Salinas/English Composition Grading key See your instructor or a tutor, or consult a grammar handbook if you have trouble

correcting any of the problems below. GRAMMAR *? = unclear phrasing/idea *adj = adjective *adv = adverb *awk = awkward phrasing *cap = capital letter *com = add or remove comma *conj = conjunction problem *lc = lower case *mm = misplaced modifier dangling modifier *fr = fragment (incomplete sentence) *par = make phrasing parallel: verbs, modifiers, adjectives, adverbs, etc. *pl = use plural form *poss = use possessive form *pro = pronoun object/subject unclear pronoun reference pronoun agreement *r/o = run-on sentence *sing = use singular form *sp = spelling *sv = subject-verb agreement *v = verb problem *vt = verb tense *wc = word choice ESSAY SCORE Your essay score has three parts: 40/40/20 *The first score is for structure and depends on: *clear, specific thesis statement (10 points) *overall focus (10 points) *strong paragraph focus/structure (10 points) *connecting ideas logically with transitions and topic sentences (10 points). *citing outside sources correctly according to MLA style (5 points for essays with research) *The second score is for content and depends *using specific supporting details (20 points) *the quality of your ideas, opinions and analysis (10 points) *creativity (10 points) *The third score is for grammar. GRADING SCALE Total score (out of 100) 92-100 = A 88-91 = B+ 82-87 = B 78-81 = C+ 72-77 = C 68-71= D+ 62-67 = D <61= F Partial scores for content/structure (out of 40) 36-40 = A 32-35 = B 31-28 = C 27-24 = D <24 = F Partial score for grammar (out of 20) 20-18 = A 17-16 = B 15-14 = C 13-12 = D <12 = F STRUCTURE/CONTENT *det = add detail or make detail more specific *foc = improve focus by adding or deleting detail paragraph or essay contains detail not relevant to main idea *org = problem with organization/rearrange ideas for better logic *P = create new paragraph/problem with paragraph structure *trans = add or improve transitional phrase *ts = add or improve topic sentence

Salinas/English Composition Essay Self-Evaluation Form Review your first and second essays to fill out this form. Use the back if necessary. Essay 1: Total score and grade: __________ Structure Partial score and grade: __________ *List the most common mistakes in structure and how many you made: #1 __________ ( #2 __________ ( ) )

*Explain how you can correct the biggest problem with structure. What are you doing wrong? Do you need to work with your instructor or a tutor to address the problem?

Content Partial score and grade: __________ *Based on the instructor’s comments, List two examples of places where you could have added more detail, shown more creativity, or improved the overall quality of your analysis. Explain. 1)

2)

Grammar Partial score and grade: __________ *List the most common mistakes in grammar and how many you made: #1 __________ ( #2 __________ ( ) )

*Explain how you can correct the biggest problem with grammar. What are you doing wrong? Do you need to work with your instructor or a tutor to address the problem?

*List the words that were the wrong choice, provide definitions, and replace them with more accurate words:

*On the back of this sheet or on a separate sheet of paper, complete the same exercises for the second essay and answer these additional questions: *In what ways does this essay show improvement over previous ones? *What areas have not shown improvement and require more work? *Are there any areas not showing improvement where you need extra help from your instructor or tutor? *Set one clear improvement goal. How can you prepare to make sure your next essay is better?