Notes about Grading Unit 1 Essays


Grading Scale Used

You can compare the grade (for Reading FOR Evidence for example) with the scale to see what letter grade it indicates.


Note well: you got more points because I used the incorrect scale since I started with it.

Clarifying Numbers for Grades

1.11 = a temporary grade. It means you need to show me where the textbook exactly supports what you say before I can grade it. Good Habits for Evidence covers the criteria.

If You Think I Am Wrong on My Evaluation of Your Evidence

The advantage of evidenced-based grading of your work (what I am trying to do) is thatóif I am wrong and sooner or later I will beóyou can show me the evidence in the textbook that you were using. In our dialog, we both can get things straight. We all need the best truth we can figure out.


To get the skills you need for a good job that pays well or to get a 4-year degree, start practicing them now.




Planning: You will be Writing for experts in a discipline (a field of study) in the rest of your academic life and in your work life. Practice now.


Planning: Never state a specific fact that you have not verified immediately before the test.

Start treating your work and words as though they matter now.

A prof can give points for a variety of facts, but a prof cannot ignore error.

Planning: Read and write for both parts of the question. No boss or prof asks a question for you to ignore it and for you to give them a pile of useless words

Train yourself to notice the problem you are to solve now.

Calvin and 1 New England colony

Standard Oil and the Sherman Anti-trust Act

Reading: Before you say you understand, be sure you know all of these:






         And sometimes how


Reading: Do not ignore things you do not understand. If you donít understand some parts of the textbook in a section you are to read, then you donít understand the whole. Start doing thinking skills now.


Reading: Do not include everything under a heading in the textbook when only a part of that section applies to the question.

Start noticing what the words are about. You are not doinga quota of words but showing your understanding.

The Enlightenment example

Reading: Read all parts of the required pages.

The 1302 example on silver

All of the questions for 1301

Writing: Avoid saying words that make your statements hard to prove.

Any, all, every, always

Mechanics: Follow the model in your textbook or check The Bedford Handbook. Stop assuming what you do is right. Start observing what the world of work calls good now.

1860s (not 1860ís)

1700s (not 1700ís)

Mechanics: Build your language skills now.

Its = it owns

Itís = it is














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