10 references, excluding the texts used in the course (you can use the texts in your referencing, but they don't count towards the 10.
10 pages double spaced. This is not a maximum page count. It is about the right length for a paper that explores an issue in more detail. The problem with shorter isn't that you will lose a lot of points. I will deduct about a point a page (out of 100) if the paper is short. It is that you'll have trouble satisfying other paper objectives in a shorter paper.
12 point type. Pretty much the default these days.
Things that I expect in a minimally competent ("D") paper:
An appropriate title
An introductory paragraph that sets up the paper
A concluding paragraph that reasonably concludes the paper
The content of the paper to be organized (headings are a good thing, especially when you use them to outline the paper in advance)
The paper is at least 10 pages long
The writing quality of the paper is reasonable. I'm more tolerant of spelling errors than I am of broken sentences a multi-page paragraphs.
There are 10 references, not including the books used in class, and they are actually used.
Things that I expect in an average ("C") paper. All of the above, plus:
The content of the paper does a good job of summarizing the subject matter.
The conclusion of the paper is tied to the opening of the paper.
The references are all used in the body of the paper (and everything that needs to be referenced in the paper actually is).
Things that I expect in an above average ("B") paper All of the above, plus:
A fun and interesting title
An introductory paragraph that creates interest in the paper.
The body of the paper is interesting and thought provoking.
The references are used well (e.g. they help to advance the paper).
Things that I expect in an exceptional ("A") paper All of the above, plus:
The conclusion is thoughtful and raises interesting questions.
The presentation is creative
At least some references that are interesting and/or eclectic (e.g. they add something unusual or interesting to the paper).
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