Spanish 201 - Compositions

There are 5 graded compositions in this course. Each of them counts as 3% of the final course grade.*

These 5 compositions are 225-250 words long and involve several steps:

  • THE OUTLINE. Once your instructor has assigned the topic of your composition, you will need to write an outline. You will bring the outline to class on the dates identified in the calendar as "write in class". The outline is 5% of the grade.
  • THE FIRST DRAFT. Using this outline, you will start writing the first draft of your composition in class. You will type and finish the composition at home and submit it the following day. Your instructor will give you general comments and feedback on your first draft, and will mark your errors without correcting them. The first draft is 25% of the grade.
    VERY IMPORTANT: The first draft of each composition needs to be written in class. If you are not in class and/or you do not submit a first draft, you will be not allowed to submit a final version and your grade for this composition will be zero.
  • THE FINAL VERSION. You will revise your compositions, correct these errors, and include your instructor’s comments, before submitting the final version.The final version is 60% of the grade.
  • THE ERROR ANALYSIS FORM. Print, complete and turn in this form with the final version of your composition. The error analysis form is 10% of the grade.

Specific instructions about the topic and goal of each composition will be given by your instructor on the dates assigned on the calendar.

Compositions will be graded on content, organization, grammar, vocabulary, and mechanics. You need to print a COMPOSITION EVALUATION FORM. You will submit this form with every draft and version of the composition.

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.

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

 *Summer courses have 4 compositions instead of 5. Each composition will be 3.75% of the final course grade.

 

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: required format (letter, essay, e-mail, etc.) and length; logically and effectively ordered; main points and details are connected; fluent; not choppy whatsoever
GOOD: correct format and length; 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: format acceptable; required length; limited order to the content; lacks logical sequencing of ideas; ineffective ordering; very choppy; disjointed
POOR: format acceptable; short essay; series of separate sentences with no transitions; disconnected ideas; no apparent order to the content
UNSATISFACTORY: format not acceptable; short essay; 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