Welcome to De Anza! Agenda



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Welcome to De Anza!

Agenda

  • Schedule
  • Reflective Essay 2
  • Workshop
  • Analytical Essay 2
  • Appointments
  • Homework

Schedule

  • We are past the point of no return. You either pass or fail.
  • Your portfolio needs to be turned in on or before Friday, March 24.
  • Three instructors will evaluate your portfolio.
  • Your portfolio should contain one in-class essay, one analytical essay, and the second reflective essay.

Reflective Essay

  • The most important parts of your reflective essay will be the parts about your timed writing and your analytical essay.
  • The overall structure of your reflective essay should be chronological, but the most important parts of your essay should follow a problem-solution structure.

Reflective Essay

  • For your timed writing you should have two paragraphs, one paragraph in which you define the problem and one paragraph about how you addressed it.

Reflective Essay

  • For the early timed writings there were common issues with regard to process and with regard to the writing itself.
  • Process:
    • No process (no brainstorm, no outline, no proofreading)

Reflective Essay

  • For the early timed writings there were common issues with regard to process and with regard to the writing itself.
  • The Writing Itself:
    • Question not answered
    • No introduction or conclusion
    • Topic sentences and transitions not hinting at changes of direction
    • Paragraphs going off topic
    • Examples not specific

Reflective Essay

  • Review: What are characteristics of specific examples?

Reflective Essay

  • Review: What are characteristics of specific examples?

Reflective Essay

  • For your reference I have uploaded the prompts for the in-class essay.
  • You will need to describe the essays, and most likely the descriptions will include the main questions.

Workshop

  • The following people still need to do the workshop for the first draft of the analytical essay:
    • Olivia
    • Gustavo
    • Doris
    • Tommy
  • Download the rubric for the first draft of the analytical essay.

Analytical Essay

  • Everyone here should have already done at least one revision of the analytical essay.
  • The next round of revisions will require you to read your own essay (or a partner’s essay) as if you are one of the instructors evaluating the essay.
  • There is a point on the scoring guide for assessing your writing for an audience.
  • You will need to make big-picture revisions.

Analytical Essay

  • Your essay needs to make sense to the people who are evaluating it, or it will not pass.
  • What knowledge about your essay do you have that the evaluators will not have?
    • Know more about the channel
    • Language
    • Background knowledge from the audience
    • Do not refer to a second comment or an unusual comment as you are introducing the second comment.

Analytical Essay

  • Your essay has a chance to pass if the overall essay makes sense to your evaluators. However, other factors can cause your essay to not pass.
  • What will evaluators pay attention to?
    • Scoring guide
    • Essay stays on topic
    • Recognizable sequence
    • Sentence structure (mechanics, style)

Analytical Essay

  • Your essay has a chance to pass if the overall essay makes sense to your evaluators. However, other factors can cause your essay to not pass.
  • What will evaluators look for?

Analytical Essay

  • Evaluators will want to read essays that are easy to read. What would make your essay hard to read?
    • Ideas: 12pt times new roman; thesis
    • Organization
    • Development
    • Style
    • Mechanics

Analytical Essay

  • For a few minutes write about what you have revised so far. This might be material for your reflective essay.

Analytical Essay

  • For any high-stakes writing that you do from now on you should write many drafts.

Appointments

  • Complete drafts
    • David R after class
    • Yash R 10:30 MCC-14
    • Matt F 10:30 MCC-14

Homework

  • Tomorrow: Continue discussion of reflective essays.
  • Read your essay as if you are one of the instructors evaluating your essay. Make appropriate revisions.
  • This weekend: E-mail me drafts of the part of your reflective essay that is about your in-class essay. E-mail me a new draft of your analytical essay.

Form Groups

  • Presentations
  • Group 1: Gustavo, Tommy, Doris, Olivia
  • Group 2: Jennifer, Marisol, Yash, Jose
  • Group 3: Zaire, Matthew, David, Ileana
  • Group 4: Jack, Victor, Faye, Junhao
  • Amy? Andy? Anahi?


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