The A Paper:
• shows clarity, depth, and complexity of thought
• has a strong analytical focus
• raises expectations and fully satisfies them, offering fresh insights for other readers
• organizes information logically and naturally, building smoothly from one point to another
• seeks outs and explores ambiguous and difficult issues
• fully supports assertions, usually with quotations
• articulates its points clearly, precisely, and concisely
• integrates description into analysis
• looks like an A paper -- free of typos and mechanical errors

The B Paper:
• discusses a broader topic less deeply
• has a higher ratio of description to analysis
• may bring up interesting points which it fails to explore
• does not always support assertions
• may employ quotations without explaining their significance
• may have trouble organizing ideas; transitions from one point to another
 may be awkward
• may have trouble articulating complex ideas
• occasional misinterprets the text; its argument may have flaws
• tends to be wordy, with imprecise or awkward constructions
• looks like a B paper

The C Paper:
• may show problems with clarity, organization, and depth of thought
• may lack a discernible thesis
• may be predominately descriptive
• either avoids analysis or seriously misinterprets important points
• may poorly integrate quotations into the text; quotations may be "thrown in" without explanation
• may be wordy and redundant, with weak constructions, often involving passive and state-of-being verbs
• offers few, if any, new ideas
• looks like a C paper

The D Paper:
• shows serious problems with clarity and organization
• may consist largely of filler
• may have serious problems with grammar, sentence construction, and paragraphing
•  may completely misinterpret the text
• may lack quotations
• is often short
• may be consistently difficult to understand or follow
• may not match the assignment
• may have blood stains or smell "funny"

The F Paper:
• don't worry, you'll know it when you see it