Welcome to our final week of essay drafting! Normally in our final week I would assign us a round of peer review before submitting our final essay. This semester we are going to forego peer review due to time constraints (and, frankly, mental health purposes). We’ve lost a week of coursework, and my guess is the logistics of remote peer review are just stressful enough not to worry about it. Here’s our schedule instead:
- Wednesday – Goal Setting FlipGrid
- Sunday – Complete your final Argumentative Essay
One of the benefits of peer review for a course like this is it allows you to see sample work and relate that work to our own. If you feel that reading a sample paper would be helpful to you, no worries! We have sample student essays online from prior semesters. There are 7 sample papers below—feel free to browse these to see some examples.
- Ashlyn Senger – “The Great Unequalizer: Education Inequality in America”
- Madaline McCann – “The Health of Nations: Nutritional Disparity of Low-Income American Families”
- Erin Somerville (Honorable Mention, 2018) – “Banning Sexual Orientation Change Efforts Targeting Minors”
- Sherry-Vy Gould (2nd place, 2015) – “Calculators Not Required: The Importance of Intuition in Physics Education”
- Katherine Mendes (3rd place, 2015) – “Racial Issues and Societal Pressures from the White, Affluent Suburbs”
- Shannon Roulet (1st place, 2014) – “Gender Displacement in Contemporary Horror…”
- Ann Lynch (2nd place, 2014) – “Beautiful and Problematic: How American Colleges Fail to Support Queer Students’ Identity Development”
Wednesday – Goal Setting FlipGrid
Wednesday is just about setting practical, reasonable goals for final paper submission. This has been a very tough semester for many of you, and we’re all navigating some unexpected challenges as Virginia deals with a stay-at-home order. It’s okay if your goals are modest. Take a few minutes, check in with us on FlipGrid, and let us know your biggest hopes for this project moving forward. That post is ready here!
Sunday – Complete your final Argumentative Essay
Sunday is simple. Have your final essay ready to go by midnight (11:59pm).
Need support this week?
Don’t forget the Writing Center is still busy taking student appointments! They are taking sessions via Zoom, which is accessible even if you’re only working with a phone. Their hours will be Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm; Friday 9am-6pm; Saturday 12-6pm; and Sunday 10am-4pm.
You can schedule appointments online or by phone (804.828.4851) Monday-Friday from 10am-4pm.