S312 Written Composition in Spanish

Fred F. Jehle

Grading criteria for compositions

IDEAS/CONTENT 20-18 Excellent-Very good Has fully anticipated reader questions in selecting information; topic well-thought-out and carefully developed with effective supporting detail; interesting to read.
17-14 Good-Adequate Has anticipated most reader questions in selecting information; topic may not be fully explored; development is adequate although some ideas may be incompletely supported or irrelevant; interesting ideas in places.
13-10 Fair-Poor Has anticipated few reader questions in selecting information; topic explored only superficially and inadequately developed with many ideas unsupported or irrelevant.
9-6 Needs lots of work Shows no awareness of reader needs; ideas superficial and/or uninteresting with little development; OR not enough to evaluate.
ORGANIZATION 20-18 Excellent-Very good Has fully anticipated reader needs in organizing and presenting information: clear thesis; flow of ideas fluid and logical; a pleasure to read.
17-14 Good-Adequate Has anticipated most reader needs in organizing and presenting information; main ideas stand out, but sequencing of ideas sometimes choppy or disconnected; reader may sometimes have difficulty following flow of ideas.
13-10 Fair-Poor Has anticipated few reader needs in organizing and presenting information; ideas frequently confused and/or disconnected, with logical breakdowns apparent; reader frequently has difficulty “getting the point” of message communicated.
9-6 Needs lots of work Shows no awareness of reader needs; logical organization absent, OR not enough to evaluate.
GRAMMAR 30-27 Excellent-Very good Wide range of structures with few or no significant errors (e.g., sentence structure).
26-22 Good-Adequate Adequate range of structures, but little variety; tends to overuse simple constructions; some significant and minor errors (e.g., agreement), but meaning seldom obscured.
21-17 Fair-Poor Limited range of structures with control of grammar uncertain; errors frequent, especially when more complex constructions attempted; meaning often confused or obscured.
16-12 Needs lots of work Frequent and persistent errors of basic grammar and sentence construction; meaning blocked as text dominated by errors; OR, not enough to evaluate.
VOCABULARY 20-18 Excellent-Very good Language choices appropriate for topic, purpose and reader; excellent use of idioms and precise, colorful vocabulary; little or no evidence of English interference.
17-14 Good-Adequate Language choices usually appropriate for topic, purpose and reader; vocabulary accurate but may be somewhat limited; some errors or interference may be present but meaning rarely obscured.
13-10 Fair-Poor Language choices sometimes inappropriate for topic, purpose and reader; vocabulary very limited, with overuse of imprecise or vague terms; English interference evident, particularly with respect to idioms; meaning often confused or obscured.
9-6 Needs lots of work Language choices often inappropriate for topic, purpose and reader; range of vocabulary extremely limited; English interference frequent; OR not enough to evaluate.
MECHANICS 10-9 Excellent-Very good Very few or no faults with respect to spelling/accentuation, punctuation or presentation (handwriting or typing).
8-7 Good-Adequate Occasional faults in spelling/accentuation, punctuation or presentation (handwriting or typing).
6-5 Fair-Poor Frequent errors in spelling/accentuation or punctuation; messy presentation that is sometimes illegible.
4-3 Needs lots of work Persistent errors in spelling/accentuation and punctuation; handwriting often illegible; OR not enough to evaluate.
TOTAL ____ / 100

Adapted from: Valdés, Gaudalupe, Trisha Dvorak and Thomasina Hannun. Composición: Proceso y síntesis, 2nd ed. New York: Random House, 1989.


Fred F. Jehle