The English Department of Florida Southern
College has agreed upon the following minimal standards for
the grading of essays in English 1000, 1003, 1005, and
some higher-level courses in English.
A. An A essay is clear, logical, unified, and
fully developed, with specific, relevant, and ample detail as well
as sufficient support for generalizations. Sentences are varied,
transitions smooth, and diction appropriate. A quality such as
exceptional creativity, perception, or eloquence gives it
unquestionable distinction. Grammar and mechanics are excellent.
B. A B essay is, in nearly every aspect,
comparable to an A essay, but perhaps it is less
notable in its creativity and perceptions. Grammar and mechanics
C. A C essay is in the expression of its central
idea clear and reasonable, the transitions smooth, and the diction
adequate. The sentence structure is sound and of some variety.
Grammar and mechanics are fair.
D. A D essay contains a discernible central idea
and attempts a logical development of it, but syntax and diction
are unsophisticated. Grammar and mechanics show significant
F. An F essay lacks focus and
logic, and in syntax, content, or diction fails to satisfy the
usual expectations for a paper written in English 101 or 102. Its
grammar and mechanics are substandard for college-level work.
In addition to the above criteria, papers not
written on the assigned topic, papers that contain plagiarism, or
papers which depart significantly from the assigned length will be
graded F. The following grammatical and mechanical
errors may alter the effectiveness and, therefore, the grade of
any essay. Multiple minor errors will also lower a paper's grade.
||OTHER SIGNIFICANT ERRORS**
- Sentence Fragments, including misuse of the semicolon
- Run-on Sentences (fused sentences)
- Comma Splices
- Errors in Subject-Verb Agreement
- Errors in Case
- Errors in Verb Forms
- Omission of Inflectional Endings
- Certain Usage Errors (see Glossary)
- Misuse of Adjectives and Adverbs
- Faulty Pronoun Reference
- Errors in Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
- Dangling Modifiers
- Mixed Constructions
- Errors in Parallelism
- Certain Punctuation Errors
**Any of the errors on this list may be
considered a major error, depending upon its impact on the overall
effectiveness of a paper.