Replace a Failed Essay: ENG 0900

First off, please know that it’s not thrilling to fail an essay and I’m well aware that it’s even more upsetting to receive a failing grade. Because receiving a D or F on a formal essay makes passing IVCC’s ENG 0900 course impossible for that semester, I allow students to rework such essays. However, this is a one-time opportunity that can not be repeated by the same student.

Here are my expectations and guidelines for rewriting an essay that originally received a D or F grade:

STEP 1: You must contact me within a week of receiving your failing grade 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.

STEP 3: Turn in both the original failed essay and your rewritten essay by the date we determine together during STEP 1.  

STEP 4: Upload the rewritten essay to the original essay’s assignment link.

Part of the reason I allow students to replace a failed essay grade because I understand and appreciate that it’s not often done just because students are trying to get away with something. Often, a failed essay results from a lack of time-management, life circumstances, or a concern about asking for help. I hope that the opportunity to experience what it takes to improve your writing process and see the difference between the first process and the second process will allow students to learn from the situation WITHOUT it putting them an entire semester behind.

Essay Rewrites: ENG 0900

Students in ENG 0900 are able to rewrite two essays 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 lower grade than expected for whatever reason; however, should not only include grammar or spelling updates but also improved sentence phrasing, clearer transitions between thoughts/paragraphs, and better argument organization.

Here are my expectations and guidelines for turning in an essay rewrite:

STEP 1: You must contact me within a week of receiving your grade/feedback 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 original essay; include the writing center slip with your rewritten essay.

STEP 3: Turn in both the original essay and your rewritten essay by the date we determine together during STEP 1.

STEP 4: Upload the rewritten essay to the original essay’s assignment link.

It’s not often in the professional world that you are given a second chance, but this is an educational setting so I hope a second chance will provide student the chance to experience and reflect on the changes needed time-management, writing process, and use of student resources that result in a higher essay grade.

Essay Rewrites: ENG 1002

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 grade/feedback 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 original essay; include the writing center slip with your rewritten essay.

STEP 3: Turn in both the original essay and your rewritten essay by the date we determine together during STEP 1.

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.

Failing Essays: ENG 1002

Well, if you’re reading this, it’s very likely you just received on F on one of my ENG 1002 formal essays. Know that it’s not thrilling to give an essay an F, and I’m well aware that it’s even more upsetting to receive one. Because an F on a formal essay makes passing my ENG 1002 course impossible for that semester, I am willing to work with students who are willing to make the effort to rework F-level essays. However, this is a one-time opportunity that can not be repeated by the same student.

Here are my expectations and guidelines for rewriting an essay that originally received an F:

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.

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. 

STEP 4: Upload the rewritten essay to the original essay’s assignment link.

Part of the reason I allow students to rewrite an F paper is because I understand and appreciate that it’s not often done just because students are trying to get away with something or simply misunderstood the assignment expectations. Often, an F paper results from a lack of time-management, life circumstances, or a concern about asking for help. I hope that the opportunity to experience what it takes to improve your writing process and see the difference between the first process and the second process, will allow students to learn from the situation WITHOUT it putting them an entire semester behind.

Essay Rewrites: ENG 0900

Students have the opportunity to rewrite the Narrative Illustration (essay 1), Definition (essay 2) or Summary and Response (essay 3) assignments. Essays that were turned in late, display evidence of being incomplete or unfinished, or were plagiarized do not qualify for the rewrite process. When a student turns in a rewrite, I will grade the new paper and give him or her an average of the two scores.

I believe a rewrite option is important because it allows students to “close the loop” by reflecting on what went wrong in their writing process and what it takes to improve their process both now and in the future. When choosing to rewrite an essay, please complete the following process:

Essay Rewrite Process:

  1. Turn in the reworked essay within a week of me handing them back in class.
  2. Visit the Writing Center about your essay, and turn it the “slip of paper” with the rewrite. It’s most helpful to bring the assignment sheet and corrected essay to the Writing Center.
  3. Turn in both the rewritten and “old” essay.

Students who receive an F on any essay have the option to rewrite the paper to have the F completely replaced. As before, this option is not available for essays that were turned in late, display evidence of being incomplete or unfinished, or were plagiarized.

Rewriting and Essay that Received an F: 

  1. See me directly after class or during my next block of scheduled office hours to plan a rewrite timeline. If a face-to-face meeting feels too uncomfortable or is impossible due to scheduling issues, email or message me within 1 day of receiving the grading feedback.
  2. Visit the Writing Center about your essay, and turn it the “slip of paper” with the rewrite. It’s most helpful to bring the assignment sheet and corrected essay to the Writing Center.
  3. Turn in both the rewritten and “old” essay.