Just finished reading the last of my stack of 65 argument essays. And let me just say, my strategy of sprinkling the likely A papers throughout paid off again. Because I was getting pretty cranky for a while there.
Repeat after me: "It is not your job to convert students. They don't have to buy into your worldview, in which thoughtful analysis and rhetorically sensitive prose leads to fame and fortune and personal satisfaction beyond compare. Just give 'em a grade, make a few suggestions for improving the essay should they choose to rewrite, and hand 'em back."
Whew! Okay, off to bed to get a few hours sleep before heading south. At least I already packed my lunch!
P.S.--how many of you buy junk food as a reward when grading?