Guilford College Writing Manual

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

The F Paper

In its treatment of subject the F paper:

  • may display thinking that is far below what is acceptable in college writing or may totally misinterpret the assignment.

In its organization the F paper may:

  • have no discernible organizing principle
  • show no discernible student interest in or involvement with the subject.

In its content the F paper may :

  • fail to provide examples and vivid details
  • leave gaping holes where convincing evidence should be
  • overlook the need for expert opinion when required.

In its style the F paper may:

  • contain serious language interference/barriers
  • use inaccurate, hackneyed word choice
  • trouble the reader with faulty sentence structure that poorly shapes thought
  • have hesitant or erratic rhythm
  • be relatively voiceless
  • possess a tone that is inappropriate and misleading
  • be lifeless, with no energy.

In its terms of rules and conventions the F paper may:

  • have some real problems with the mastery of grammar and usage conventions; may display many recurrent problems (e.g., sentence fragments, errors in agreement, comma splices, run-ons, and the like)
  • contain many spelling errors
  • not use citation at all.