Tom Versteeg
English Composition 101

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

Friday, March 3--A day off from conferencing and workshopping (or maybe only 2/3 of a day off) when we--as a class--will spend a little time getting a handle on the Reflective Cover Letter piece of your final portfolio. Since this will be our only whole-class day attending to this crucial assignment, it's important that everyone be familiar with the assignment before class time on Friday. If you didn't receive a copy of the assignment in class, you can find--and print--one by going to the Documents section. But however you get hold of the assignment, be sure to have had a careful look at it before Friday and to bring any questions you have about it to class.

Tuesday, 7 MarchAbsolute 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). Also, this is the 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 7th are your last shot for that particular essay. 

Thursday, 9 March--On this day we'll both go over the directions for Final Portfolio and have our only whole-class learning day regarding Essay Assignment Three (be sure to be familiar by this date both with the third assignment and "A Framework for Understanding Carr's Argument in The Shallows" from the Documents section). This isn't a day folks would be wise to miss.

Friday, 10 March—Turn in day for final portfolio (See “Final Portfolio Instructions” and “Final Portfolio Cover Letter Assignment” in the Documents section.)

Monday, 13 March—No class since I, like all my brothers and sisters in the English Department, will be laboring over portfolios all day.  
Thursday, March 16--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 16th, I'll be available in my office (24-338) for conferences (first come, first served) pretty much anytime between 10:00 and 3:30 on Friday the 17th, and then between 12:30 and 3:30 or so on Monday the 20th. After the 16th, 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).
Tuesday, 21 March, 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 spring break.
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