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You know you’re done with Intro to PW when:

This week is about wrapping up loose ends and finishing projects.

Monday and Wednesday are studio days. I will be available to read drafts, comment on processes, answer questions, and help you clarify deliverables. I highly recommend you take advantage of this time to get feedback and work alongside your peers.

If you will not be in class, please send me an email letting me know why and how your work is progressing outside of class. Remember our discussion about rhetorical choices and email. Learn how to talk to professors, managers and colleagues about how you’re balancing multiple demands without communicating that too common “I have something more important to do” vibe. It’s an important skill and one worth cultivating. Important note: This isn’t about lying to professors, managers, etc. It’s about being clear, ethical, and rhetorically effective. Tough, but doable, and the hallmark of a good professional writer.

Friday is our last day of class. It is important that you are in class. We will do some brief discussion of what your projects are, what you’ve learned, and what’s next for you. You will complete your participation self-evaluations in class. I’ll bring treats. 

Your professional profiles and your final portfolio projects are due no later than Wednesday, May 3rd at 5PM. Electronic copies in your google drive folder and an email letting me know the work is complete is sufficient. If you would prefer to hand in hard copies, please email me to make an appointment.

All the required elements of each project are listed on the End of Semester Assignment Sheet (which I have updated to include the letter of transmittal for your professional profiles. Consult these guidelines for a letter of transmittal to help you complete this element of the assignment.

Final Grading reminders:

These two final projects represent a significant portion of your grade. They should represent the culmination of what you have learned this semester, and they should show your serious engagement with the assignments and with your own professional development. While there isn’t a rubric I think my expectations have been clear.

Your work should have a specific audience and a specific use case for final deliverables. You can return to my comments on your proposal drafts to clarify what my expectations are for your professional profiles. If you’re still not sure, we should talk during studio time or office hours this week.

For your final portfolio pieces: The work you’re doing here varies widely. I’m happy with the project you’ve chosen and know there will value for you in following through with them. Some of you have chosen projects where my feedback will be valuable in moving work forward if you need or want specific feedback from me on this work, please be clear about what you’re looking for in your reflections. 

Remember with your portfolio projects, there are two pieces: 

  1. The thing you are making
  2. Your reflection on the process, the rhetorical choices you made, and the professional writing skills you are drawing upon to complete the work. The reflection is as important to me as the thing you are making. Take it seriously. If you’re not sure what to include or how to approach the reflective work, let’s talk about it in studio this week.

When everything is handed in, you’re done. Please don’t forget to fill out your instructor evaluations for this class. They are important to me. 

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I am a PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition and Purdue University. I currently teach first year composition. My research interests include threshold concepts in composition, invention strategies, service-learning, community engagement, and professional and technical writing.

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