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Rhetoric of Fiction 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.
  • 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).
  • Grades, including evaluation comments, will be posted in the Blackboard Grading Center, which you can access at any time.


Grade Breakdown English 471
Area of  Evaluation Percent
Discussion Contribution 25%
Critical Responses 25%
Midterm Essay 25%
Final Essay 25%
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)