Tom Versteeg
English Composition 101

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Important Dates Coming Up

Probably I'm not telling folks anything they don't already know here, but I thought I'd remind everyone of a couple important dates that are now definitely right there on the horizon. The first of these is this coming Friday, 6 May; this is the absolute deadline for submitting a would-be final draft of the first essay, and, of course, to be eligible to submit that would-be final each student must go through the collaborative process both with me and with classmates. Then the next Tuesday, 10 May, it'll be time to submit your best version of that first essay for midterm portfolio assessment. On Monday the 9th, we'll talk in class about how to "assemble" the midterm portfolio, but, in fact, there isn't much assembly required. Still, to get a fuller sense of what's up with this midterm portfolio thing, I'd suggest that before the 10th you go to the Documents section and have a look at both "Midterm Portfolio Procedures" and Portfolio Preview--especially the introductory letter to students (4) and at least one of the sample essays from each category. Truth be told, though, if you're doing a solid job with the work of the class, portfolio assessment is not something you'll need to worry about.

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How Watching Some Dandy Movies Can Save You from an Absence

Beginning Tuesday, 19 April, and continuing for the next five Tuesdays, Spokane Falls will present SFCC's annual International Film Festival. Each year the college rounds up a number of exceptional movies from around the world and presents them at the Garland Theater free of charge to SFCC and SCC students. Yes, these films are free for anyone connected with the Community Colleges of Spokane and just $5.00 for everybody else. There's always a varied, interesting selection of films—for a schedule of this year's movies, see the International Film Festival link on this website—so attending these movies might well be something you'd want to do just for your own pleasure and enrichment. But as an added incentive, any student who attends one of these films and then by Friday of the week the film was shown turns in to me a response paragraph regarding the movie gets one absence stricken from his or her official record. That single paragraph should include some specific details about the movie you saw as well as a brief discussion of what you thought of the experience and why you thought about it as you did. Special stipulation: while I invite you to go see all five of these movies, twice is the maximum number of times you can turn in response paragraphs to have an absence removed.

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