Essays

When you hand in an essay, you must provide a hard copy and a digital copy. The digital copy is due 8PM the evening prior, and should be posted in the Forum section of our course website. Please create a new thread for your essay. Essays must be typed in 12-point Times New Roman font and double-spaced with one-inch margins (please note that some versions of MS Word set the default at 1.25). The pages must be stapled. Include your name, the course name, and section (ENGL 1102.R26), the assignment number, due date, my name, and title of the paper (but please, no title pages). Unless otherwise noted, all papers must follow the MLA format. Hand in hard copies in class. Any essay not submitted in a hard copy AND posted properly will be considered late.

For those of you worried about anonymity, you may leave your name off your online post (of course, this allowance presupposes you choose a username that does not compromise your identity).

Grading Rubric

An "A" essay will have no major grammatical or logical errors and be rhetorically compelling. It will fulfill the assignment. Where appropriate, it will synthesize sources into its argument, subordinating primary and secondary sources to its claims.

A "B" essay will only have minor grammatical problems and logical errors. It will fulfill the assignment. Where appropriate, it will synthesize sources into its argument, subordinating primary and secondary sources to its claims, though at times the connections between evidence and claim need further explication.

A "C" essay will have some grammatical and logical problems, but fulfills the minimum requirements of the assignment. Such an essay usually seems an attempt to fill pages. Though it will draw some conclusions, it will also describe more than explain, using sources as set-pieces rather than as rhetorical tools to make an argument more persuasive.

A "D" essay has substantial grammatical errors. It does not meet the minimum requirements of the assignment and usually has formatting errors.

An "F" essay does not fulfill the minimum assignment requirements or has significant grammatical problems.

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