End of Semester Reflection and Grade Proposal


Now that you have submitted your Analytical Research Papers, only one more task remains to complete for English 2100. You can find the link to your End of Semester Reflection and Grade Proposal HERE. As I have explained, this is an opportunity for you to reflect honestly on all facets of your work this semester and to consider what grade you believe you have earned through your efforts. While I cannot guarantee that you will receive the grade you propose for yourself, I will be guided by your self-assessment in recording your final grades, assuming that your grade proposal is fair and well-supported. If you have any questions about this process, don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Your End of Semester Reflection and Grade Proposal must be submitted no later than Tuesday, December 20th. If you fail to meet this deadline, you forfeit your opportunity to propose your own grade, and I will calculate your grade in the traditional way, taking into account this final missing assignment.

End of Semester Reminders


Hi Friends,

Just a reminder that your Analytical Research Papers are due today by midnight. Don’t forget the following:

  • Give your paper a title.
  • Place it in your ENG2100 Google Docs Folder with your other essays.
  • Proofread your essay before you submit it. You don’t want to turn something in that is full of typos!
  • Your Works Cited page should be formatted according to MLA Guidelines and it should be the last page of your essay.
  • Be sure that any time that you include words or ideas that you found in one of your sources, you identify the source with a parenthetical citation. This is not just true for quotations. It’s true for anything that you include in your paper that came from your research.
  • Make sure that your research question is included in your introductory paragraph.
  • Anticipate the reader who asks, “so what?” and provide an answer. Why is your research important? What do we learn from it?

Tomorrow morning, I will post a link to your End of Semester Reflection and Grade Proposal. Read the instructions carefully, and make sure to complete it by the due date (Monday, 12/19)

Good luck finishing your papers. I’m looking forward to reading them!

Conference Schedule – Monday, December 5th

On Monday, December 5th, instead of our regular class, you will be meeting with me in small groups to discuss your Analytical Research Papers and upcoming Presentations. These conferences are mandatory. Please note the following:

  • Bring your most recent draft with you to our meeting.
  • Many of you came to class with much less than a completed draft. If that was true for you, you still need to submit a proper draft. Please place the draft in your ENG2100 folder, give the file a name that makes clear that it is your ARP Draft, and email me letting me know it’s there. This must happen by 9 am on Monday at the very latest, so that I have time to read your draft before we meet.
  • Before your scheduled conference, give some thought to your presentation, and be prepared to tell me what you plan to do to share your research (or some aspect of your research) with the class.
  • These conferences are short in order for me to meet with everyone during our regularly scheduled class time. I am happy to meet with you individually (or in small groups) in addition to your scheduled group conference. If that’s something that you are interested in, please email me, so that we can find a time that works.
  • If you didn’t speak to me about your draft Wednesday in class and would like some general feedback on your draft, please send me an email, and I will be happy to share some thoughts about your work in progress.
  • I am here to help you finish the semester strong. Steady effort over these next few weeks will yield results that you can be proud of. Don’t be shy about asking for help.


12:10 – 12:30 Kareem, Jaylynn, Ryan, Radiya, Walter

12:30 – 12:50 Tanvir, Milosis, Janiel

12:50 – 1:10 Daniel, Shumaiya, Mehnaz, Dora

1:10 – 1:30 Ricardo, Rifat, Jiahua, Karla

1:30 – 1:50 Yana, Gissele, Jeffrey, Jason

Reminder – Bring “Work in Progress” with you to class on Mon. 11/28

Bring whatever work you have done so far on your Analytical Research Paper with you to class, and be prepared to share an informal progress report. You can either print out whatever you’ve done so far and bring a hard copy or come to class with your work available electronically.

By now, your proposal and your preliminary source list should be in your personal ENG2100 folder. Additionally, you should have an outline or some kind of “plan” for your essay, plus notes, and at least the beginnings of a draft.

As you know, your rough drafts are due in class on Wednesday, Nov. 30th. Bring three hard copies with you to class.

