Module 4: Sweat

Lynn Nottage

Dramatist Play Service – ISBN: 9780822237648

Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat.


1.   Read the assignment: The Conversation
2.   This is a collaborative activity. You select collaborators you would like to work with and fill out this form.

The professor will do his absolute best to place you in a group of your choosing. If you don’t name any collaborators, then the professor will form a group. After you have submitted your form, you will find your group # and collaborators here.

3.   Read Sweat
4.   Create draft document

One member of the group should create a Google Doc in CI Docs>Module 4 and name it using the group #. All group members will have access to the document, and all members must post their materials on this document.

5.  Hold a planning meeting
  • Meet with collaborators. The meeting may take place in real time or be virtual, synchronous or asynchronous.  It may take place in one session or spread out over days. Find a way to communicate with one another that works for everyone.
  • Discuss the project in your meeting. What questions about the assignment come up? How helpful is the professional example as a model? What about the student example? What role will each member play and be responsible for in the project
  • Discuss outside sources. How should you use outside sources in this essay? How many sources? What kinds? Who will be responsible for making sure sources come up in the conversation?
6.   Draft the essay

Begin drafting the essay. I would encourage you to complete the draft one week prior to the deadline, so you have plenty of time to get feedback, revise, and edit. As I am not grading this assignment, I will be happy to assist you as a coach and advise you on strategies that will help you do well during scoring.

7.   Essay Submission

You must submit your portfolio by Friday, May 8 @ 9 AM or risk failing the class.

Essay Submission Instructions:

  1. Essays will be submitted through Google Classroom.  You may access Google Classroom from your drive in CIDocs (Click Google Apps>click More>choose Classroom).
  2. The classroom should immediately be visible. If not, check to see that you’re using your MyCI account. You must log out of your regular Gmail account and log into your MyCI account in order to complete this process.
  3. Once inside, you’ll find an assignment, Module 4 submission. Please read the instructions.
  4. Open the Google doc attached to the assignment. You will find a basic template with instructions.
  5. Please follow the instructions on the template exactly to make sure your portfolio meets submission requirements. As explained on the template, you will delete those instructions before submitting your portfolio. The template is a Google Doc.
  6. Essay #s: Find your name, and your essay # will follow.
  7. Create your header: Your header should follow this template: Professor’s name; portfolio #; course #, section #; student ID; page #, total pages (e.g. Justice400 330.01 12345678 1 of 7). The total pages should be filled in automatically when you paste your essay into the template.
  8. Change the name of the document: Copy all the information from the header except page information and use it to title/name your document. Here is an example of the formatting for your portfolio.
  9. Copy your essay and paste it into the document.  Each group member must submit a copy of the group project. All group project submissions should be exact copies of one another. You can modify the document until you click “TURN IN.”
  10. Do not ADD or CREATE any other files as part of your submission. You must copy and paste your portfolio contents into this template in order for your portfolio to be evaluated by the Composition Faculty.
  11. You must click the “TURN IN” button to submit your portfolio for scoring. DO NOT DO THIS UNTIL YOU’RE FINISHED REVISING YOUR PORTFOLIO.  Once your portfolio is submitted and the deadline has passed, ownership will transfer to your instructor; you will no longer be able to edit the document. You may submit before the deadline and are encouraged to submit before the Thanksgiving Holiday.
  12. For any questions about this process, contact me or the Composition Director, Dr. Stacey Anderson, at

Essay scoring:

2 faculty members separately read and score your portfolio using the writing criteria as a rubric. The scores are added together for a total. Scores are then translated into letter grades.

11, 12 – A

10 – A/B

8, 9 – B

6, 7 – C

4, 5 – D

3 and below – F

In the event that readers score an essay with a discrepancy of more than one point, a third read takes place. For example, if your portfolio is scored a 3 by one reader and a 5 by another, then a third reader reviews the portfolio. In the event that none of the readers can agree on the score, the classroom instructor makes the final decision.

This project is 30% of your final grade.

Grade Protests:

If you feel your essay was scored incorrectly, you may protest your grade by contacting me no later than Week 3 of the Fall 20 semester.

Due May 8, 2020 @ 9 AM