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Click here to load your scores in a new window.  Remember that you must enter a metacognitive response to this score and the feedback below — as those instructions indicate, no more than 15-20 minutes, but a focused 15-20 minutes.

You’ll note that I’ve put both classes together in this document to save time and space; note, however, that in an adversarial, you are competing directly against only your immediate classmates.

Use the scores to center yourself around how well you did.  Relatively speaking, a 74 or 78 (the lowest scores, excepting the student who earned the first zero ever awarded) means that you did not answer many questions correctly, either by volunteering or when challenged directly.  Even an 84 or 88 means that you lacked something; perhaps you didn’t augment your scores, and perhaps you simply weren’t keeping up with the assigned work.

Focus your metacognitive journaling especially on how much work you did over your spring break to prepare for the last two days of this adversarial.  Start with this: Did you finish the novel?  Not reading the 30 or so pages given to you is obviously not helping.  On Thursday, how did you do answering questions about the plot?  Look at your copy of the text; if it’s not annotated, you hurt yourself.  On Friday, were you able to contribute to the discussion by continuing to read closely and annotate the Chapter 26?  If you didn’t read or annotate in advance, as you were instructed to do, why was that?


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Brian Dettmer: Book Autopsies

During the week of February 1, you each worked your way through the reading portfolios you’ve compiled over the first semester of this year.  The original guidelines were amended to permit texts from more time periods, and you were given two prefatory assignments (see the appropriate links for 2/1/2010 and 2/3/2010 here), before responding to the following prompt:

Choose one of your portfolio texts.  It may not be a text assigned or made available to you in this classroom (although your final portfolio may include some of those).  In a well reasoned essay, convince your peers to replace one of their texts with yours.  Refer specifically to the three guidelines given with the original assignment, arguing that this text satisfies the portfolio requirements—and that it is worth incorporating.

You responded through the comments under Reading Portfolios: February 1 on our course website’s blog.  Now you will respond to your peers’ comments, choosing a text based on the persuasiveness of these miniature essays.  Instructions after the jump.


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