In its treatment of subject, the B paper:
- develops a main idea in depth and shows independence of thought
- contains thinking that goes beyond the obvious
- is likely executed with less originality and energy than is the A paper, and usually does not make the same inventive leaps to new meaning.
In its organization the B paper:
- has an evident organizing principle
- has a clear thesis that may need more support
- is clearly focused
- utilizes smooth transitions and varied sentence structure
- has a conclusive closing paragraph that establishes the paper's significance.
In its content the B paper:
- supports the main point thoroughly with appropriate examples
- brings in good, objective evidence to prove points
- offers expert opinion honestly to bolster the thesis.
In its style the B paper:
- contains clear, readable, and concise language
- uses appropriate word choice that is precise and sometimes imaginative
- has rather mature, clearly structured, varied sentences
- has an appropriate, fresh voice
- possesses an engaging tone that is consistent with the writer's purpose
- has inconsistent but sometimes effective energy.
In terms of rules and conventions the B paper:
- shows mastery of most of the grammar and usage conventions of standard American English (i.e., the paper is almost free of fragments, comma splices, run-ons, errors in agreement and the like)
- contains only a few spelling errors
- properly uses the MLA guidelines for bibliography and in-text citation, with a few discrepancies.