Assignments and Grading

Canvas homework and in-class writing                                   50

Blog Reflection Assignments                                                      30

Summary Assignment                                                                    25

Summary Analysis Paper                                                              50

Mind Map Assignment  + Proposal                                           25

Annotated Bibliography                                                                25

Personal Essay Research Project Draft                                    25

Personal Essay Research Project E-Portfolio Final              100


Total: 330 points

*The Final Project will be due as an electronic portfolio. We will spend time over the course of the semester working on personal blogs that will include or be revised to become the final Project. No previous blogging experience is required but an openness to learning and to working in new media for writing and revising is necessary.


Quizzes or in-class writing can’t be made up. Papers must be handed in/uploaded on their due dates; late papers will receive a one-letter grade drop (a “B” becomes a “C”). For emergencies or extenuating circumstances please talk to me about getting an extension before the due date.



High scoring papers (A and B range) are well above average in their sophistication, focus, development, and organization of ideas and in their effective use of language and style of writing. Papers that receive a mid-range grade are functioning at a basic level and often show less clear focus, may include some undeveloped ideas, and may utilize awkward language and grammatical or mechanical problems that distract from the flow of the essay. Failing papers may not meet the requirements of the assignment, have seriously underdeveloped ideas, or include an excessive accumulation of language errors that may make the paper generally unintelligible.

Grading Scale (calculate points earned out of points possible to see your percent grade, and translate that into the corresponding letter grade)

A+           100 – 97

A             96 – 93

A-            92 – 90

B+           89 – 87

B              86 – 83

B-            82 – 80

C+           79 – 77

C              76 – 73

C-            72 – 70

D+           69 – 67

D             66 – 63

D-            62 – 60

F              Below 60