Standards and Expectations/
June 12-June 16,
and Assessment Rubrics
Hopkins University Institute for the Academic Advancement of Youth
for Talented Youth (Draft 8/99)
of writing qualities for expository writing papers
but expansive enough for the paper
obtrusive (e.g. Not: The thesis of this paper is....)
the reader a sense of a mental journey
and SupPort Evidence:
the thesis; advance the thesis and push it to higher significance
of selection evident (sense of arrangement of details)
and inventory (constitutive/quintessential and iterative/multiple
push (details build according to plan and momentum)
thin (Admittedly...); ironclad (inescapable conclusion)
reputable, fully acknowledged and cited.
writer is the primary thinker; details in service of the writer;
the writer is not in the service of the evidence and sources.
sense of a shape and design as we read.
to a point; initial closure (one section closes to open up another)
mirrors (though unlike X on p. 1, y on p. 2)
for forepointing (predictably) and backspinning (previously) and
showing relationships among ideas (conversely)
length a consequence of purpose (short openings; lengthy paragraphs
to carry major points)
the reader to conclusions, but let him/her do some thinking.
the reader how to read, but do not overexplain.
writer's confidence is apparent in the text.
of reading is a consequence of meaning (e.g. , quick sentences
to set up dense sentences; brief sentences to encapsulate, remind,
wedded to juxtaposition of content (correlatives: e.g., not only
... but also; balanced and resolved antitheses: exhibits A while
at the same time shows the tendency to B with the result C).
flair; the quintessential and memorable word or phrase.
reading (Make the reader a thinker, not a grammarian.)
chosen for meaning (e.g. colons to list, encapsulate, gather;
semicolons for relationships among ideas and grouping; dashes
to set apart and distract)
excuses for dumb mistakes.
format expectations (MLA, Chicago, APA, etc.)
on this Workshop please contact Michael
Marx, Director of Writing-Across-The-Curriculum (firstname.lastname@example.org).