ENG 0900 Final Grades

Spring 2017 final semester grades on Blackboard now represents the letter grade I’ll officially give you in the course (unless we’ve discussed an Incomplete or you’re still making up a writing assignment). Please note the following:

  1. Your FINAL GRADE is your RUNNING GRADE with any necessary reductions for absences (see the policy on my syllabus). If you have grading questions or concern, email or message me by noon Monday, May 15.
  2. IVCC only offers A, B, C, and F as final grades for ENG 0900, so you will receive an A in the course for any percentage from 94-100, you will receive a B in the course for any percentage from 87-93 and you will receive a C for any percentage from 80-86; anything below an 80% requires me to give you an F in the course.
  3. If you have any questions or concerns about grades, please notify me on or before Monday, May 15 at noon so I have time to make any necessary changes before “officially” entering grades to WebAdvisor. If you contact me with grade concerns or mistakes after Monday at noon, I will still be able to change a grade “in the system” (assuming the concern is valid and not too late after the end of the semester) but it will take some time, which occasionally slows transfers to 4-year institutions or enrollment in spring/future classes.
  4. I plan to officially post grades to WebAdvisor the morning of Tues., May 16. You should be able to view them “in the system” within 24-28 hours of that time.
  5. Here’s how you can view your final grades for this and previous/future IVCC classes by logging into WebAdvisor.

Poetry Essay Useful Resources

The Poetry Essay assignment sheet is available on Blackboard, and resources, expectations and library links are also available in our course shell. However, here is a list of some useful resources all in one place.

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Assignment Resources:

Writing Prompt and downloadable Assignment SheetUsing one or two poems from the textbook or from the PoetryFoundation.org archive, explain how the themes, content, characters, or language of the poem represent a social issue. Social issues can be as small as an individual’s self-esteem or as large as racial/gender/identity inequality. Support your observations with citation from the poem(s), one scholarly library database article, and one reputable Internet article.

Organization
  • Minimum 4 full pages and a maximum of 5 full pages
  • Minimum of 5 paragraphs with introduction, 3+ body paragraphs, and a conclusion.
  • Focus on analysis and not summary.
  • Properly introduce your poem and its author in your introduction paragraph.
  • Restate poem and author in your conclusion.  
Thesis & Support
  • Support your observations with citation from the poem(s), one scholarly library database article, and one reputable Internet article.
  • Use a maximum of three secondary sources.
  • Use a minimum of 3 citations from your primary source (the poem).
  • Use a minimum of 2 citations from scholarly library database article(s).
  • Use a minimum of 2 citations from reputable Internet source article(s).
  • Minimum of 1 direct quote AND 1 paraphrase citation per body paragraph.  
Expression
  • Write in third-person (I don’t exclude plural first-person we/our/us).
  • Write in present tense.
  • Use formal voice and proper grammar.  
Source Documentation & MLA Style

Link to IVCC English Department Grading Criteria

**Download attached assignment sheet and refer to related PowerPoints for complete assignment expectations.**

Summer 2017 Deadline

  • Rough Draft due to group page by noon Tues. July 18
  • Rough Draft comments posted by 11:59 PM Wed. July 19
  • Final Draft due 11:59 PM Sun. July 23

Citation Resources

IVCC Style Book Overview of MLA Style

Helpful Research Hints

Direct Quotation Citation example and Paraphrase/Summary Citation example

MLA Citation BasicsWorks Cited Page Information

Grading Resources

IVCC English Department Grading Standards

Grading Criteria Rubric for Writing Assignments

Online course ENG 1002 Peer Review Rubric

Library & Reputable Internet Sources Links

Remember that you’ll need to use one library database article and one reputable Internet article for your assignment. You’ll find a list of reputable Internet sources in the the “Resources” link on Blackboard and here’s a link to help you choose credible sourcesHere are the most commonly used library database resources:

Remember that you’ll need to log into the library site if you’re not using a campus computer. When you reach the log in screen, you’ll enter 24611 + your purple student number + 01, and then enter your last name.

Definition Essay

A list of the most useful Definition essay resources.

Assignment Resources:

Writing Prompt and downloadable assignment sheet: respond to one of the two options by writing a third-person (you, we, our allowed) essay that is a minimum of 5 paragraphs and 2 full pages.

Option 1: Choose one of the following scenarios and define 3 necessary skills, character traits, background (educational/professional), or social tactics a person would need in order to “survive” those circumstances. Physical needs like weaponry or shelter can only be used once, if any (physical strength is acceptable).

  • Zombie Apocalypse
  • Sinking Titanic
  • Angry/Uncooperative Patient
  • Standing Up for Someone in Public

Option 2: Choose one of the following words and thoroughly explain 3 characteristics, socials skills, or background (educational/professional) of a person that fulfills that term/idea.  

  • Successful
  • Ethical
  • Altruistic
  • Healthy

Here’s the Peer Review Handout. And don’t forget we discussed introduction and conclusion paragraph expectations in a PowerPoint. Be sure to check your introduction paragraphs for both parts:

PART 1: grounding/introductory information
PART 2: transition + thesis sentence.

Same with your conclusions:

PART 1: remind readers of your thesis points (body paragraph main points)
PART 2: show how those thesis points work together to prove your thesis.

