essays contain few, if any errors in sentence structure and coherence,
and they develop fully an interesting, insightful, tightly focused
argument. These essays provide the reader with clear support and
argumentation that fully justifies the authors conclusions,
and they are written in a style that is both felicitous and sophisticated.
The argument itself is both complex and fully developed.
essays contain few, if any, errors in sentence structure, and
they develop a clear, coherent argument. Support and explanation
of that argument, however, are insufficient either to convince
the reader completely or to make clear how the author reaches
his or her conclusions. The argument itself may also be somewhat
general and/or incompletely developed.
essays are fundamentally sound at the level of sentence structure
and diction, but their arguments rely too heavily on assertion.
Specific support is either unclear or missing, and the focus of
the essay may stray from its stated argument to make a more general
and unrelated point. There may also be problems in coherence,
complexity, or in the overall development of the argument.
essays contain problems at the level of sentence structure and
diction. They are marred by repeated mechanical errors and/or
awkward constructions that obscure the essays meaning. The
argument here relies almost completely on assertion, with no clear
support or development, and gives little or no analysis. Paragraphs
contain weak or no coherence and/or focus.
level of writing is unacceptable or the paper is in violation
of The University of Texas at Austin academic integrity policy.
Talk to your TA or to me.