New deadline & Next week

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me on index cards, today. I will do my utmost to cover the material you have requested and to incorporate it as we move into our next shared goal: naming your generation (and writing well-researched arguments to support your choice).

Please remember that you can and should share difficult or challenging questions with me in office hours, as well, if you’re having trouble approaching them in class. I can often help direct you to readings or research that might interest you, in office hours.

While I hope to create space for you to isolate and practice the skills that go into strong writing, I hope that you can see that re-writing papers is its own kind of challenge. I will grade the next round according to this rubric.

New paper deadline: Your final draft, after another round of peer review, is due in my box in the English department (second floor of Hoover) by 10am Monday morning 10/22.

this the final deadline, don’t miss it. 

The rubric should not be surprising to you, but I know that rubrics intimidate people. Remember: generate specific language to describe your ad first (observation). Think carefully about how what you describe is working (what does it call to mind? why? what anxieties does it provoke or soothe or both for whom? — complication). Make a claim about how what you have observed and explained is targeting a specific audience.

As an editor, once you have written a draft based on a strong thesis, go back and look for the types of strengths that the rubric describes. 

I also heard that you'd like to hear about the academic conference I'm attending -- thank you for asking! I will show you a few of my slides and let you know how it went when I see you again on Tuesday. 

Soon after I return, we will schedule individual appointments for your academic advising for next semester. Start thinking of courses you might want to take in the context of the big questions we started with: What do you want to learn in order to become the person you want to be? 

Thanks for all your hard work, and see you in class.

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