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Composing the Self Grade Breakdown

Grades will be calculated use the 4.0 system for each category, and then weighted based on the chart below to determine an overall average for the final course grade. Each grade point represents the minimum threshold for that letter grade. For example, if you average a 3.5, you would end up with a B+, since the 3.7 of an A- was not achieved.

  • Attend all class sessions. Missing more than 4 separate class sessions will negatively effective your final grade. 
  • The student is responsible for all administrative procedures: adds, drops, withdrawals, etc.
  • In order to achieve a specific letter grade, all requirements within that category must be met (see Appendix for the general evaluation rubric). A (+) or (-) designation indicates meeting some but not all of the requirements of a grading category (as established in evaluation rubrics). For example, if you met three of the requirements of an “A” composition, but two of a “B”, then the grade would be an A-. Conversely, meeting three requirements of the “B” category and two of the “A” would result in a B+.


Grade Breakdown English 208
Area of  Evaluation Percent
Blog Portfolio (short compositions) 20%
Open Letter 20%
Memoir Project 20%
Self-Ethnography Project 20%
Discussion Forum 10%
Process and Participation 10%
Total 100%


A    4.0 (exceptional)

A-  3.7

B+ 3.3

B    3.0 (very good)

B-  2.7

C+ 2.3

C    2.0 (satisfactory)

C-  1.7

D+ 1.3 (unsatisfactory)

D   1.0

D-  0.7 (minimum passing)

F    0.0 (failing)