In its treatment of subject the D paper may:
- offer distractingly unclear thinking, or not carefully follow the assignment, or give the appearance of having been conceived and written in haste
- contain promising ideas which have been left seriously undeveloped.
In its organization the D paper:
- may be unfocused with no evident organizing principle.
In its content the D paper may:
- provide too few or seemingly irrelevant examples
- lack credible, authoritative evidence in several places
- offer few expert views.
In its style the D paper may:
- confuse the reader with its disjointed language, including jargon
- possess imprecise, redundant, inappropriate word choice
- mislead reader with immature, monotonous sentences that detract and confuse
- have apparent but distracting rhythm
- use weak, inappropriate voice
- present an inconsistent, inappropriate tone
- be lackluster, with little energy.
In terms of rules and conventions the D paper:
- may have some real problems with the mastery of grammar and usage conventions; may have several recurrent problems (e.g., sentence fragments, errors in agreement, comma splices, misused semi-colons, run-ons)
- may contain several technical barriers to reader understanding
- may have many spelling errors
- may not use proper MLA citation.