Writing Standards[1]
Excellent

         Addresses the assignment thoughtfully and analytically, setting a challenging task.

         Displays awareness of and purpose in communicating to an audience.

         Establishes a clearly focused controlling idea.

         Demonstrates coherent and rhetorically sophisticated organization; makes effective connections between ideas.

         Provides clear generalizations with specific detail, compelling support, and cogent analysis.

         Cites relevant sources and evaluates their validity, effectively integrating them into text when appropriate.

         Displays superior, consistent control of syntax, sentence variety, word choice, and conventions of Standard English.

         ESL/Dialect Guideline: Grammatical errors are rare and do not interfere with overall effectiveness of the paper; occasional imprecision in word choice and usage may occur.

Strong

         Addresses the assignment clearly and analytically, setting a meaningful task.

         Addresses audience needs and expectations.

         Establishes a clearly focused controlling idea.

         Demonstrates clear and coherent organization.

         Provides clear generalizations and effective support and analysis.

         Cites relevant sources, effectively integrating them into text when appropriate.

         Displays consistent control of syntax, sentence variety, word choice, and conventions of Standard English.

         ESL/Dialect Guideline: Some grammatical errors may occur throughout the paper, but do not interfere with overall effectiveness; occasional inappropriate word choice or incorrect usage may occur.

Adequate

         Addresses the assignment with some analysis.

         Addresses most audience needs and expectations.

         Establishes a controlling idea.

         Demonstrates adequate organization.

         Provides support for and some analysis of generalizations.

         Cites appropriate sources, adequately integrating them into text.

         Displays adequate control of syntax, sentence variety, word choice, and conventions of Standard English; errors do not slow the reader, impede understanding, or seriously undermine the authority of the writer.

         ESL/Dialect Guideline: Grammatical errors, inappropriate word choice or incorrect usage may occur throughout the paper but rarely interfere with effective communication.

Seriously Flawed

         Addresses the assignment inadequately.

         Shows insufficient audience awareness.

         Strays from the controlling idea, or the idea is unclear.

         Displays formulaic, random, or confusing organization.

         Lacks generalizations, or provides generalizations with inadequate support or analysis.

         Fails to cite sources or cites and/or integrates them inappropriately.

         Shows deficient control of syntax, sentence variety, word choice, and conventions of Standard English; errors impede understanding.

         ESL/Dialect Guideline: Serious and frequent errors in grammar, word choice, or usage hinder communication.

Fundamentally Deficient

         Fails to address assignment.

         Demonstrates a lack of audience awareness.

         Lacks a controlling idea.

         Lacks organization or organizes illogically.

         Displays inability to generalize, analyze, or support ideas.

         Fails to use outside sources or misuses the texts of others.

         Shows inadequate control of syntax, sentence variety, word choice, and conventions of Standard English.

         ESL/Dialect Guideline: An accumulation of serious and frequent errors in grammar, word choice, or usage prevents communication.

 

 

 

 

 

 



[1] Adopted from University of California, Santa Cruz