English 105 Week 8

In Class

1.   Midterm feedback
  • Audience: The use of “You.” Some faculty find it offensive for you to address them.
  • Synthesis between sources and between sources and the writer. Not losing yourself in the sources.
  • Introductions: Readers want to know where you are going with the essay. Avoid writing the essay in a linear fashion by writing  the introduction last.
  • Revision: Students primary concern is vocabulary; Professional writers concern is finding the form or shape of their argument. Also, professional writers revise for their audience. Practice being a professional, not a student.
2.   Midterm Essay Archive

The link above includes midterm essays that received an “A” from the scoring team.

3.   Grade Protests

If you feel your essay was scored incorrectly, you may protest your grade by contacting me no later than Week 9 (the week following Spring Break) of the Spring 19 semester.


1.   Log #11: Reflect on midterm scores

Write a two-page (minimum), double-spaced essay where you analyze your midterm essay using the 6 individual categories found in the Writing Criteria. Some suggestions for writing this essay:

  • Focus on the essay you wrote and what is on the page, the product, rather than the work/effort you put into writing the essay, the process;
  • Provide brief examples from your essay to make your points (quote yourself);
  • Address all six of the criteria, but you need not be balanced in addressing the criteria. Spend more time on criteria that you think influenced your score.
  • Consider ways you could have improved your essay’s score by discussing where you could have done a better job on the issues mentioned in the midterm feedback above. Even if you received a high score, consider what skills you will need to continue to improve upon for the final essay. When discussing your essay you need not mention or discuss your score directly.
  • Consider the ways in which the essay was successful, particularly by discussing the skills and strategies that you learned about in class and which show up in your essay (e.g. synthesis).

Please put a page break (see Google Doc Insert drop down menu) between log entries.

2.   Log #12: Final Essay reading and Analysis
  • What is the purpose of the final essay from the professor’s point of view? What is the purpose of the project from your point of view? How will this project be valuable to you?
  • Who is the audience for the project? Is there more than one audience for this project? Identify and describe them. In what ways are these audiences familiar and unfamiliar to you?
  • How should you present yourself in the project? Describe the voice, tone, and persona that you should adopt when writing the project.
  • What will be the argument for this project?
  • Identify and define all the directive verbs used in the assignment.
  • What qualifies as an effective outside source for this project? Where might you locate these outside sources? What purpose(s) will  outside sources serve?
  • What preliminary ideas do you have about selecting an everyday text to use in this assignment? Identify 3 and write a sentence or two about each and why you might choose it.
  • What formatting and style guidelines are required for the project?

Please put a page break (see Google Doc Insert drop down menu) between log entries.

3.   Log #13: What I know about the term, rhetoric, right now.

Write a one-page, double-spaced entry describing anything that you already know or already have familiarity with regarding rhetoric. The purpose of the log is to document where your knowledge is at as you start the assignment and compare that with what you learn over the coming weeks. Keep in mind you have been using rhetoric in this class, in fact log #12 asked you to perform a rhetorical analysis.

All work must be completed and submitted by Friday @ 9 AM