Monday, September 5

I hope you all are having a lovely, safe Labor Day holiday.


Common First Week Assignments Returned

You should have received an email from TSquare yesterday, indicating that your grades for the Common First Week Project have been released to you. You will be able to view the numerical grade for this assignment in the Gradebook tab on TSquare, but more importantly, you will be able to view my comments and feedback on your video through the same Assignments tab where you turned the video link in.

Any time an assignment is returned, you should go back into the Assignments tab – the title of the assignment will be a link and its status will be listed as “Returned” in the third column. Click on the title of the assignment, just as you did when you submitted it (see image below). Screen Shot 2016-09-04 at 1.02.28 PM

Once you are in the page for that returned assignment, you will want to check two places for instructor feedback.

First look at the section “Additional Instructor’s comments about your submission” (circled below). If there are any specific instructions or special circumstances, they will be laid out here (for example, if you received an “R” grade and need to resubmit your assignment).

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Second, you will want to download and read the “Instructor’s attachments to this submission” (see arrow above). In this case, you will see the standard rubric attached with highlighted sections that indicate the evaluation of your video, along with my comments typed beneath the chart. For other assignments, attachments might include your essay with comments noted in track changes, screenshots with feedback, or other relevant documentation. It is vital to your continued improvement in this class that you read these feedback documents thoroughly.

Once you have looked at the feedback for your assignment, if you have any questions or concerns,  contact me to make an office hours appointment. Please remember that FERPA does not allow me to discuss grades via email and discourages discussing your graded assignments in the presence of your peers (like at the beginning or end of class).


A brief reminder of the homework for Wednesday’s class:

  1. Read WOVENText Chapters 6, 7, and 17 (Chapter 6 and 17 will help you as you begin to formulate your definition essay topic and Chapter 7 will give you an idea of how assessment of major assignments works in this course so please read all three chapters carefully).
  2. Read Raymond Williams’s “Keywords” but ONLY read the definition entries for “Family,” “Generation,” and “Society.” (Feel free to browse other definitions as you like, but those are the three we will discuss). The PDF of this text is available on TSquare.
  3. Begin working on Blog Post 1, due at 11:55pm on Wednesday – come to class with any questions you have about the posting process, your individual post, or assessment (especially after reading Chapter 7 in WOVENText).
  4. Prepare for our lesson with the Humanities Librarian, Karen Viars, by bringing your laptop and being ready to participate in activities related to research. sherlockresearchRemember, you will need 3 outside sources by class on September 12, so this class will be a good way to get started on that process.

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