Veronica: Remember when I showed the class how to compute what scores you’d need to earn the next higher course grade? I gave three examples and said that if students came to my office asking if they had a chance of getting an A, I’d ask to see this math first. Remember the rest of the session, when I presented difficult concepts about hamster behavior and showed relevant video clips? I doubt it, because as usual you didn’t take notes. Remember when, right after class, you walked up with your grade report and announced, “I just want to know if I still have a chance of getting an A”? You never did, honey. And today your chances are even worse.
Jughead: Your office-visit question was carefully written in your planner: “Where do I start with the essay?” My answer was carefully patient: “Let’s look at the assignment prompt and the rubric.” You didn’t understand, because there were four Things that each said “25 points,” but the syllabus says it’s a 100-point assignment. My answer was carefully patient: “Yes, each of these is a Thing your essay will be graded on. See the rubric?” You still didn’t understand, because one of the Things was “Craftsmanship,” and that’s not a topic on the syllabus. My answer was carefully patient: “As the rubric shows, craftsmanship just means paying attention to grammar, spelling, and the format and style guide requirements.” You still didn’t understand, because craftsmanship isn’t in the textbook. My answer was carefully patient: “It’s great that you’re reading the textbook and the syllabus. Now let’s read the rubric.” You still didn’t understand.
Pigpen: You say you’ve never heard before that capital letters don’t belong on random words in the middle of sentences. You say you’ve never heard before that a lower-case “p” dips below the line, while an upper-case “P” is taller than the other letters. You say you’ve never heard before that evaluating the accuracy of a statement means checking to see whether it is correct. What a coincidence! I’ve never heard before of a college student who’s never heard of these things.
Silly Rabbit: The assignment is to evaluate the accuracy of a statement from the web by comparing it to the textbook. You write, “This website has nothing to do with the textbook, but if I am required to choose a relevant chapter, I’d say it was Chapter 15.”
It does, you are, and it’s not.
Pinky: The assignment comes with a handy checklist designed to make both our lives easier. Here’s how a checklist works: 1). Read a line on the list. 2). Check your essay to see if you did the thing on the line. 3). If you didn’t do that thing in your essay, do it. 4). Check the box. 5). Repeat for the next line. Here’s how it doesn’t work: 1). Check all the boxes.