15. Final Announcment

Hey all,

This Wednesday we will have our final Zoom call in which we will loop back to Gloria Naylor’s text on “A Word’s Meaning…”–the one we read at the beginning of the semester.  This time we’ll be scanning it for tricks it can teach us for writing a better Essay 3.  Please have a look if you can, before the Zoom.  It is quite short.

Also, as mentioned last week, final portfolios are due this week by the end of the day Wednesday.  Let me know if you need an extra day or two of time to finish.  I’ll be looking here for a link to your Google folder containing the below items; please be sure you’ve clicked on that link < and shared your Google Folder with me (otherwise, you run the risk of my thinking you dropped the class).  Here’s the stuff to make sure is in your Google folder:

–Essay 1 (2-3 drafts, meaning 2-3 different files)

–Essay 2 (2 drafts, meaning 2 different files)

–Essay 3 (optional grade boost, but most of you will want this if you’ve missed work)

–3 Revised OpenLab Friday Prompts (this can be one document but be sure to include your original post, my comments, and your revised post)

–Revision Reflection (~1 page: at least 1 paragraph describing the *specific* revisions you made to Essay 1; at least 1 paragraph describing revisions to Essay 2; at least 1 paragraph describing how your writing has changed this semester and/or how you’ve begun to think about writing—and/or reading—differently since the summer)

As always, email me with questions.   Good luck!


No Zoom class or New work due this week (Holiday!)

Please use this week to rest, catch up (virtually if need be) with fam, and catch up on work for this class.  You might:

–FInish missing blog posts and comments on OpenLab

–Revise Essay 1

–Revise Essay 2

–Begin Essay 3

I will be in touch in the days after Thanksgiving with info on readings etc. for next week.  Enjoy break!

0. Welcome / OpenLab Setup

Hey everyone,

Welcome to the course.  Now let’s get setup (be forewarned: bc this is an online coures, there is *a lot* of setup to be done—please be patient with this process and read carefully!).  Luckily for you, I’ve prepared for you a CityTech Online Setup “Bible.” < — go here and begin (or just scroll down)!

Monroe (a.k.a. Professor Street, but you can call me “Monroe”—or whatever you’d like; just don’t “call me” an hour after an assignment is due asking how to do it 😉

City Tech Online OL Course Setup “Bible”

The following are instructions for doing everything you need to do to complete the required online work for this course.  Please read everything carefully and don’t forget to go all the way to the bottom (the last step is CRUCIAL).

HOW TO SET UP CITY TECH E-MAIL & OPENLAB (Required to pass this course!)

EMAIL SETUP (Required to join course on OpenLab):
Look up your email address here. (Usually it’s firstname.lastname@mail.citytech.cuny.edu)
Go to the CT Email Login Page. Enter your email address (above) and password (below).
At first your CT PASSWORD is: First initial of first name UPPERCASE + first initial of last name lowercase + MMDDYYYY + last 4 of your EMPL ID

HELP? See: Guide to getting your City Tech e-mail activated  // First-Year Student Guidebook

Email: StudentHelpDesk@citytech.cuny.edu // Phone: 718-260-4900

Video: Getting Setup with CT Email and OpenLab

OPENLAB SETUP (Yes… Required for this Course)
Create an OpenLab Account (use your CT email if you have it; if you don’t, see below)
Check your CT email for verification code to login to OpenLab with.
Join this course by clicking here, then clicking “Join Course”
Go to main course site here and begin clicking everywhere to explore!

HELP? See: Guide to setting up an OpenLab account and then sign up for this course here.
If you don’t have CT Email working, email the OpenLab HelpDesk for help

HOW TO SHARE YOUR WORK ON OPENLAB (Required, as usual… 🙂

Video: Sharing work on OpenLab as a COMMENT (you will do this for ALL assignment EXCEPT Essay 1 and Essay 2—for those assignments see below video on POSTING)
Video: Sharing Essays on OpenLab as a POST (ONLY do this when posting your Essay 1 and your Essay 2; do NOT do this with all other assignments)

Create a Google Drive folder (with link-sharing enabled) for sharing Essay drafts and other assignments with me (if you don’t have a Google account, I apologize, but you’ll have to create one of those first).
–> Please NAME YOUR FOLDER using your LAST NAME and the COURSE (e.g., my last name is Street, so I’d title my folder “Street_ENG92”)

–> see: create a folder // –> see: move a file or a folder

How to Create a Google Doc

How to Upload a Document from your device to your Google Folder

How to Create/Change the Name/Title of a Google Doc
–> Please name each Google Doc according to the assignment (e.g., for one of your second article summary, you’d title the document “Summary 1”; for your first draft of the Essay 1 assignment, you’d name the document “Essay 1 Draft 1”; for your final draft of the same essay, you’ll name the document “Essay 1 Final Drat”)

TO SUBMIT YOUR PORTFOLIO FOR MY REVIEW (psst… required to pass!)
Make sure you’ve shared your Google Folder with “Anyone who has the Link”
Copy your Google Drive folder link/URL
Fill in your info on this Contact/Info form I need you to complete; paste your Google Folder Link at the end.