know a paper will be late, please discuss this with me at least a week before the paper is due in order to have an extended due date considered. Revisions will be welcomed after papers have been graded, especially if you believe you can revise the paper to make it considerably better in its view of the topic discussed. Please check with me first about any revisions you intend to make because just correcting grammar and spelling is NOT making a serious re-write. A hard copy of the paper is due in class on the date specified in our daily schedule. Papers submitted via email will not be accepted unless specifically authorized by me. Required format for written assignments (including homework): Written assignments should conform to the following specifications. You may need to adjust their software settings to adhere to these requirements: Times New Roman or Arial, 12 point Margins: 1 inch, left and right, top and bottom Justification: left margin only Line spacing: double-spaced. Print: dark, and on one side of the page Graphics: in an appendix only Documentation: MLA or APA style Word count at the end of the paper (does not include any works cited information) See pages 436-440 in Hacker’s A Writer’s Reference for a model. If your require a word processing program, you may download a free package at which can include a language pack to assist you. It is compatible with Microsoft and includes spread sheets, power points, etc. It is completely free and will save you from using odd programs whose papers will not open on conventional software. Check it out. If you print your papers in the library, the printers there do print on both sides of the page to save paper. That is an acceptable alternative if you do not own a printer of your own. Please plan ahead for printing your papers. There can be lines at these machines which, if you wait until the last minute, can make you very late for class – and risk being marked absent. We will perform peer review for each paper, which means within your work group you will exchange papers with three – four readers who will then comment on your draft. There are only two questions to answer for this review: (1) list three things that you really like about the draft; then (2) list three things that you believe need to be worked on for clarity of thought and expression. In passing, if you note grammar and spelling problems, you may make note of them by underlining or circling them, but they are not the focus of the review. After you have written these six items down, you will then relate them verbally to the writer in complete declarative sentences. To simply say it’s good is no help to anyone, least of all the writer – who may already think the paper is fantastic! The verbal comments are the ones that are most helpful. To receive credit for peer review, there is a form in Blackboard with four questions that you must fill out, with complete sentences, and then attach to your final version when you turn it in
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