5 stars: Exemplary
Exemplary pieces clearly have a distinct style and a consistent tone/POV. They effectively and imaginatively use figurative language to support a strong thesis/theme. While they are sophisticated in their diction or impressive in their control of language, they are not flawless. An otherwise exemplary work with too many typos cannot earn 5 stars.
4 stars: Effective
Effective pieces have an evident style and a mostly consistent tone/POV. They adequately use figurative language to support a clear thesis. They are well-written but demonstrate less control than exemplar, as they may contain more lapses but show a generally consistent command of language. An otherwise effective work with too many typos cannot earn 4 stars.
3 stars: Adequate
*THE CURRENT WORK ARCHIVAL THRESHOLD IS A 3.25. REVISION IS ENCOURAGED FOR WORKS THAT FALL BELOW. See Archive System
Adequate pieces are struggling to find their voice and are sometimes inconsistent in tone/POV. There is little evidence of figurative language and/or the thesis is weak. The writing is simplistic and immature, with frequent mechanical errors.
2 stars: Needs work
Pieces that need work display no evidence of a distinct, consistent style and tone. The many mechanical errors or fallacies distract from the content, resulting in difficulty reading/understanding.
1 stars: Poor
Poor works are difficult to understand due to the overwhelming number of mechanical errors or fallacies.