original thought and analysis.
and support of the argument is weak, lacking concrete
or relevant historical evidence.
essay does not critically engage the primary sources in
the course reader. It ignores some or all of the assignment
message is obscured by typographical and grammatical errors.
sum, the essay does not meet college-level standards
of historical analysis.