Grading

To earn a passing grade in this course you need to complete all of the assignments according to the specifications that describe what you should be able to do as a reader, thinker, and writer.

Attendance: showing up is a crucial element in your final course grade. Not attending a class means that you are not contributing to the intellectual work of the class and that you are not demonstrating commitment to learning. Most everyone will miss a class or two in a semester. If you miss more than four classes, your grade will be affected. If you miss more than 6 classes (or three weeks of class) I will ask you to withdraw from the course.

Reading as a Writer (Weeks 2-5)

There is no partial credit or individual grade for each assignment. If you do the work, and it meets the project specifications, you will receive full credit. If you do not complete the work, or the work does not meet the specifications, you will receive no credit.

To receive a passing grade each essay must show me that you can do the things the project description requires. In addition, each essay will be 1) presented in standard manuscript format with few if any errors in grammar, punctuation, or formatting, 2) documented using in-text page citations and 3) submitted at the beginning of class on the due date.

If you do not receive a passing grade on any of the short essays in this sequence you will have the opportunity to revise the essay. The revision will be completed no later than the class meeting after the essay is returned to you.

The Writing Project (Weeks 5-15)

To receive a passing grade each essay (and the two research installments) must be 1) consistent with the project specifications, 2) submitted at the beginning of class on the due date, 3) typed, double-spaced, appropriately documented in accordance with the standard manuscript format guidelines and 4) presented with few if any errors in grammar, punctuation, or formatting.

If an assignment does not receive a passing grade, you may request (in writing) the opportunity to revise the essay. The revision will be completed in no more than five days following your written request. One request for revision will not affect your final grade. A second request will result in a B as the highest grade possible in the course. A third request will result in a C as the highest grade. A fourth request will result in a D as the highest grade.

Thinking and Writing Course Grade

To receive a passing grade in the course you will complete all of the writing assignments according to the specifications outlined in the project descriptions and 1) attend two individual conferences; 2) attend a conference with a Writing Assistant at the Center for Writing; 3) contribute to the collective intellectual work of the class through careful listening, thoughtful comments and questions, and engaged conversation; 4) demonstrate a commitment to developing more complex thinking and professional presentation of your thinking in writing; and 5) submit a complete final portfolio.

To receive a final grade of B in the course you will complete all of the writing assignments according to the specifications outlined above and

  • Attend two individual conferences and a conference with a Writing Assistant at the Center for Writing
  • Contribute consistently to the collective intellectual work of the class through careful listening, thoughtful comments and questions, and engaged conversation
  • Demonstrate a commitment to developing more complex thinking and professional presentation of your thinking in writing
  • Submit a well organized and professional portfolio with a reflective cover letter

To receive a final grade of A in the course you will complete all of the writing assignments according to the specifications outlined above and

  • Attend two individual conferences and a conference with a Writing Assistant at the Center for Writing
  • Contribute consistently to the collective intellectual work of the class through careful listening, thoughtful comments and questions, and engaged conversation
  • Submit a 3-5 page review of the book to complete the “Reading and Writing” sequence of short assignments. The review will make use of relevant parts of the shorter essays in a fuller description of the significance and value of the book
  • Complete a final essay that is developed sufficiently to present in a public forum, including a department colloquium or seminar, the annual Keene State College Academic Excellence Conference, a regional or national conference, or a publication, such as Keene State College’s Strigidae: A Journal of Undergraduate Writing in the Arts and Humanities
  • Submit a well organized and professional portfolio with an authentic and substantive reflective cover letter

We will go over the grading scheme in class. And I welcome questions at any point about your progress in the course. Please make an appointment during my office hours if you have questions. We will review your learning goals and your progress meeting those goals in our individual conferences during week 5 and week 10.