How You Will Be Graded

Submitting answers to review & critical thinking questions

For Critical Thinking questions, there are no right or wrong answers. For example, a question on your thoughts on why you think people are shy is a pretty open-ended type of question. Grades will be based on the depth of personal insight you present. Do not simply agree or disagree with an insight question. We are looking for critical thinking and possibly a related personal experience with the question.

It is important to provide detailed answers for insight/opinion questions.

For Review questions, you should produce a more academic answer. For example, "What two categories are norms divided into?" This type of direct question requires a specific answer. Please use full sentences and proper grammar.

Table 1.0 Description of grades
Score Notes
80 - 100%

The student completes all components of the assignment.

The student demonstrates in-depth understanding of the relevant concepts presented in the question.

Where appropriate, the student chooses more efficient and/or sophisticated explanations to answers.

60 - 80%

The student completes most components of the assignment.

The student demonstrates understanding of major concepts even though he/she overlooks or misunderstands less important ideas or details.

40 - 60%

The student completes some components of the task and communicates those components clearly.

The student demonstrates that there are gaps in his/her conceptual understanding.

20 - 40%

Student demonstrates minimal understanding.

Answer lacks clear communication.

Answer may be totally incorrect or irrelevant.


Blank/no response

Submitting Paragraphs

  1. The first, second or last sentence contains the main idea and key words from the question or assigned topic.
  2. Paragraph contains one to three explanatory sentences.
  3. Paragraph contains two to four sentences about specific details related to question.
  4. Details are colorful, interesting and appropriate.
  5. Paragraph ends with a good closing sentence that refers to the main idea without repeating it.
  6. Free of spelling and grammatical errors.