Category Archives: Professor Posts

A Note about Feedback

The premise of the course is that you write drafts, receive feedback, improve your writing, and are graded accordingly. Experience has taught me that many students decline to revise their work no matter how much feedback they receive, so I … Continue reading

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End of Semester Grade Conferences

If you haven’t scheduled Most of you have scheduled your Grade Conferences, but for those who haven’t, I must inform you it’s now too late to have any input into your final grade. If you have scheduled The End-of-Semester Grade … Continue reading

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Grade Levels 2

I wrote two sentences in my recent post “Counterintuitive Econundrums,” that I realized while I was writing them contained about a paragraph of material each. They’re not perfect sentences, and I won’t try to edit them now that they’re on … Continue reading

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Portfolio Grade Conferences

TUE MAY 01 & THU MAY 03 As the final business of our semester next week, you’ll each meet with me for a Portfolio Conference to discuss your body of work for the semester and your final overall grade. Please … Continue reading

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A17: Reflective Statement

The Reflective Statement The Reflective Statement provides you the opportunity to describe and assess your work in the course. The Reflective Statement serves as a guide to your portfolio in that it gives you and your instructor a clear, specific … Continue reading

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Research Position Paper

Your Research Position Paper (which we have sometimes called your Long Argument) is due THU APR 19. It will incorporate most of the material you have gathered and organized into your shorter Definition, Causal, and Rebuttal Arguments. The paper will … Continue reading

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Annotated Bibliography

One purpose of the Annotated Bibliography (also known as 15 Sources Annotated)is to apply a bit of pressure to collect and present your best resources before the inevitable end-of-semester crunch. The other is to encourage you to look over what … Continue reading

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A14: Causal Essay

Your third and final short paper is due THU APR 12. It will make an argument essential to your Research Paper, which is due THU APR 19. This of course sounds like a ridiculous amount of work over the next … Continue reading

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A13: Critical Reading

Assignment A13 Today, following the Model for Critical Reading, I’ll ask you to closely examine the claims made, inferences made, and conclusions drawn by the author of one of the Organ Donation sources. Time stamps would be welcome if you’re … Continue reading

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A Model for Critical Reading

Kidney Season on Death Row Today, I’ll ask you to carefully examine a written argument for claims that can be disputed for accuracy, sufficiency, and relevance; for inferences that are unfair, unreasonable, illogical, or irrelevant; and for judgments that not … Continue reading

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