Comp Updates

Week Eight Syllabus Update

Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone's soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.            

     Jalaluddin Rumi

Week Eight (10.19-10.23):

My school picture this year was THE WORST:


We will continue to conference and revise our drafts. If you plan on receiving any response to your draft, you need to contact me by the end of school today.


Last day to conference and revise drafts. If you have specific questions about your draft, feel free to contact me via e-mail. But responding to entire drafts on the night before they are due makes a mockery of the idea of time management--I'm not going to be your enabler.

Wednesday (shortened day):

Make sure your draft is submitted to me BEFORE our class time. Instructions for submission are found below:

To submit your final paper, you need to attach it (.doc, .docx, .rtf) to the e-mail and write your reflection in the body of the e-mail. The reflection is a vital part of the writing process, and I will reply directly to your reflection with my assessment.

I also use the reflection as part of the assessment: if I feel your paper is between grades (say, A-/B+), the quality of your reflection will determine your final grade. Your self-assessment will be taken more seriously if you use the language of our rubric to justify your grade. Claims of "I worked sooo hard on this" or "I spent a lot of time on this" are not logical claims for a certain grade--the expectation is that any draft deserving of a good grade was worked hard on and take a lot of time to produce.

Unfortunately, the reflection, like peer response, is often given token attention at best. That needs to change. Below is an example of an A+ level reflection (it is for an argument paper, but it still shows the level of thought that should be put into a strong reflection.


Here once again are the prompts to use as a guide for your reflection:

-What are the strengths of your analysis?

-What are the weaknesses?

-How well did you balance analysis and evidence? In other words, how much is from your brain, and how much is from the book?

-What would you change/add if you had more time to work on this draft? (You CANNOT answer "nothing"--that's not the point of reflection.)

-How helpful was the feedback from your peers?

-What is the most "literary" part of your analysis?

Finally, give yourself a self-assessed grade for your final draft, based upon the rubric found in the About section of our Google Classroom.

In class on Wednesday we will have a book pass featuring nonfiction titles appropriate for our book blog reading and responses. A book pass is like speed dating with books.

Below is the rubric for the book blog responses and model student responses, as well as my annotated model response meant to guide you in the kinds of thinking we want to see in your responses.






The book blog response over the first half of your nonfiction title is due on 11.16.


No class due to our field trip. Those of you joining us on the field trip: You need to have your signed permission slip to me no later than Wednesday. We will leave at 7:30 a.m. and YES, WE WILL LEAVE WITHOUT YOU IF YOU ARE LATE. Please dress appropriately and remember to bring money for lunch.


No class. You'd do well to start reading and noting your nonfiction book on this weekend when you have no other Comp work to do--that won't be the case in future weeks.

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