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Final Salvo, Part 1

The writing that follows looks a bit strange after it’s been reformatted by WordPress; you’ll find it’s difficult to read the footnotes, and some of the miscellaneous presentation is different. I trust you can manage. This is a copy of what was shared with you through Google Drive, and your job this weekend is to read it.

Your job over the next week is to read everything that starts here:

That is last year’s complicated series of posts on the final essay. You obviously have a different kind of assignment, and one divorced from the toxicity of grades; the process is not all that different, however, and there is a massive amount of help to be had in those posts. Lots of it still applies. You might even note that some of the language has, in fact, already been used on you this year.

Your job is to make your way through everything in that series of posts, including the work from your predecessors in AP Language. This is all you need to pull of the writing goal outlined below. You will receive more student models in class. We’ll also go over the final exam and all its attendant stresses next week.

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Self-Monitoring: Case Studies

Two notes on progress reports:

  1. Your responsibility is to share your comments and your explanations with your parents.
  2. Some of your requested comments have been overridden; if they have been, it is up to you to seek me out to discuss these changes.

The second one brings us to the idea of self-monitoring, because it includes checking your email regularly. Of the twenty or so students I wrote last week about the canned commentary assignment, only a handful replied or got back to me with their justifications. This is unacceptable, and it means that all of you have to hear this:

These are your work emails. You no longer have the luxury of ignoring them, regardless of how professional-sounding your personal email is. It also doesn’t matter if you use that personal email far more frequently than this work email; Google Drive and Gmail are a part of our course, and if you miss something from me, it means you missed something in this course. This goes doubly for the website, which ought to be set up to notify you when a new post is added.

And while I shouldn’t have to say this in March, you need to read everything you’re given carefully. If you skim, you will miss something important. The good news is that many of you are doing exactly what you should be doing, and I can already see the difference in how you learn and what you retain. Your efforts are giving this old curmudgeon a dangerous amount of hope.

Now load the following document, read it, and consider how it might apply to you:

As we round into spring break and the end of the third quarter, your investment and achievement are under the spotlight. A Kohnian classroom means that everything you do matters, not just the occasional assignment. Adjust accordingly.