Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Criteria for a good paper...

I'm beginning to grade position papers for my Hebrews class, probably the last undergraduate class I will teach at IWU for the foreseeable future. I always reinvent the wheel. Here is the list of criteria I've respun for grading:

Writing
• Has good organization
• Has a thesis
• Grammar/spelling

Hermeneutics
• Difference between their world and our world
• Difference between individual books
• Understands literary context
• Understands historical-cultural context
• Understands how words work

Balance
• Fair to opposing viewpoints

Depth
• Shows research
• X-cellence factor

Am I missing anything?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

The empirical aspect, if any, and its derivations.

Tom 1st said...

Transition sentences are a MUST!

ChrisTabone said...

Wait, What? No more classes? That is sad. It was a great privilege to have you for not just 1, or 2, but for 3 classes. It was one of the highlights of my time at Indiana Wesleyan.
Thank you for being a great professor in the undergrad program. It is very sad to lose you there, but a great gain to gain you in a new position.
Blessings and thank you again for all you have done not just for the college but for me.

Ken Schenck said...

Thanks for kind words Chris. If I stayed, I'd have to incorporate Facebook into class somehow--it's already become the major feature of any undergraduate class with me, despite whatever I might be saying at the front of the room :-)

Marc said...

Ken, now that you've go so much time on your hands, how about a write-up of A Generous Orthodoxy?

Ken Schenck said...

I started one Marc... just never finished it. I get the impression that A New Kind of Christianity is much more controverial!

Josh said...

Accuracy: Are interpretations reasonable and responsible to the text?

"Aha" Moment: Not sure what to do with this one but one student of mine wrote an exegetical paper on the tselem and d'moot of God in Genesis 1:26-28 and I had an "aha" moment. Something they wrote resonated something within me which I had to pursue further.

Brian Small said...

I am grading papers right now. I grade them on their engagement with the biblical text. Do they back up their claims by giving evidence from the biblical text.

Also, I evaluate the appearance of the paper. Papers should be stapled and not wrinkled, smudged, stained etc. Professor's name should be spelled correctly (you would not believe how many people misspell my name), paper should have a title--things like that. Students should take some care in the appearance of their papers.