Applying for a Grade

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Give students a copy of the grading guidelines for the course and then have them review the section of the handbook on letters of application. For midterm conferences, ask each student to write a letter applying for a particular grade. Like a letter of application, the opening should make clear what grade they are applying for, and then the body should make it clear what their qualifications are, connecting their written work of the semester to the grading criteria.
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Barclay Barrios is an Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing Programs at Florida Atlantic University, where he teaches freshman composition and graduate courses in composition methodology and theory, rhetorics of the world wide web, and composing digital identities. He was Director of Instructional Technology at Rutgers University and currently serves on the board of Pedagogy. Barrios is a frequent presenter at professional conferences, and the author of Emerging.