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  • Resource: Sample grading sheets
    Introduction Focusing your commenting energies Handling grammar Using a grading sheet Resource Sample grading sheets Introductory Composition Report Report Science Project Resource Sample grading criteria Additional Resources Print Friendly Page Authors Contributors Resource Sample grading sheets Four sample grading sheets are provided Introductory Composition Report Report Science Project Tweet HELP SITE INDEX ABOUT THIS SITE CONTACT Writing CSU is an open access educational Web site supported by Colorado State University

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  • Resource: Sample grading criteria
    B Strong in most areas but intermittently deficient in one area of containing minor problems in more than one area For instance the essay may be strong in all areas but have some problems with audience contact portions may lose focus or be underdeveloped or there may be some distracting inconsistencies or errors in style coherence C The essay generally does the main job of the assignment so it maintains its purpose But it s either intermittently deficient in two categories or consistently deficient in one For instance there may be intermittent problems with both audience contact and development or the whole essay may be consistently underdeveloped D The essay is consistently deficient in two areas for example consistently unfocused and underdeveloped to the degree that the deficiencies undermine the purpose of the essay An unfocused and underdeveloped essay for instance would not be able to convey its message to a reader in any significant way The essay could also have enough serious problems in a combination of areas that the purpose is undermined It could also miss a major portion of the assignment like an essay which has no connection to the assigned topic F This is an essay

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  • Print-Friendly Page
    margin where a sentence gets too confusing or where mistaken punctuation leads the reader astray Students are resourceful they can get help from our on campus Writing Center office or our Writing Center Web site and will figure out the problem once a reader points out where the text stumbles That s really all it takes Use peer editing Perhaps the most helpful tool in getting clean readable papers from students is the peer editing session Most students are better editors of someone else s paper than proofreaders of their own so having students exchange papers and look for flaws helps them find many more glitches than they ll find on their own View More about Student Peer Review A time saving short cut If you feel compelled to mark grammatical and stylistic flaws work out a shorthand for yourself and give students a handout explaining your marks Most teachers can get by with one symbol for a sentence that gets derailed or confused another for faulty punctuation of all sorts and a third for inaccurate words spelling or meaning Save your time and energy for commenting on substance rather than form Sample policies on grading grammar versus content Outdoor Resources 1XX excerpts Although we don t recommend assigning points for errors because then you have to mark and count them all this teacher was clear about expectations Form Your paper should contain from 1 500 to 2 000 words or about five to seven pages The paper must be typewritten double spaced and bound Neatness is essential A Check List of Points to Consider I Mechanics Neatness Is your report clean neatly organized with a look of professional pride about it Spelling Two points will be deducted for each misspelled word Grammar and punctuation Five points will be deducted for each sentence which uses improper grammar or punctuation Outline Did you follow the course outline Form Is your paper in the proper form Bibliography Are the references properly cited Binding Use a cover binding with a secure clasp II Content Use a grading sheet Grading comment sheets or checksheets give teachers and students two advantages over free form grading Grading sheets of some sort assure that teachers will give students feedback about all the major criteria they set out on the assignment sheet Even if you decide to use a simple checksheet that ranks students performance on each criterion on a 1 10 scale students will be able to see quickly where their strengths and weaknesses are as writers for this assignment Grading sheets particularly checksheets typically save teachers time Even composition teachers don t comment exhaustively about each criterion for each assignment so too disciplinary teachers should be aware that they can comment at some length on just one or two points typically the major strength and the major weakness and then rely on the checksheet to fill in for less crucial areas of the paper If students are concerned about getting more feedback than the checksheet provides

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  • Contributors to this Guide
    Handling grammar Using a grading sheet Resource Sample grading sheets Resource Sample grading criteria Additional Resources Print Friendly Page Authors Contributors Contributors to this Guide Content Development Kate Kiefer Contributors of Classroom Materials Kate Kiefer Donna LeCourt Stephen Reid Jean Wyrick HTML Coding Luann Barnes John Robinson Design and ColdFusion Programming Mike Palmquist Tweet HELP SITE INDEX ABOUT THIS SITE CONTACT Writing CSU is an open access educational Web site

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  • Types of Summaries
    of Summaries S ummaries written in order to recommend a specific course of action are executive summaries Summaries that highlight the major points of a long piece are called abstracts The purpose of an abstract is to allow readers to decide whether or not they want to read the longer text Standard summary only refers to a summary of someone else s published work and is written for a variety

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  • Processes for Writing an Executive Summary
    typically written for longer reports They should not be written until after your report is finished Before writing your summary try Summarizing the major sections of your report You might even copy text from your report into the summary and then edit it down Talking aloud or even tape recording yourself summarizing sections of your report Questions to Ask Yourself as You Write What is your report about Why is

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  • Concise Statement
    or what you re basing your conclusion on Instead begin with a concise statement of the conclusion you reached after conducting your analysis and or research is the paper that will be attached For example after a comparison of what other schools like CSU do about personal calls for faculty you conclude that the CSU is charging for calls most other institutions do not How you word the conclusion will differ depending on your audience and what they care most about The following examples illustrate how the wording must change given an audience s needs Example One Colorado State should discontinue the practice of charging faculty for personal calls This is a good example if the people you work for are only interested in this issue It begins with a summary of conclusions regarding only the CSU population Example Two Because I have found that over 75 of comparable institutions do not charge for personal calls I have concluded that our faculty is justified in objecting to this practice which should be seen as a perk for our faculty This sentence provides unnecessary information about other institutions and or why the faculty think they deserve to have these calls paid

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  • Writing Recommendations
    more about writing recommendations After summarizing the entire article and or research report s an executive summary ends with a one or two line recommendation for action Simple Formula E xecutive summaries frequently make use of transitional phrases to encapsulate the preceding information in the same sentence as the recommendation The format can almost be envisioned as a formula transitional word concise statement of information provided in summary I recommend that corporation office person in question do recommendations More Complex Recommendations I n other cases the recommendation might be complicated enough to justify a summary of causes for the recommendation In this case the recommendation paragraph usually begins with a summary of how the writer reached the recommendation Example Susie s Cookies began as a small business in Cleveland Ohio which has expanded to include 45 stores throughout the Midwest Plans have already been instituted to expand sales nationwide using the same mall concept marketing strategy which has proven successful in the Midwest Despite these plans Susie s Cookies may be in danger of bankruptcy Susie s quadrupled its sales in the last two quarters realizing a profit of 750 000 in the current year an increase of 250 000 over the previous year due to its increase in advertising To realize equivalent sale figures nationwide however it is projected that advertising costs will increase by 200 for the first two years of the national expansions Further construction costs for the new stores are estimated to be 20 million dollars The result of increased advertising and construction costs will put a substantial debt burden on Susie s cookies an estimated 750 00 to 1 million a year Given that sales did not reach current levels in the Midwest until the 45 stores had been operating for five years projected sales

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