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Clayborn Hall Grading Guide

Scoring Essay Answers

A to A- The writing focuses on the topic with ample information or examples from lessons, and has a logical structure. The paragraphs convey a sense of completeness, or wholeness. The writing demonstrates a grade-level command of language, including effective word choice. For all students in the eighth grade or higher, sentences are complete except when fragments are used purposefully. For all students in the sixth grade or higher, subject/verb agreement and verb and noun forms are generally correct. For all students in the fourth grade or higher, the writing closely follows the conventions of punctuation, capitalization, and spelling.

B+ to B- The writing is generally related to lesson material with adequate supporting ideas or examples, although development may be uneven. Logical order is apparent, although some lapses may occur. The answer conveys some sense of completeness, or wholeness: For students in the eighth grade or higher, word choice is generally adequate and precise. For all students in the sixth grade or higher, most sentences are complete. There may be occasional errors in subject/verb agreement and in standard forms of verbs and nouns but not enough to impede communication. For all students in the fourth grade or higher, the conventions of punctuation, capitalization, and spelling are generally followed.

C+ to C- The writing demonstrates some awareness of information contained in the lessons, but may include extraneous or loosely related material. Some supporting ideas or examples are included but are not developed. An organizational pattern has been attempted. The writing may lack a sense of completeness, or wholeness. According to grade level, vocabulary is adequate but limited, predictable, and occasionally vague. Paragraphs in which readability is limited by error in sentence structure, subject/verb agreement, and verb and noun forms are offered by students in the sixth grade or higher. Knowledge of the conventions of punctuation and capitalization is demonstrated. With few exceptions, commonly used words are spelled correctly.

D+ to D- . The writing is only slightly related to the topic, offering few supporting ideas or examples. The writing exhibits little or no evidence of an organizational pattern. According to grade level, development of ideas is erratic, inadequate, or illogical. Limited or inappropriate vocabulary obscures meaning. Gross errors in sentence structure and usage impede communication. Frequent and blatant errors occur in basic punctuation and capitalization, and commonly used words are frequently misspelled.

F The answer was left blank or contained incorrect information, or information not related to the question.

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