SPRING 2017 Deadline

  • Rough Draft due Friday, March 3
  • Final Draft due Wed. March 8 (typed/printed & uploaded)

Grammar and Writing Resources

Absolute “Conclusion” Language
General Grammar Resource

Comma Resource: Sentence Punctuation Patterns
Quick Comma Guide
General Punctuation Resource
Transitional Words and Phrases
Thesaurus for word choice variety

Related Textbook chapters:

  • “Subject-Verb Agreement” S-5, pg. 272
  • “Pronouns” S-6, pg. 277

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Grading Resources & Expectations

IVCC English Department Grading Standards
Grading Criteria Rubric for Writing Assignments

MLA Works Cited Page Resources

Here is a list of core elements required in the eight edition MLA style guidelines (from the IVCC Stylebook) as well citation resource links, citation generation links, and a sample works cited page.

Core Elements of Work Cited Entries 

Click the name of the core element for more information on it.
1.    Author.
2.    Title of source.
3.    Title of container,
4.    Other contributors,
5.    Version,
6.    Number,
7.    Publisher,
8.    Publication date,
9.    Location.

Sample Works Cited Page, from IVCC Stylebook

MLA Works Cited Page Resources

IVCC Stylebook Works Cited Page link, includes examples and links to core elements
Jacob’s Library citation page

Purdue OWL Writing Lab Works Cited page
IVCC MLA 8th Edition PowerPoint

Citation Generation Tools

Narrative Illustration Essay

While finalizing your Essay 1 assignments over the long President’s Day weekend, #lee0900, here are what should be the most useful resources all in one non-Blackboard place:

Assignment Resources:

Writing Prompt and downloadable assignment sheet: write a 5-paragraph narrative illustration essay that defines your personal “musical nostalgia.” Use the following topics and order options for the body paragraphs:

  • Body paragraph 1: illustrates and describes the music.
  • Body paragraph 2: illustrates a vivid memory about the music.
  • Body paragraph 3: describes 1-2 favorite songs.
  • Body paragraph 2 & 3 topics can be swapped if necessary.

SPRING 2017 Deadline

  • Rough Draft due Wed. Feb. 15
  • Final Draft due Wed. Feb. 22 (typed/printed & uploaded)

Grammar and Writing Resources

General Grammar Resource
Comma Resource: Sentence Punctuation Patterns
Quick Comma Guide
General Punctuation Resource
Transitional Words and Phrases
Thesaurus for word choice variety
Related Textbook chapters:

  • “Elements of a Sentence” S-1 pg. 252
  • “Sentence Fragments” S-2 pg. 255
  • “Commas” P-1 pg. 324
  • “Semicolons” P-2 pg. 330

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Grading Resources & Expectations

IVCC English Department Grading Standards
Grading Criteria Rubric for Writing Assignments

Fiction Essay Useful Resources

Hey #lee1002 and #leeonline, because I know it’s not always convenient to log into Blackboard, here a list of some useful resources you might be looking for while working on your Fiction Essay assignment.

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Assignment Resources:

Writing Prompt and downloadable PDF Assignment Sheet:  In a third-person essay, use one of the assigned short stories as a primary source and one scholarly secondary source from a Gale database to answer one of the following prompts:

  1. Analyze what a character could represent/symbolize in society, using both primary and secondary source support.
  2. Argue against the interpretation of your secondary source, using primary source support to back up your claims.
  3. Use a character analysis to argue the author’s social meaning or central theme of the piece.

SUMMER 2017 Deadline

  • Rough Draft due to group page noon Tues. July 4 (sorry about that :/)
  • Rough Draft comments posted by 11:59 PM Wed. July 5
  • Final Draft due 11:59 PM Sat. July 8

Planning Resources

Guided Freewrite Exercise
Primary versus Secondary Source explanation
How to Summarize a Short Story’s Plot

Citation Resources

IVCC Style Book Overview of MLA Style
Helpful Research Hints
MLA Citation Basics
Works Cited Page Information

Grading Resources

IVCC English Department Grading Standards
Grading Criteria Rubric for Writing Assignments

Library Links

Remember that you’ll need to log in if you’re not using a campus computer. When you reach the log in screen, you’ll enter 24611 + your student number + 01, and then enter your last name. The approved Gale links you should start with:

If you’re using a topic that is more social science than literature, try these two sites (sources must get special permission to be used):

Guided Freewrite Exercise

This exercise is used in my ENG 1002 course to draw out better understanding of a choice short story; however, the intended outcome of this exercise can be used in other ways such as narrowing down a research topic, considering poetry/drama selections, or considering classical or contemporary novels. Here is the spring 2017 version of this exercise:

Using the short story you believe you’ll use for your Fiction Essay assignment, please consider the following:

  1. Think about the biographical information you know about the author. Does that information inform your interpretation or assumptions about the story? How does that information provide cultural context? If you don’t know biographical information, do you think some research could help you better understand the story; how and why?

  2. What are the main character’s two most prominent character traits? Think of a moment in the story that showcases each of those traits.

  3. The chosen outcome or ending of a story is usually a meaningful moment for authors in that it can either inspire readers to question the outcome or consider the outcome’s impact on the main character(s). Examine how the ending of the story could have been different, and how a different outcome could change the meaning of the story. Note how your conclusions often lead to a meaning or interpretation of the story.
     
  4. Unlike the title of Disney’s Aladdin that’s simply the name of the main character, Disney’s Frozen helps clarify or define Elsa’s emotional state as well as her relationship with her sister, the only important person in her life. None of the story options has a title that functions like Aladdin‘s, so does the title of your short story add more meaning to the story or define the main meaning of the story? Explore your thoughts and/or isolate a moment in the story that supports your thoughts.