Thursday, May 15, 2008


Next week, final papers, the portfolio essays

Monday, May 19, is Malcolm X's birthday. We're going to write about Malcolm on Monday. I have an essay from Children of the Movement to share. It will be a cyber-essay. I will send you the grade for your research essays. So email them to me. After I send you the grade, you can post it, at the link labeled final drafts. Make certain you include a narrative of what major changes you made to the revised final draft as a note to me at the top of the paper. Don't include the outline or the planning sheet, if already posted last month.

We will work on this next week. The portfolio is due the day of the final. We will also write our scenes from The Color Purple and students will perform their skits the day of. If you write your skit alone, bring in multiple copies and other students can participate as cast. The grade is on the writing and the group will share the grade.

I really appreciate your flexibility this semester. Again, I'd like to purchase a copy of Letters from Mississippi with the poetry section included from anyone who doesn't plan to keep their book.

The portfolio narratives
1. The narrative will look at the 18 weeks, the themes we looked at this semester, nature vs. nurture, and how what you've learned and discovered this semester about writing and yourself, college and life, have transformed or changed you. Do you have a choice over what happens in your life or are you a victim of circumstances?

What have you learned about yourself this semester? What have you learned about the discipline you are studying here: reading and writing that you plan to carry forth into your lifelong pursuit of learning.

Please also comment on the texts and whether or not they were helpful in this process. You can also talk about the instruction, culture of the class and the teacher.

2. The second part of the narrative looks at the writing process and what you have learning about yourself as a writer. Take two essays and talk about the planning, research and revision strategies you used. It helps to choose an early paper and compare to a later paper. Often you can more easily see the differences in your writing and a better example of mastery of certain concepts. Also discuss skills you need to improve and how you plan to address that.

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