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Monday, February 18, 2008

He Choose Poorly

Posted by Seeking Solace |

One of my Comp students emailed me his process essay to review. The topic dealt with how Dateline goes after child predators on the Internet.

Um...right.

I think I need to start approving topics from now on.

7 comments:

Anastasia said...

umm....

Prisca said...

Dang! I want to see that one. Where do they come up with this stuff?

M in my diary said...

I've had a big problem in the past with people writing process essays that were not how-to at all, but rather explaining and describing something so that it is ultimately a narrative rather than a process.

So far, I've graded only online peeps, but this semester seems better.

Now, I'm battling the description essay. Every semester, I tell myself I'm not going to do it again, or else I'll give them a picture of a plant, and say, describe this! But then ultimately, I think it's a good exercise for pushing the vocabulary, and I wind up doing it. I began it today, and this semester's morphing encompasses a week's worth of exercises before we even begin talking about the actual essay assignment.

We're going to do lots and lots of exercises and make sure we understand what exactly I mean by "creating a visual image" and "using lots of adjectives."

Also (now that I've ranted on a bit) - I always approve topics. Do you do so, too, and he just didn't get it approved? Now that I've ranted, I don't remember what your original post said.

M in my diary said...

Oh, yes, you did say that you would start from now on. Yes, I always get the topic ahead of time. I also caution them to write on something concrete. I don't want to read their opinions on how to make a relationship work! (Stay away from the abstract... it may look like the light but it is, in reality, your road to a bad grade...)

Seeking Solace said...

M: Thanks for the insight. You can rant here anytime.

I foolishly thought that my students would know to pick decent topics. I am an idiot.

Mad Hatter said...

Could've been an amusing paper to read, though....

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