Reminder – Research Proposals Due Monday, Nov. 21st

By now, you should have settled on a topic for your Analytical Research Paper and generated a question that will guide your research. Please come to class with your Research Proposal. This could be a paragraph about what you are asking and what you are hoping to learn from your research. It could be a list of your primary question together with “sub-questions” that you have brainstormed. It could be a formal outline. The important thing is that you have written down what you intend to explore in your paper. In addition to bringing the proposal with you to class, please share it with me by placing it in your ENG 2100 folder.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Room Change – Wed. 11/16

On Wednesday, November 16th, we will be meeting in VC 6-155 instead of our regular classroom. Room 6-155 is a Computer Lab. We will spend part of Wednesday’s session working with the online resources of Baruch’s Newman Library. Please help spread the word about this room change to your classmates!

(Sorry for the late notice. I put in a request for a computer lab weeks ago, but it just came through!)

Homework – November 16th

Please post three possible topics for your Analytical Research Paper to the blog. These should be three ideas that you are personally very interested in. Be sure that your topic is sufficiently narrow and that you can explain how the topic fits under the broad category of “Language, Identity, and Representation”. The more specific you can be about what interests you, the more successful your essay will be. Please express your idea in the form of a question. This will give us some sense of what it is that you are interested in exploring about your topic. Your topics must be posted by 12pm on Wed., Nov. 16th

Follow Up to Class – Nov. 14th

If you missed class today, Monday, Nov. 14th, you need to compose and submit a “Dear Reader” letter, reflecting on your experience writing the Textual Analysis Essay. You can link to the instructions HERE. Once you have written your letter, please place it in your ENG2100 folder along with the essay.

If you missed class, you will also want to take a close look at the assignment for your final project, The Analytical Research Paper and Presentation. You can find the assignment above, under the “Essays” tab. Please read the assignment carefully, and use the “comments” section below to either make a comment or ask a question about this assignment. (Only those of you who missed class are required to do this.)

Pay close attention to the due dates included in the assignment. Successful completion of all the steps toward the Analytical Research Paper is required to fulfill this assignment.

Homework for Wednesday, November 9th

  • On Perusall, please read the short chapter titled “Clutter” by William Zinsser. As you read this short essay, think about how you could use Zinsser’s ideas to help you revise your Textual Analysis essays. Each time you find a piece of advice from Zinsser, please highlight it and in your note, express his suggestion in your own words. You can also feel add any other comments that seem like they would be helpful. Please make 3 notes on this essay.
  • Come to class on Wednesday with one hard copy of the most recent version of your Textual Analysis Essay. At this point, your essay should be complete, though still in draft form.

Conferences – Monday, November 7th

On Monday, instead of our regular class, you will be meeting me in your Writing Groups to discuss your Textual Analysis Essays. Our conference schedule is below. We will be meeting in our regular classroom. Please share any new or updated drafts with me by Monday morning, so that I will have read the most recent version of your work and can give you helpful feedback. Because so many of you had unfinished drafts yesterday or had drafts that indicated that you hadn’t quite figured out your focus yet, I strongly recommend that you continue to work on your drafts between now and Monday. Reach out to me via email if you want advice about how to proceed.

If you were not in class on Wednesday and did not submit a draft for the essay, you currently have a “zero” for this major assignment. You cannot write a successful essay for ENG 2100 without going through the drafting and revision process. Remember that it is your responsibility to reach out to me about absences or missing work.

Conference Schedule – Monday, November 7th

12:00 – 12:20. Group One: Yana, Tanvir, Shumaiya, Brandon

12:20 – 12:40 Group Two: Rifat, Karla, Walter

12:40 – 1:00. Group Three: Jeffrey, Milosis, Mehnaz

1:00 – 1:20. Group Four: Ricardo, Giselle, Janiel

1:20 – 1:40. Group Five: Jaylynn, Radiya, Jiahua

1:40 – 2:00. Group Six: Daniel, Jason, Ryan