Portfolio Grading Criteria

Humor is important (even if just at points there is a lightheardedness about the essay are a moment of dark humor)
It is a simple story made meaningful
Reader finishes the essay with a desire to read more
The essay is memorable.
There is an honesty to the essay.
Readers can relate (even if the topic is nothing they've ever experienced)
There is a distinctive voice.

“A” essays, while not perfect, fulfill the grading criteria exceptionally well.
These essays may take risks that are successful and show evidence of outstanding revision.

“B” essays meet the grading criteria successfully for the most part. These essays may take risks that are only somewhat successful, and they show evidence of serious and sustained revision to content, organization, and style.

“C” essays satisfy the grading criteria. These essays communicate a theme, bring the topic alive for the most part, employ ethos, are organized coherently, and contain competent prose. This essay may not take any risks and may not show much evidence of revision.

“D” essays do not satisfy the grading criteria. They may have a barely perceptible theme or many multiple underdeveloped themes. They use but few of the writing strategies that can bring a topic alive; in particular they rely on summary and vague, abstract expression. The organizational plan may resemble a shopping list narrative. Sentences may be awkward or confusing.

“F” essays do not exist or exist as discussion board posts/notebook entries.

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