Writing Essay grading

I'm changing my grading for essays since too many students are getting A's. Not that I have anything against A's, but I want my students to work for their grades.

I am pondering two different grading schemes right now. The bonus points that I worked in this year has been effective and kids are starting to work in vocabulary and figurative language. Overall the papers have been vastly improved.

9=A
7-8=B
5-6=C
4=F

or
8-9 A
6-7 B
4-5 C
3=F

If I do the first, an A would be a real accomplishment and it would really force kids to write well and to work in bonus points. The second one would make getting A's something common.

I am choosing the first one. Let them work for their grades.

Dan

PS. I reviewed my papers and my students are getting a medium grade of 5.5 and that would give them a C in the first grading system and a B- on the second.

At my school, getting C's means that the school will call their parents and give them a warning. I know it sounds weird but the cut off range for grades are C+s. I don't want to do stress out my kids, because it means that students will end up dropping my class. And because I think my students already have enough stress. I am going to choose the second option for grades because I feel it'll be easier for kids to make it into that B range. Plus, the grades I usually give in order to encourage them to work harder is a B-. I've found it's being on the brink that makes them try.

8-9 A
6-7 B
4-5 C
3=F

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