Tom Versteeg
English Composition 101

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Some Important Dates as We Draw Nigh (or at Least Nigher) the End

Friday, 18 Nov.--A day off from conferencing and workshopping when we--as a class--will spend a little time getting a handle on Essay Assignment Three and the Reflective Cover Letter piece of your final portfolio. Since this will be our only whole-class day attending to these crucial assignments, it's important that everyone be familiar with both assignments before class time on Friday. If you didn't receive copies of the two assignments in class, you can find--and print--both by going to the Documents section. But however you get hold of the assignments, be sure to have had a careful look at both before Friday and to bring any questions you have about the assignments to class (also, regarding the third essay assignment, "A Framework for Understanding Carr's Argument in The Shallows"--available in the Documents section--might be useful to help you get oriented, if not exactly to the assignment, at least to the pieces of Carr's larger argument).

Monday, 21 Nov.Absolute dealine for submission of a would-be final draft of Essay Two (assuming you're in the market for a grade above 1.9 in our class) 

Tuesday, 22 Nov.--Last day to turn in would-be final drafts to me (either revisions of earlier essays or a would-be final of the third) and have my iron-clad guarantee that you'll get them back in time to do more revision if necessary. While you'll still have another two weeks after this date to continue working on essays and to confer with me and with classmates, you should assume that the would-be finals you turn in after the 22nd are your last shot for that particular essay. 

Tuesday, 29 Nov.—Turn in day for final portfolio (See “Final Portfolio Instructions” and “Final Portfolio Cover Letter Assignment” in the Documents section; also, on Monday the 28th we'll spend a little time in class talking about the assembly of your final portfolios.)

Wednesday, 30 Nov.—No class since I, like all my brothers and sisters in the English Department, will be laboring over portfolios all day.  
Monday, 5 December--This is our last regular day of class (as well as the last regular day of class for all other SFCC classes). We'll workshop and conference as usual on this day, and I'll ask you to complete some feedback for me on the class. After the 5th, I'll be available in my office (24-338) for conferences (first come, first served) pretty much anytime after about 12:30 on Tuesday the 6th, and between at least 10:00 and 3:30 or so on Wednesday the 7th. After the 5th, you'll need to make your own arrangements to meet with classmates for peer consultation, but please be sure to do so—remember that consultations both with me and with classmates are still requirements for submission of would-be finals right up until the very end (that is, fully completed peer conference sheets and an assignment sheet with my sign-off still must come in with would-be final drafts).
Thursday, 8 Dec., 2:00 p.m.—Absolute deadline for turn in of any and all work. Just bring your work by my office, and slide it under my door if I happen not to be there when you arrive. Then have a dandy winter break.
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