Final Grades: F vs. WU

**This information is ONLY for students who have stopped attending class.**

If you have stopped attending class, but have not officially withdrawn you need to consider the difference between receiving an F and a WU in this course.

  1. If you have not completed the requirements for the class, and have stopped attending, you will receive a WU.
  2. If you have not completed the requirements for the class, but show up for the final exam, you will receive an F.

Both an F and a WU will compute in your GPA as an F, but a WU can have additional impact on your financial aid. (I cannot answer any specific questions on financial aid eligibility, but you can look on the City Tech website or contact City Tech to get more information.)

If you show up for the Final Exam on Monday, you will NOT receive a WU in the course. For most of you, this is the safer option.

Last week of the semester! For Monday 5/21 and Wednesday 5/23…

You are so close! Keep going for a few more days!

 

For class Monday 5/21:

  1. Prepare article for Final Exam
    1. The exam questions will be passed out to those who are in their seats and ready starting at 10am, and collected no later than 11:15am. There is no additional time for those who are late.
    2. Please look at the materials on OpenLab to review for the exam.

*Note: I handed out the article for the exam at the end of class on Thursday. If you did not attend class on Thursday, there is a copy of the exam article (with your name on it) in the folder labeled “PARUOLO ENG 1101” outside of Namm 529. That is the only copy of the article you will be allowed to use during the exam, so I highly suggest coming in early to mark it up with your notes. In the meantime, you can read the article here.

 

I have to hold class and lab on Wednesday, per City Tech rules. If you do not attend, you will be marked as absent.

For lab Wednesday 5/23:

  1. Arrive to lab by 9:30am, to fill out a Self-Evaluation.

For class Wednesday 5/23:

  1. Hand in Final Research Project.
    1. See last page of Research Project Packet for details of what needs to be handed in.
    2. I WILL NOT ACCEPT ELECTRONIC COPIES OF ANY PART OF THE RESEARCH PAPER. NO EXCEPTIONS.
    3. One last reminder: Do NOT plagiarize any part of your Research Paper. You will receive an F on the entire project (20% of your overall grade in the class), and be reported to the college for cheating. It is not worth it.

 

*Note: I have received a TON of emails from students over the past 5 days. I am working through them in the order they were received. Please be patient.

For Monday 5/14, Wednesday 5/16, and Thursday 5/17…

For class Monday 5/14:

  1. Print & Read “I Have a Dream…” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  2. Complete HW #20 (the last one!)
    1. Pick 5 of the vocabulary words listed. Write the definition of the word and then write your own sentence that uses the word correctly.
    2. Answer Reading Questions #1 and #2.
    3. Complete Activities and Assignments #1.
    4. Be sure to use details and examples from the text to support your answers.

 

For lab + class Wednesday 5/16:

  1. If you have already handed in a¬†complete outline, you can begin to work on a draft of your introduction, and first reason (both evidence #1, and evidence #2–that’s three paragraphs only). You do not have to hand this in yet, but I will read it if you do.
  2. If you have NOT handed in a complete outline, you need to hand it in on WednesdayРbring two copies. (If you have not handed in a research proposal, research notes, an annotated bibliography, and/or a thesis statement, those should also be handed in Wednesday.)
  3. EVERYONE must hand in a complete Works Cited page for ALL sources appearing in outline.
  4. OPTIONAL: Complete Extra Credit Assignment for 13th 

**We will be working on the Research Paper in class and lab, so bring everything you need to work on your paper to class Wednesday.**

 

For lab + class Thursday 5/17:

  1. Print & Read Sample Midterm Exam Response (bring to class)
  2. Re-read your Midterm Exam Response (bring to class)
  3. Hand in Draft of Research Paper- Introduction, and Reason #1 ONLY
    1. That is a three paragraph draft: Introduction, Reason #1 Evidence #1, and Reason #1, Evidence #2.
    2. If you handed in 3-paragraph draft on Wednesday, you may hand in a complete draft of the Research Paper

 

For Monday 4/30 and Wednesday 5/2…

For class Monday 4/30…

  1. Print & Read “Silent Dancing” by Judith Ortiz Cofer [I just updated this link to go directly to the PDF]
  2. Complete HW #18
    1. Pick 5 of the vocabulary words listed. Write the definition of the word and then write your own sentence that uses the word correctly.
    2. Answer Reading Questions #1 and #2.
    3. Answer Discussion Question #1.
    4. Be sure to use details and examples from the text to support your answers.

** Essay #2 Final is DUE next week, Monday 5/7**

 

For lab Wednesday 5/2…

  1. Write Research Notes
  2. Write Annotated Bibliography
    1. You only need to bring ONE copy of each

 

For class Wednesday 5/2…

  1. Print & Read “My Nigerian Culture” by Abimbola Ogundipe
  2. Complete HW #19
    1. Pick 5 of the vocabulary words listed. Write the definition of the word and then write your own sentence that uses the word correctly.
    2. Answer Reading Questions #1 and #2.
    3. Answer Discussion Question #2.
    4. Be sure to use details and examples from the text to support your answers.

