Guilford College Writing Manual

This is the official Guilford College Writing Manual. A collaboration between the English Department and the Hege Library.

The C Paper

In its treatment of subject the C paper:

  • covers the topic adequately
  • treats the topic fairly, albeit in a routine way
  • contains some good ideas that may not be sufficiently connected or differentiated.

In its organization the C paper:

  • has an organizing principle, though it may not be consistent throughout
  • contains unified paragraphs
  • may flow smoothly in some places but jump abruptly in others
  • has an introduction and conclusion, though they may not seem connected.

In its content the C paper:

  • contains a sufficient number of examples to carry the main point
  • offers credible evidence, if slightly manipulated or "stretched"
  • brings in opinions from outside sources where relevant, but sometimes without full and careful integration.

In its style the C paper is basically clear but may:

  • contain somewhat routine language
  • use imprecise or inappropriate word choice
  • need more sophisticated sentence structure
  • appeal to the audience in places and need rephrasing in others.

In terms of rules and conventions the C paper:

  • shows general mastery of the grammar and usage conventions, but may have one or two consistently weak areas, such as sentence fragments, errors in agreement, comma splices, run-ons, misused semi-colons, and the like
  • may contain several spelling errors
  • generally uses proper citation, but may display problems with MLA guidelines.