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College of Arts & Sciences
First-Year English

'C' Paper




  • Thesis is present but focus of argument is general or vague
  • Poorly stated and/or poorly placed
  • Marginally addresses assignment



Content & Development



  • Leaves some ideas undeveloped or unsupported
  • Analysis is general or only examines the obvious but does address the assignment
  • Primarily shows understanding of the text(s), ideas and methods of the assignment
  • May have a major factual or conceptual inconsistency



Research & Support


  • Examination of text(s) reflects basic comprehension
  • Evidence includes some support
  • Evidence is integrated poorly





  • Overall organization is loose but main ideas stand out
  • Paragraphs are weakly unified
  • Some awkward transitions
  • Acceptable arrangement
  • Extraneous information



Language & Mechanics


  • Some awkward sentence structures and/or grammar errors which do not impact comprehension
  • Word choice is occasionally problematic
  • Primarily academic tone





Cites evidence and source material though inconsistently and/or the convention is not MLA