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Grades on the Analysis of Writing Project

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Top 5 Ways to Improve Your GradeI have graded all of the Analysis of Writing in Your Field Assignments. In this post, I am providing details on how you all did and what you can do if you are not happy with your grade. Please read the information carefully and note the related dates.

Overall Feedback for the Class

  • Complete tables for most students: Most of you did a good job following the instructions in the assignment by including all of the required information. I hope that the self-assessment for the project served as a checksheet to make sure you had everything you needed.
  • Not much creativity in content or design: Most of you went the safe and easy route, matching your information and table to the examples. I didn’t see any risktaking in the content, though some of you did do a very nice job in designing the table with colors and other features that made them easy to navigate.
  • Missing project self-assessments: The most frequent error in the submissions was failure to include the self-assessment sheet for the project, which included 10 points for self-reflection. The error was frequent enough that I made a shortcut so I didn’t have to type it out each time. The self-assessment was explained in Step 5 on the Assignment page.
  • Centered text: The second most frequent error was use of centered text for the contents of the columns. In terms of design, remember that the best design for text is flush left, ragged right. Centered text is harder to read. Centered headings are okay, but the entire document should not be centered. More details are on the Ten Ways to Improve Your Writing page on the course website.
  • Putting in full effort: In a few cases, tables showed a minimum of effort. The columns included obvious or general information that provided little information about the kinds of writing. For example, in the ethics column, some wrote simply that the document “should be professional.” That should go without saying really. All writing in the workplace should be professional. In these cases, I would like to see more evidence of critical thinking and research into the topics.

Revision Activities for the Analysis Project

I have reopened the assignment so that those of you who want to put in additional work can improve your grade on the project. This revision opportunity is your last chance to improve your work. There will not be a second round of revisions.

If you earned an A or are satisfied with the grade you earned, do nothing. Otherwise, follow the guidelines below to resubmit your work.

  1. If I made a mistake
    Send me an email message or a private message on Slack with the details. I’ll fix it.
  2. If you forgot the project self-assessment
    Go back to Step 5 on the Assignment page, and follow the instructions. Upload the self-assessment by the date in the table below, and I will regrade your work.
  3. If there were problems with the content or design of your table (like centered text or missing information)
    Revise your table to improve your work, adding whatever is missing or tweaking the design. Upload the self-assessment by the date in the table below, and I will regrade your work.
  4. If you did not submit your work at all
    Do so by by the date in the table below. You will lose a full letter grade for missing both the due date and the end of the grace period.
  5. If your grade was lowered because you submitted your work after the grace period ended
    You can revise your project to improve other aspects; however, you cannot recoup the points that you lost by submitting your work after the grace period ended.
  6. If something else is going on
    Send me an email message or a private message on Slack with the details. I’ll see what I can do to help you.

Writing Group Revision Dates

Revisions due by 11:59 PM on March 24
Revision grace period ends at 11:59 PM on March 28


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