Be concise; make one or two points, and keep your essay simply and easy to navigate. 1. The writing has a clearly defined thesis or central idea. 2. The writing should include adequate evidence to support the thesis or idea. 3. The writing must reflect the awareness of the conventions of standard written English such as grammar, punctuation, spelling and word usage. 4. The writer uses clear and logical organization. 5. The writer demonstrates the ability to synthesize and apply discipline content at the course-specific level. 6. All written assignments must be the students’ original, independently produced work. 7. Students must meet designated minimum page count for the Gordon Rule writing assignment. 8. A successful Gordon Rule assignment is one that includes evidence of analysis, comparison, interpretation, and/or other critical thinking applications.