(There is no story to read for next class. You can ignore the story that is listed as a reading for next class on the schedule)
- Read the following document carefully: Short Story Review Instructions.
- Respond to the following questions.
- In order to earn a plus, your assessment must be at least two pages, double-spaced. You don’t have to spend equal amount of time on each question.
- I’ve posted my own response to these questions as a reply below. Check it out!
- Is anything unclear to you from the instructions? Write any questions that you have. Cite any parts of the instructions that are unclear. (I’m going to be going over the instructions for the rough draft next time, so maybe save your questions on that).
- How do you feel about this assignment? Are you excited, terrified, nervous, confident, etc.? Why do you think you feel this way?
- What are some aspects of previous English essays that teachers have praised you for?
- What are some aspects of previous English essays that teachers have said you need improvement on?
- What are your goals for this assignment? (besides getting a good grade). You can look at the grading criteria on the instructions and discuss any one of these aspects you’d like to especially focus on for this assignment. Or if you have your own ideas that don’t fit into these grading criteria, feel free to elaborate on those.
- What grade do you anticipate that you will get on the final draft of your short story review? Don’t include this answer in your response. Write down a number grade that you think you’ll get. Write it somewhere private. Hang onto it, either in your own personal journal, a note-taking app, a post it note in your drawer, etc. Do not share this grade with your teacher.
- Your Self-Assessment must be printed out and handed in (except for #6) at the beginning of class on September 21.
- Please double space it and format it according to MLA format. Here’s a sample of how it should look: Sample Essay
- Please use 12-point font.
1. I hope the instructions are clear. I try to make them as clear as I can. Things I anticipate that might be potentially confusing to students: Do we need a thesis statement? What is a thesis statement? How is this different or similar from other English essays we’ve written? How much is “enough” citations?
2. I feel excited about it. I like the idea of a community goal and a personal goal. This is similar to how the second assignment of the semester will work, though the communities for that assignment will be smaller (6 people). But, I like the idea that we’re working toward something together, as a class and we will publish something collectively. It will hopefully add a feeling of collaboration to the project. As a class, we can help lift each other up. There has to be a reason why we’re still coming to class as opposed to just learning all this stuff online. The cultural, community aspect is something that will hopefully help make this experience valuable. I also really hope writers in the class will feel free to express themselves naturally and genuinely. That’s such a hard thing to do. I know they’re used to putting on an act sometimes in school writing that it can be hard to know what “genuine and real” means. It can feel like just another hat they have to put on to please another teacher. Uch. School. It’s so difficult to not make it feel like school. But maybe that shouldn’t be the goal, to not make it feel like school. Maybe it’s to work within the constraints of school. I’ve often made the difference between “school” and “real life.” But of course school is real life. It’s not separate from the world. It’s a part of the world. So, again, maybe that’s where this assignment can have value: as something we are creating in school that can be used by people not in school. I don’t know.
With these assignments where I assign a genre, and purpose, and audience, I still come back to a lot of the same aspects of the English essay: thesis statement, integrating quotes, etc. But my thinking is that if we can lock this down for the first assignment, maybe we can really depart from this formula for the second one. The hardest thing for me is to get outside of the patterns that I’ve been brought up with and have replicated for so long in my teaching. That in attempting to create an assignment that deviates from the standard literary essay, I’m really just asking for the standard literary essay. Well, I hope not.
3. I guess I’ll talk about feedback I’ve gotten from students on my assignment instructions. It seems to me that students at least appreciate that I’m attempting to do something different, that I’m attempting to allow them some creative freedom, even if it doesn’t always work out that way. That I’m at least aware of the repetitiveness of English classes at College, and I’m taking some steps to get out of that. I hope that my instructions are also fairly clearly written.
4. The most common constructive criticism that I’ve gotten on my instructions is that they’re too long. I know. They are. They can be long-winded, which can be counter-productive. I’m a big fan of simplicity. But there are a lot of variables to talk about. There are inevitably questions, and I can foresee a lot of these questions, so I try to bake answers to them into the assignment instructions. In the past, when I was starting to work on alternative-type genres to the literary essay, I think sometimes I wasn’t sure what I was asking for, and so students weren’t sure what I was asking for. I hope I was a bit clearer in terms of form and genre. But, this is the first time I’m doing this exact assignment this way, so there’s always a learning curve. I’ll have a much better idea of what I’m asking for next time I do this assignment. It’s a big learning experience for me as well.
5. I would like to have 42 unique and interesting reviews to read. I would like to get at least one new idea from each of them. I want to read papers that show engagement, curiosity, and care. I want interesting, good pieces of writing. I haven’t really discussed the stories at great length in class. I’ve worked mostly on skills, on the process of coming up with ideas and developing thought. Hopefully this will lead to thoughtful essays where students have their own unique ideas. I always want to foster a sense of real community spirit. We have a few classes between the rough draft and final draft where the agendas for the classes are not yet set. I’d like to see students really delving into helping each other. I want to see the writers in this class get wrapped up in both the community and personal goals of this assignment. I want them to be proud of themselves and each other.
1. The instructions are very clear to me but I do have a question about something that you said in class that had me thinking. You talked about either liking the story or not liking it but try not to be in the middle I believe you said, but I don’t know how you can fully like something or fully hate something especially in the short story’s which are pretty much waves of emotions and deep thoughts, there will always be something that you will like in a story that you may hate. But hey again I might have miss understood you or something, I’ll ask you again the 21st.
2. This is actually the surprisingly an assignment that I’m looking forward to because I get to give my personal opinion on a story that I get to pick, so what’s not to like about that. The only thing I’m realizing is that it’s not the same that I have been doing in all my other classes for this assignment, the other teachers approach in a more formal way which doesn’t make much senses when it comes to a project about your own opinion on the story. The think what really sells it for me is that I get to choose which story I want to use because there is one story in the book that I fell in love with, which makes it almost like talking with my friends just on more of an in-depth level which sometime happens with my friend’s nights anyways. The only thing that worries me is coming up with that perfect phycological question that that can get me threw a full 1200-word paper, because like even as a group of six people in the class practice it took a lot of thinking and rethinking to come up with one that we were satisfied with and that took us almost an hour of working it. But know I need to do that just one person alone.
3. Well a lot of my resent teachers I have had in collage didn’t really pay much attention to the students it was mostly stand at the front talk and then, assign us something then have us get out then repeat next class. That’s one thing I really like about your class by the way. But I guess one thing that I’m good at was I usually had good ideas but I use to struggle when putting it on paper, but I’m better at that now.
4. Like I already said in the last question I use to struggle in getting all my ideas on paper. They also said I need to work on my structurer of my paper all the ideas where there but the paper was not organized the way they wanted it to be done so I always who have to go back and work on that.
5. My first goal is to ask that perfect question that really makes people to think when they start to read it, then get the chance to get my perspective of the story. My second it to talk about an amazing short story that on its own has such a deep meaning, and the emotions that it makes me feel and I just want to share that. I want to give you something interesting to read, something that surprises you in a good way. I want to make this some of my best work I have done ever.