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Week Seven Syllabus Update

Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness.            

                                  Robertson Davies

Week Seven (10.12-10.16):

The two early-outs for conferences messes up our schedule. But with our first drafts due on Monday, we will front load the week, as by the end of Wednesday's class you should be done commenting on the drafts of your peers and ready to revise your own draft.


Be sure your literary analysis draft is shared with me and with your group members BEFORE class begins.

That means shared directly through Google Documents (NOT submitted through Google Classroom).

We will start by reading drafts aloud. Remember, we understand language more deeply when we do so, and our ears catch errors and fluency issues that our eyes may not. Your job is to listen and respond afterwards with verbal comments, positives first, followed by suggestions. You should be writing down thoughts as you listen. Then we switch readers. Only after you have heard the author read and have commented verbally are you to comment in more depth through Google Drive. This is when the reciprocity comes into play--if you want helpful comments, you need to be leaving helpful comments. I will also collect your annotations for Station Eleven today. Please complete the following self assessment over your annotations BEFORE class time:

On a piece of paper, please write your name and then a brief (a paragraph should suffice) reflection on your annotating strategy and what use you made of your annotations for your first draft. Please end with a self-assessed grade for your annotating. Place the paper inside your copy of Station Eleven and hand it in. 

If you put your annotations in a document, you can write your brief reflection and self assessment in that document.



Continue reading drafts aloud and commenting online. Once your group members have commented, the expectation is for you to then revise your paper. When you have done so, you need to leave several questions you have for me about your draft. I will read and comment on the entire draft, but your questions help give me a focus and show me your level of thinking regarding your draft. When you have prepared your revised draft, send me an e-mail letting me know you are ready for a readthrough. Remember: If you want a face-to-face conference, you need to schedule that with me. 

When you feel you have completed your revisions, do the following:

1)Resolve all comments left by your group (I've already read them):

2)Leave me comments about your own draft--what do you want specific feedback on? (This should not simply be mechanical/convention issues, either) AND tell me what level of response you want from me:

a)Bless--I will tell you what is working in your current draft, or

b)Assess--I will let you know where this draft stands on our rubric, or

c)Press--I will do a line edit and comment thoroughly (not for the faint of heart)

3)Send me an e-mail telling me you are ready for me to give your draft a read. If you would rather conference over your paper in person, let me know that as well and we will set up a time to do this.

I respond to drafts in the order I receive notification. 


Continue with revisions and conferences for those who may be ready. 


No class. However, if you are ready for a conference, we can do so during our regular class time. We can also conference during parent-teacher conferences Thursday evening (as long as the time does not conflict with an already scheduled parent conference, of which I currently have few, as befits a teacher whose schedule is half college classes).


No school. Although responding to drafts on my day off is not at the top of my bucket list, I am fully prepared to spend the day doing just that.

The final draft of your literary analysis is due on Wednesday, October 21. Specifics about submitting the final draft will be on next week's update.

We will spend class time Monday and Tuesday conferencing and revising.

The reflection is an important component of the writing process. Below are the prompts for your reflection and self-assessment of the literary analysis:

-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.

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