The Little, Brown Handbook is set on Course Reserve and is available at the SFU Bookstore, on the tradebooks floor. It is an indispensable work for anyone who will ever write non-fictionally.
Part I of the Handbook gives the specific criteria used in grading writing in 105W. They can be summarised under the following simple headings.
- Precise fidelity to the Rules of Grammar.
- Correct spelling.
- Use of Plain English.
- Opening paragraph is a statement of thesis.
- Subsequent paragraphs develop the thesis logically (ideally, by dialectic.)
- Concise paragraph structure, including:
- three to five sentences;
- one clearly-identifiable topic sentence;
- two or three sentences that develop the topic;
- one transitional sentence to conclude.
- Individual characteristics of scholarly writing, appropriate to fourth-year undergraduates. An excellent succint guide is Harvard College: Making the Most of College Writing.