FINAL PROJECT: read the following information
the assignment to my email, not to UR Courses, no later than 6 p.m. [Regina
time] on Monday Dec. 7 in order to
receive a grade and to avoid a final course grade of NP.
assignment when you are 100% sure you are finished. I will accept and evaluate one email response
only, not multiple emailed responses that are sent later with added information
In order to
adhere to the deadlines created by the university and the English department,
there are no extensions or late assignments allowed. The Dec. 7 deadline applies to all students,
including international and special needs students. You are advised not to
leave the assignment until the last minute lest you forget about it, or are
rushed, or have computer problems, etc.
about the project must be sent no later than 1 p.m. Dec.4.
Note that I, and any other source of help, are very limited as to what
questions we can answer, since one of the goals of the assignment is for you to
show your proofreading skills. For
example, we can go over what a comma splice is; we cannot tell you if a
specific sentence in the essay is a comma splice or not. We can remind you what is needed in a good
thesis statement; we cannot tell you if the essay has a good or weak thesis
statement. We cannot proofread or
pre-evaluate your paragraphs.
Goal: The project is to allow you to demonstrate
that you understand the elements that are required to produce an acceptable
academic essay based on what we have covered this semester, and that you have
improved your writing and reading skills.
You are required to undergo a thorough evaluation of a sample student’s
essay, which has been posted in two formats:
Microsoft word and PDF. I recommend
that you print out a copy of the student’s essay. It is very difficult to proofread on a
YOUR requirements for the assignment are the
following. There are six separate parts
needed for your response. Please present
your answers clearly so they can be easily understood and evaluated.
Part One: make a list regarding the requirements for
the student’s essay. The requirements
are given below. Has the essay met all
of the requirements? If not, which ones
are missing or are incorrect? No lengthy explanations are required.
Part Two: for each paragraph, list the types and the
number of grammatical errors and unacceptable writing errors you find.
1. In paragraph #1 there are three
in paragraph #2 there are three
spelling errors and four apostrophe errors
and so on
Part Three: by examining the essay as a whole, find one
example of each of the following types of errors; then correct the sentence in
which the error is found, without changing the meaning of the sentence. Indicate by the paragraph # where the error
Part Four: for the thesis statement and for each of the
six paragraphs, identify and list 3-5 specific weaknesses in terms of their
content [this is about the ideas that are presented in each paragraph, not how
they are being presented in terms of grammar/expression]. No lengthy
explanations are required.
Part Five: Choose one of the four middle paragraphs and
rewrite it as an example of acceptable university-level writing in a formal,
unified paragraph of 6-8 sentences. The
content/analysis must be based on one of the points raised in the paragraph and
it must be related to the topic assigned to the student. Start the paragraph with an underlined topic
Part Six: In another paragraph of 6-8 sentences,
produce your own response based on a point not raised in the student’s essay.
You are writing a formal, unified middle paragraph that needs to answer this
Which ghost has the greatest significance on
Scrooge’s transformation and why?
paragraph needs to start with an underlined topic sentence. It can be based on your choice of any ghost
in the novel. If you choose one of the
ghosts that is discussed in the student’s essay, your paragraph must analyze a
different idea than anything he wrote about.