Guidelines for the Final Grade Argument

UNIV 200

Dr. Hale

Big Picture: This class explores both the WHAT are we learning and HOW are we learning it. In doing so, we addressed two core questions

  • What skills, dispositions and insights have your worked on and what obstacles stand in the way?
  • How do you determine what to believe and what to reject?

All your work has interfaced with one or both of these questions at any given time. This class has been as much about understanding what an argument is as it has been about your own intellectual development.

Ultimately we sought to:

  • maximize choice
  • assess all points of view fairly
  • be intellectually disciplined
  • be intellectually curious
  • take ownership & responsibility over our learning

How well have you embraced these ideas?


The Task: You are to write an argument laying out the grade your work reflects. You may wish or desire a different grade than the evidence supports, but we are working to let the evidence be our guide and accept the conclusions. The final argument for your grade is based on both objective criteria and reasoned criteria.

Objective Criteria

  • Typed in Google doc
  • No page limit
  • Titled: Final Argument_last name
  • Deadline: December 8th (note, due to change in the original deadline, the absolute deadline is the 10th.)
  • Cite your work
  • Skills, Dispositions, Insights and Obstacles storyboard
  • Final sentence “Based on the evidence put forth herein, I argue for the grade of …..”

Reasoned Criteria

Make a case for a particular grade

  • Measuring your work in relation to:
    • Grade profiles: What is an A thinker? B thinker?
    • Utilization of resources discussed in class to help your thinking and work. For example, SEEI and the CRAAP Test.
    • UNIV skill sets: critical thinking (questions, curiosity, claims, evidence and conclusions, open-minded, moved by reason), information fluency (finding sources, evaluating sources CRAAP Test), digital fluency (in text hyperlinks, google docs, comments – easy bib, embedding pics), effective communication (engagement in class discussions, open-mindedness).
  • Assignment Categories = evidence
    • 2 papers
      • 1st draft
      • rewrite options
    • Blogs (essays, assignments like the Nugget Posts)
    • Participation
      • whole class discussion
      • small group discussion
      • replying to your peers on their blog posts