Jerz: Am Lit I (EL 266)

Due: Ex 2-2 (Peer Reviews) (posted 29 November 2004)" ?>

Originally scheduled for Nov 22, but delayed along with all the other paper-related activities.

As several students mentioned in class during the Nov. 17 draft workshop, we have no shortage of good ideas in this class. Getting good ideas down in writing is no easy task, but I've been happy with the results I've seen so far.

The revised draft of Paper 2 is still due Dec. 6.

For Exercise 2-2:

1) Read and comment on a classmate's most recent draft of paper 2. Photocopy the commented paper and bring both copies to class. (I will collect one copy to use in order to evaluate your grade on this exercises, and pass one copy on to the student whose paper you critiqued.)

2) Write a one-page response to your peer's paper, in which you focus on alternate viewpoints that you feel your classmate successfully addressed, and/or alternate viewpoints that your classmate did not address. Again, please produce two copies -- give them both to me, and I will pass one on to the student author.

a) Watch especially for uncited references to what "some people" say; extreme claims that use words such as "all", "every," "none," and "never"; and unsupported comparisons -- especially references to "the best" or "the most" or "the least" (since such comparisons imply that you have compared at least three items -- e.g., one that is "good," one that is "better," and one that is "best").

b) In most such cases, the student simply needs to rephrase... instead of saying "The best way to explain X is Y," it is more accurate to say, "A productive way of explaining X is Y..." or "If we assume that Y is an acceptable explanation of X, then we must also consider the effects of A, B, and C." These sort of complex logical relationships are the signs of advanced critical thinking.

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Ummmm... Yeah. Did you get that memo? I mean.. did anyone make any photocopies of papers on weds.?? I'm totally confused. Our group did not even get to finish reading and commenting on each other's papers...


Posted by: Mike on November 19, 2004 12:20 AM | Permalink to Comment

Whoops... although I noted that it was originally scheduled on Nov 22, and noted that the assignment was delayed, I neglected to actually change the due date (which is now Nov 29).

So don't worry, Mike, you haven't missed anything.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz on November 19, 2004 12:49 PM | Permalink to Comment

Does anyone want me to critique their paper? I am off to Mexico, and I could get you the peer-review before Thanksgiving break; so if I get yours, you can work on it when things aren't so stressful over break.

I really want to get this done, so please e-mail me at with your draft.

When I get my first one, I will post a response saying that I don't need another. Thanks all :-)

Posted by: Amanda on November 20, 2004 03:48 PM | Permalink to Comment

I sent Amanda my paper this morning. I hope she gets it!

Posted by: Tiffany on November 21, 2004 10:36 AM | Permalink to Comment

I am doing it tonight, Tiff. Your critique will be in tomorrow ;-) Thank you so much.

Posted by: Amanda on November 21, 2004 05:57 PM | Permalink to Comment

Anyone not have a person to switch drafts with yet? If so email me at Dr. Jerz, if everyone has already switched should I critique my own or do someone's who already has a partner????? Should I give them mine also, because they would have to do 2 then????

Posted by: Jennifer Haun on November 25, 2004 03:20 PM | Permalink to Comment
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