Students are able to rewrite one essay each semester and must choose to do so within a week of the essay being returned with feedback. When an essay is rewritten, I will average the two grades together to determine the new, replacement grade. I am willing to work with students who are willing to make the effort to rework essays that earned a lesser grade than expected for whatever reason; however, essay rewrites should go beyond simple grammar or citation updates to include updating sentence phrasing, clearer transitions between thoughts/paragraphs, better argument organization, and stronger use of quote sandwich formatting.
An essay rewrite is a one-time opportunity that can not be repeated by the same student in the same semester.
Here are my expectations and guidelines for turning in an essay rewrite:
STEP 1: You must contact me within a week of receiving your F to let me know you plan to rewrite the essay. If you turn in a rewrite without contacting me ahead of time, I will not correct it.
STEP 2: Visit the Writing Center with your assignment sheet and turn in the writing center slip with your rewritten essay. Online students can utilize the Writing Center via these guidelines but must complete this expectation either in person or virtually.
STEP 3: Turn in both the original F essay and your rewritten essay by the date we determine together during STEP 1. Online students will simply upload the “replacement” essay to the same assignment link and notify me of its submission.
STEP 4: Upload the rewritten essay to the original essay’s assignment link.
I include expectations and guidelines because it’s not often in the professional world that you are given a second chance, but seeing that this an educational setting, I hope a second chance in this situation will provide you the opportunity to experience and reflect on the changes to your time-management, writing process, and use of student resources that resulted in a higher essay grade.