The Writing Assignment
This assignment has three components:
- Original and revised copy of one of your first three major essays this semester (Memoir, Comparison of Douglass and Corcoran, or Critique of Oppenheim's article on television violence).
- Memo discussing your revisions and the philosophy or strategy you used in making the revisions.
- Reflective letter discussing the two or three most important things you learned this semester in English 102.
Hints for Success
- I am expecting a revision which goes beyond proofreading and spelling repairs. You should not expect a good grade in this section if your strategy was "put in the commas that the teacher marked and run the spelling checker." That is not really revision, and it is not worth many points.
- A revision memo which says, "Nothing was wrong with any of my papers, so I didn't do much" points out that you didn't really learn much about the writing and revising process.
- For the reflective letter, focus on substance. If you write that the instructor likes fountain pens, rides a bike, and often says "Egad!" you are saying that you did not pay much attention to the content of the course.
- Of course, because you are writing about your revision strategy and what you learned this semester, first person is the natural way to write.
- This assignment does not have a drop box because you will be returning the original and rubric sheet for one of the essays. If that original and its grade sheet are missing, you will lose major credit for this assignment. (Thus, if you decide to send the material by email without that original and its grade sheet, your grade will suffer.)
- The whole thing is due at the time and place of our final exam. Late assignments will not be accepted.
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