Week 15: Dec. 3 and Dec. 5

Tue. Dec. 3: Peer reviews

The ability to provide constructive feedback to your peers is an essential skill to develop during your college career, and it will serve you well in your professional life after graduation.

Bring two printed copies of your essay to class, and two different colors of pen. We will provide the rest!

Thu. Dec. 5: Reviews, conclusions, evaluations

A session to review what we covered in the past 14 weeks: the history of tea, reading and writing skills, and surviving your first semester in College!

  • Look through the course contents from the previous 14 weeks. Which texts stood out? Which topics fascinated you most? Which exercises (in class or as writing assignments) did you enjoy most? Which activities or texts made you learn the most (even if perhaps not your favorite)?
  • Be prepared to share what you liked a lot and did not like so much, what improvements can be made to the course, and what tips you would give to future students of this course.
  • Slides (Gdrive link)

Monday Dec. 9: Submit all written work and make-up assignments

  • Make sure all your posts on your website are accessible and under the category FYS-tea, for your portfolio work, with the correct link listed on the Canvas page with links.
  • Write your Portfolio Reflection: either share as a Google Doc, or add as a blog post.
  • Submit the final version of Essay 2 as a Google Doc, use “final version” in the file name and set sharing to “suggesting” or “edit”.
        • Include one paragraph at the end explaining how you responded to the feedback you were given from various people (is not incl. in page count)
  • Make sure you are signed up for an appointment.

Finals week: Conversation appointments!

Make an appointment for a final conversation during Finals Week about your work in this class, and your development as a writer and student. Think about the grade you think you earned, based on the effort, progress, and completeness and quality of your work. You can check the requirements in the syllabus:

Did you

  • do all the assignments in timely fashion?
  • strive to improve the quality of the work you submitted by incorporating feedback in later assignment, or do rewrites?
  • participate in class regularly?
  • treat your fellow students and the Writing Assistant in a professional manner throughout the semester?
  • apply the techniques learned in class to writing assignments for this and other courses?
  • prepare for each class by doing the readings and taking notes?
  • try deliver high quality, strong analytical written work developing your own ideas?
  • give your full 100% for this course, as conditions allowed you?
  • prepare for this conversation by considering your strengths and areas for further growth as a writer and student?

Or did you

  • finish many assignments at the last minute, or just “phone it in”?
  • not bother with thinking through the feedback from your classmates, or Writing Assistant, and put only minimal effort in the rewrites?
  • wander off to websites not related to class materials, or just passively sit through class regularly?
  • not interact with your classmates and Writing Assistant, or in class discussions, only doing the minimal to prevent your grade from suffering?
  • not apply the techniques learned in class to assignments in this course and other courses?
  • not prepare the readings and just pretended to have done them?
  • try to find excuses for not giving your full 100%?
  • not prepare for this conversation, hoping that your professor will fill the time?

This conversation is a chance to reflect on what you would do differently if you could do the course all over again; looking at your effort, performance and engagement with this course, what grade would you give a student like you? I retain the final say on grades, based on my assessment of your performance, engagement and effort put into this course, but I will take your honest and realistic self-assessment into account.