Spanish 203 - Compositions

There are 4 graded compositions in this course. Each of these compositions will be 275-300 words long and will count as 5% of the final course grade.

 

WRITING PROCESS

STEP 1: On the dates assigned on the calendar, you will receive specific instructions about the topic and goal of the composition. You will write the first draft of your composition at home and hand it in to your teacher on the date assigned on the calendar. This first draft counts as 30% of the grade.

STEP 2: Your teacher will read the first draft of your composition and will return it to you in two days with general comments and feedback. S/he will mark your errors without correcting them. You will need to revise your composition, correct these errors, and include your instructor’s comments before submitting the final typed version. With this final version you will also submit the error analysis form. The error analysis form counts as 10% of the grade, while the final draft counts as 60%.

VERY IMPORTANT: All compositions must be typed, double spaced, with 1-inch margins, and using a 12-point font. Accent marks and special Spanish characters need to be typed too.

VERY IMPORTANT: Compositions will not be accepted after the due date. Please check the dates on the course calendar and make sure you make the necessary arrangments on your own calendar to be able to write and submit all versions of your composition on time.

VERY IMPORTANT: All compositions must be written by the student without assistance. Tutor services are available at the University of Washington to help you with grammar explanations and specific questions. However, a tutor cannot revise or correct your composition. The use of online translation programs is not allowed either.
According to the honesty code of the University of Washington, “you are guilty of cheating whenever you present as your own work something that you did not do. You are also guilty of cheating if you help someone else to cheat”. Visit the following webpage for more information on academic honesty, cheating, and plagiarism:
http://depts.washington.edu/grading/pdf/AcademicResponsibility.pdf

 

FORMS

The compositions will be graded on content, organization, grammar, vocabulary, and mechanics, following the evaluation criteria below.

COMPOSITION EVALUATION FORM. Print this form and submit it with every version of your composition. Together with this form you will also submit all previous versions of your composition.

COMPOSITION ERROR ANALYSIS FORM. Print this form, fill it, and submit it with the final version of your composition.

 

EVALUATION CRITERIA

CONTENT
EXCELLENT: very complete information; no more can be said; thorough; relevant; on target
GOOD: adequate information; some development of ideas; some ideas lack supporting detail or evidence
REGULAR: limited information; ideas present but not developed; lack of supporting detail or evidence
POOR: minimal information; information lacks substance (is superficial); inappropriate or irrelevant information
UNSATISFACTORY: not enough information to evaluate

ORGANIZATION
EXCELLENT: logically and effectively ordered; main points and details are connected; fluent; not choppy whatsoever
GOOD: an apparent order to the content is intended; somewhat choppy; loosely organized but main points do stand out although sequencing of ideas is not complete
REGULAR: limited order to the content; lacks logical sequencing of ideas; ineffective ordering; very choppy; disjointed
POOR: series of separate sentences with no transitions; disconnected ideas; no apparent order to the content
UNSATISFACTORY: not enough information to evaluate

VOCABULARY
EXCELLENT: broad; impressive; precise and effective word use and choice; extensive use of words studied
GOOD: adequate but not impressive; some erroneous word usage or choice, but meaning is not confused or obscured; some use of words studied
REGULAR: erroneous word use or choice leads to confused or obscured meaning; some literal translations and invented words; limited use of words studied
POOR: inadequate; repetitive; incorrect use or non-use of words studied; literal translations; abundance of invented words
UNSATISFACTORY: not enough information to evaluate

GRAMMAR
EXCELLENT: no errors in the grammar presented in lesson; very few errors in subject/verb or adjective/noun agreement; work was well edited for language
GOOD: no errors in the grammar presented in lesson; occasional errors in subject/verb or adjective/noun agreement; erroneous use of language does not impede comprehensibility; some editing for language evident but not complete
REGULAR: no errors in the grammar presented in lesson; some errors in subject/verb agreement; some errors in adjective/noun agreement; erroneous use of language often impedes comprehensibility; work was poorly edited for language
POOR: one or more errors in use and form of the grammar presented in lesson; frequent errors in subject/verb agreement; non-Spanish sentence structure; erroneous use of language makes the work mostly incomprehensible; no evidence of having edited the work for language
UNSATISFACTORY: not enough information to evaluate

MECHANICS
EXCELLENT: almost no errors in spelling, punctuation, or capitalization
GOOD: very few errors in spelling, punctuation, or capitalization
REGULAR: few errors in punctuation, spelling, or capitalization
POOR: frequent errors in  punctuation, spelling, or capitalization
UNSATISFACTORY: very frequent errors in punctuation, spelling, or capitalization