Poetry Guidelines


The upper range papers satisfy all the following criteria:
A. Each paper shows keen observation and reflection.
B. Each paper shows imaginative insight.
C. Each paper shows a sensitivity to the nuances of words.
D. Each paper shows control of appropriate formal elements: metrics, etc.
E. Each paper shows effective use of figurative language.


This score should be used for papers which fulfill the basic requirements for the 6 grade (meeting all criteria) but are thinner.


Middle range papers omit or are deficient in one of the criteria:
A. The writing shows an absence of meaningful detail.
B. The writing is unimaginative.
C. The writing shows the use of hackneyed words and phrases.
D. The writing lacks facility with formal elements.
E. This writing shows a failure to accomplish the desired effect..


This grade should be used for papers which fulfill the requirements for a 4 but are weaker.

2Lower range papers are deficient in two or more of the criteria.

This grade should be reserved for on-topic responses which have almost no redeeming qualities.

Response papers will be evaluated on the quality of writing that we have come to associate with the appropriate school level.