Hi Students,



1–Zoom Info for Monday

2–Final Exam–Due Monday, May 25 by 5pm.

3–Research Essay–Due Monday, May 25 by 5pm.

4–Editing and Proofreading Tips


1–Zoom Info:

Topic: Sean Scanlan’s Zoom Meeting
Time: May 18, 2020 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 892 3358 7319
Password: 703485



2–Final Exam:

Although I am calling this a “Weekly Folder” there is only one assignment: the final exam. The final exam is simplified. It consists of two parts: quotation identification and one essay question. The quotations are taken from  the three genres that we have studied this semester: non-fiction essays, poetry, and short stories.  I have selected well-known text for students to chose from. The essay involves ethics and one shorts story. We will review the exam during our Zoom.

I think the Zoom will be short as we do not have any new material to cover. Reading over the exam will not take that long. Remember, this is an open-book exam.

The Final Exam:

ENG-1121-Final Exam-Spring2020


1–Open the Word Document

2–Read the exam carefully

3–Type directly onto the document: make it clear which quotations you are answering by providing adequate spacing

4–Make sure to proofread your answers (grammar and spell check too)

5–Add your name the file name. Example: SeanScanlan-ENG-1121-Final Exam-Spring2020

6–Email your exam to me: sscanlan@citytech.cuny.edu




3–Research Essay:

Many students have submitted a three-page draft for review. But there are not that many completed peer reviews. That is okay. Students still have time to perform a quality peer review and then revise, edit, and proofread with care. Remember, you must include the Works Cited at the end of this essay.


NOTE: EMAIL YOUR RESEARCH ESSAY TO ME: sscanlan@citytech.cuny.edu



4–Editing and Proofreading Tips for the Research Essay:

1. Buy a friend a cup of coffee and ask them read over your essay and make comments. Or, offer to trade essays.
2. Pay a friend/colleague a nickel for every mistake or problem that they find.
3. Read your essay out loud. Enunciate each word. If something is wrong, your ear usually picks it up.
4. Read “backwards.” This is a technique used by professional editors and proofreaders: starting at the end of your essay, read each sentence in reverse order (don’t read the words in reverse order).
5. Revise each topic sentence to reveal exactly what the paragraph is trying to claim/assert.
6. Replace all weak verbs; change passive verbs to active verbs.
7. Make sure that your topic sentences are aligned with your thesis. Do they help support your overall thesis? They should.
8. Make sure that your thesis, topic sentences, and your conclusion speak to each other–that they are linked. Revise as needed.
9. Make sure that commas are inside the quotations. For Example:

The unnamed narrator reveals that Lila Mae was dedicated, that she had “taken an oath and such things are to be taken seriously,” a remark that confirms her strong moral compass (14).

10. Make sure to use grammar check and spell check. Set the grammar check to “formal.”


Email me any questions, and,

Best wishes,