Wednesday, April 06, 2011

We made a bit of progress in class today, several students--half, (only six showed up) were able to complete the Possessives Essay: Essay Exam 2. These three students also completed the Possessives Quiz. We then watched another video about social entrepreneurs, this time, young people in Cuba, who volunteered 50 years ago to teach their country men and women to read and write. This national literacy campaign is explored in the new film, Maestra (Teacher), directed by Catherine Murphy. Visit

Some students, those who were behind, also left early, before 2 PM. One student came late and left after half an hour.

The book report essay is due Monday, April 11, 2011. We will meet in A-205. Bring the essay electronically. Presentations are due on Wednesday, April 13, 2011. I will be participating in a poetry reading on Wednesday afternoon. I think at 12:00 noon in the COA Library. Come over if you are on campus (smile).

This weekend The Northern California Book Awards is Sunday, April 10, 2011, 1:00 to 2:30 PM (Awards), 2:30-4 PM is the Book Signing, at the San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium in San Francisco. It is free. Tanim Ansary, Afghan American writer, lecturer, editor, and teacher receives the Fred Cody Lifetime Achievement Award.

Another note is the Special Recognition Award for Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry.

If you go and write something about it, you can get extra credit.

Catch up. We only have two essays: Parallel Structure and Subject Verb Agreement left in Pidd. The Social Entrepreneur essay and the portfolio wrap up the rest of the class (smile). The finish line is near.

Some students haven't turned in Half the Sky. If said student was absent today and hasn't spoken to me, drop the class. I received a Half the Sky essay Monday and the student was absent today. The essay received a failing grade.

You cannot turn two essays in at the same time. You cannot revise two big essays at The same time. If you turn in a late essay, it needs to get a passing grade the first time. You have no time to revise. That opportunity is gone, which means if you have a failing grade on any of the big essays: Half the Sky, Book Report or Social Entrepreneur, you fail the class.

I am getting 2-3 Pidd essays at once. I am not taking Half the Sky and the Book Report essay at the same time.

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