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College of Arts & Sciences
First-Year English

'A' Paper




  • Original thesis
  • Clear, precise, well-defined, arguable thesis
  • Address assignment



Content & Development



  • All points fully developed
  • Cogent analysis; original and insightful ideas
  • Shows command of the text(s), ideas and methods of the assignment
  • Persuasive reasoning develops and supports thesis



Research & Support


  • Examination of text(s) informs insightful analysis
  • Evidence is well-chosen
  • Evidence is skillfully integrated to support key points





  • Overall organization skillfully and logically builds support for the thesis
  • Paragraphs are cohesive
  • Clear and smooth transitions
  • Excellent arrangement



Language & Mechanics


  • Uses sophisticated sentences effectively
  • Word choice is appropriate and varied
  • Academic tone





MLA format is observed, though there may be a few minor errors