For Monday 4/23 and Wednesday 4/25…

For class Monday 4/23…

  1. Print & Read¬†“Williamsburg Renaissance” by Jessica Guerra
  2. Complete HW #16
    1. Pick 5 of the vocabulary words listed. Write the definition of the word and then write your own sentence that uses the word correctly.
    2. Answer Reading Questions #1 and #2.
    3. Answer Discussion Question #1.
    4. Be sure to use details and examples from the text to support your answers.

For lab Wednesday 4/25…

  1. Write Research Proposal
    1. you only need to bring ONE copy of your proposal
    2. see Research Project Packet for details

For class Wednesday 4/25…

  1. Print & Read¬†“The Way We Live Now” by Colson Whitehead
  2. Complete HW #17
    1. Pick 5 of the vocabulary words listed. Write the definition of the word and then write your own sentence that uses the word correctly.
    2. Answer Reading Questions #1 and #2.
    3. Answer Discussion Question #1.
    4. Be sure to use details and examples from the text to support your answers.

**AND KEEP WORKING ON YOUR RESEARCH!!**

For Monday 4/16 and Wednesday 4/18…

*Be sure to look at the previous post about Mid-semester Grades*

For class Monday 4/16…

  1. Read Plagiarism and Ethical Citation
  2. Look at Citing Basics
    1. Click through some of the links on this page to read more about citations
  3. Go through the Research Skills Tutorial, Chp 6. Citing
    1. you do NOT need to take the quiz at the end

For lab Wednesday 4/18…

  1. Write Essay #2, Draft #2
    1. bring TWO printed, stapled copies to lab
    2. bring the P copy of Draft #1 (the one with my corrections on it)

For class Wednesday 4/18…

  1. Read Steps in Writing a Research Paper
    1. Look and read through the links for each step
  2. Go through City Tech Library Tutorials: Beginning the Research Process and Evaluating Information on the Internet
    1. There are additional tutorials on there you might want to check out also!
  3. Start Research Packet (Research Packets will be distributed in class on Monday)

Mid-semester Grades

You will be receiving your mid-semester grade for ENG 1101 via email in the next few hours. This grade is to let you know how you are doing so far this semester. Please remember that these are NOT final grades, and if you are dissatisfied, there is still time to improve the grade before the end of the semester.

These grades are based on your work in the class so far, including HWs, Preparation & Participation, Essays #1 and #2 (including drafts), and the Midterm Exam. I will be handing back your work in class on Monday (4/16), so you will be able to see exactly what you received on each assignment.

What the different grades mean:

P=Passing [This means that if I had to give you a grade right now, you would definitely pass the class with a grade somewhere between an A and a C]

BL=Borderline [This means that if I had to give you a grade right now, you would be right on the border of passing and failing, a grade somewhere between a D and an F. If you receive this grade, I will list the things that are bringing down your grade. I also recommend that you come see me to talk about how you can improve your performance.]

U=Unsatisfactory [This means that if I had to give you a grade right now, you would fail. If you receive this grade, I will list the things that are bringing down your grade. I also highly recommend that you come see me to talk about how you can improve your performance.]

**If you do not receive an email from me, please email me– it means there is something wrong with the email address I have for you– I am sending out ALL mid-semester grades today (Thursday).

As a reminder, for those students who would like to meet with me, I will have office hours on Monday from 11:30-12:30 in Namm 529, so please come by. If you would like to meet at a different time, you will need to email me to make an appointment.

Tomorrow

TOMORROW:

DON’T FORGET THAT WE ARE MEETING ON THE 4TH FLOOR OF ATRIUM IN FRONT OF LIBRARY, NOT IN OUR REGULAR CLASSROOM.

** BE ON TIME!!! **

For Monday 3/26 and Wednesday 3/28…

I apologize for the delay in posting an updated schedule‚Äď I had to wait for City Tech to make a decision regarding a make-up day. They have decided, and now Thursday, May 17th will be considered a Wednesday at the college. This means that we have class and lab on Thursday, May 17th.

I have posted an updated schedule on OpenLab, please look at it carefully and note the changes (there are many).

For class Monday 3/26…

  1. Print & Read Sample Exam Article
  2. Complete HW #14 [Thesis]
    1. You only need to complete Part I of this HW!
  3. Revise Essay #1, Final Version
    1. Hand in: one printed, STAPLED, final version
    2. Hand in: all drafts with my comments

For lab Wednesday 3/28…

  1. Write Essay #2, Draft #1
    1. Bring in TWO printed, STAPLED copies

For class Wednesday 3/28… *MIDTERM EXAM*

  1. Read & Prepare Midterm Exam Article
    1. the article will be handed out at the end of class on Monday 3/26

City Tech Closed Wednesday 3/21

City Tech is closed tomorrow, Wednesday 3/21, so we will not have class/lab.

I will figure out how to rework the schedule tomorrow, but I can tell you now that you will definitely NOT have your midterm exam on Monday 3/26.

Check OpenLab for updates.