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The Concretes Checklist

This checklist focuses on nuts and bolts and is meant to complement the more substantive FYW course goals documents elsewhere on this website, such as the English 1010 & 1011 Course Description.

Over the course of the semester, you must:

  • For each draft of a major essay, guide students through substantial revisions.
    for each major draft, using class workshops, individual conference, writing group conferences, peer conferencing, or other model.
  • Assign the type and amount of reading appropriate to the course goals. For one-semester courses, this is usually no more than 300 pages of reading. Most instructors assign far less reading in order to keep the focus on the students’ own writing.
  • Include an explicit Information Literacy component in at least one written assignment (often but not always one of the four major projects). For Storrs instructors, schedule at least one session in the Homer Babbidge Library for an Information Literacy session with support from one of the librarians (the Undergraduate Research Classroom in Homer Babbidge is set aside specifically for this). Sign up for this session online by the end of the fourth week of classes.
    • Log in to the online scheduling system: http://virtualems.sa.uconn.edu/
    • Under reservations, choose “Reserve the Research Classroom for Engl 1010/1011.” Select the date(s) and times you want and you will be shown when the room is available. Fill out the online form to request the room, and a library staff member will confirm the reservation.
    • If that room is not free, you may use the Browse menu to see if other rooms are available. You can ask for permission to use the rooms by emailing infolit@uconn.edu.
  • Include opportunities for reflection on the work done (could be a stand-alone assignment or could be built into other assignments).
  • Ask that at least one cycle of drafts and final essays be submitted via HuskyCT or comparable course management software (e.g., Google Classroom).
  • Regularly engage with student writing during class time.
  • Provide written assignment guidelines for each writing assignment.
  • Provide written feedback for each student essay.
  • Assign a letter grade for each revised major essay. (Grades should not be provided for drafts.)
  • Schedule and attend at least one office hour per course per week.
  • Offer some kind of course evaluation opportunity at midterm time (can be informal).
  • Ask students to evaluate your course in the last week or so of classes. You and your students will get a link for course evaluations toward the end of the semester, so they can complete them online. Plan evaluations into class time during the last week of the semester, since students are more likely to complete evaluations in class than when left to do so on their own outside of class.
  • Distribute and discuss ethical scholarship documents during the work cycle for the first essay. (Hardcopies are available in the FYW office and electronic copies are available.)
  • Assign at least 30 pages (8500-9000 words) of revised, polished prose, (usually) over the course of four major projects.
  • Keep in mind that students cannot pass this course without submitting all major assignments.

 

 In the first week or so of class, you should:

  • Not allow students to overenroll in your course. 1010/1011 courses at the Storrs campus are capped at 22 (17 for English 1004, 15 for English 1003), and the FYW program simply does not allow students to overenroll. Direct students to the FYW office if they have questions after you tell them you can’t overenroll them. Do NOT, under any circumstances, give out permission numbers to students.
  • Administer and evaluate an in-class writing assessment on the first day your class meets. Come talk to us in FYW if you notice any anomalies or have any questions. This is the final check on whether or not your students have been placed in the appropriate FYW course.

 

Throughout the semester, submit required documents and information to FYW and UConn:

  • Submit your syllabus electronically in the first week of classes. Upload it to your folder in the FYW HuskyCT site and give it an appropriate and clear file name. For example: “Carminati-1010-29-syllabus.docx.”
  • After creating each major assignment, upload it to your folder in the FYW HuskyCT site and give it an appropriate and clear file name. For example: “Book-1010-29-assignment1.docx.”
  • Submit DFUN grades by Friday, February 24. (Instructions will be sent in the digest.)
  • After grading your second paper, submit midterm grades to the FYW office and notify your students of these grades. Email a .docx or .xlsx file to lori.nelson@uconn.edu, using a title that includes your name, class/section number, and type of file. For example: “Wright-1010-29-grades.docx.” Send these no later than the last working day of March.
  • Choose at least one student paper to submit for the AETNA award. Submission forms are available online.
  • Post final grades on PeopleSoft by 4 p.m. on the Tuesday after exam week (May 9).