in ENG 266 are expected to adhere to the Elon College Honor Code.
The following grading standards apply to writing done in and out of class:
Writing of this quality is characterized by originality of thought, felicity
of expression and
coherence of structure. Writing must not only be free of gross mechanical mistakes, it must
also display some sophistication of style marked by syntactical variety and precision of
word choice. The writing must be knowledgeable and interesting. The reader may think
"I wish I had written that." In short, A writing displays a uniform excellence in content
This writing is expected to show some originality of thought, but it is
not held to the same
high standard as the above. Writing may have a few errors of usage, but nothing as
serious as subject-verb disagreement, dangling modifiers and sentence fragments.
Sentences should be somewhat varied to avoid monotony. A definite organization and
progression of thought must be evident. While this writing does not measure up to the
highest level, it is still obviously above the average in content and expression.
Writing of this level will display a fair number of mechanical problems
of usage and
organization. There may be a few serious grammatical errors and a lack of syntactical
variety, leading to a monotony of expression. Although there is some attempt at structure,
the organization is not as close knit as in the previous levels. This writing displays some
effort of original thinking but falls far short of honor level work.
As college level writing this is not acceptable. There is minimal or no
control of grammar,
punctuation and spelling. Little or no attention is given to paragraphing, and the content is
garbled and unoriginal. Sentences, when they are not fragments, are predominately simple,
boring, and repetitive. This writing is a serious warning sign that something is definitely
wrong. Either no effort was put into this essay or the student needs extensive help in the
Unacceptable in all respects. Serious grammatical and punctuation errors
is immature, and organization is extremely weak or nonexistent with no attention paid to