Grammar Guide

Hello All,

Well, I am kind of getting the impression that no one is coming to class today.  And, as I’ve said to many of you in individual emails, I know it’s the end of the semester and I want to make things easier for everyone.  If that means giving all of you a day off, that’s cool.

We were going to do some grammar review today.  CLICK HERE for a VERY good grammar review from the late Prof. Berkley’s textbook. I STRONGLY suggest you print this out/save this for your future English classes.

DON’T FORGET that grammar does NOT stop counting towards your grade once you all graduate from ENG095.  I may have shared in this in class (so please forgive any repetition), but there was a “success in business” conference here at BMCC a couple of years ago.  One of the presenters apparently took a survey of major employers in the Tri-State area to find out what they valued most in their employees.  The FIRST FIVE responses all had to do with the stuff you learn in English classes – and the VERY FIRST was “employees who can communicate in formal language in written and spoken form.”  This basically means that employers value grammar skills.  My partner, who is an area manager for a pretty big company in this area, has said that any resume/application he gets with even one grammatical error or typo on it gets thrown in the garbage.  He does not say that because he wants to punish people; it is his company’s policy, which is one that is shared by many companies in this country.

I will post a reminder/information about the final exam CATW a little later today.

Best,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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Additional Update

Hello All,

Okay, since my previous message I’ve gotten a bunch of emails from students who DO need to take the final exam CATW asking if they can use this time today to just practice on their own instead of coming to class.  SO…here’s an additional update for today’s class:

  • If you have to take the CATW tomorrow, and would rather use the time today to practice for it than coming to our class, you will not be penalized.  I’m not taking attendance today at all.

Again, I’ll be in our classroom around 3:00 today (probably a little later than 3:00 as I don’t expect many people if any to come by, based on the emails I’ve received) for any students who are taking the CATW tomorrow and want to know how they did on last Thursday’s practice test.  Which brings me to my other update: YOU CAN EMAIL ME FOR THE SCORE YOU RECEIVED ON THE PRACTICE CATW LAST WEEK.

I hope this brings everyone up to date and I’ll continue posting reminders about our end-of-semester class schedule.

Best,
Prof. Jaime Weida
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Change of Plans for Today Mon. 11/8

Hello All,

I have gotten SO MANY emails from students saying that they can’t make it today that I am CHANGING our class plans for today).
IF YOU HAVE ALREADY PASSED THE MIDTERM CATW EXAM, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO COME TO CLASS TODAY.
IF YOU HAVE TO TAKE THE FINAL EXAM CATW, I WILL SEE YOU FOR THE SECOND HALF OF OUR CLASS AROUND 3:00 (SO YOU GET TO COME LATE).
If you get this message, please let your fellow students know!
Best,
Prof. Jaime Weida
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Protest Over Eric Garner Decision in Foley Square TODAY 5:30

Hello All,

I just found out about this; there is a protest going on today (Thurs. 12/4) at 5:30 PM in Foley Square about the Eric Garner decision (the police officer who killed him was not even brought to trial).  Foley Square is about a 10-minute walk from BMCC campus.  Click the image below for more information:

Best,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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Events in Ferguson

Hi All,

CLICK HERE for a very thorough (and frankly upsetting) account of what happened during the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

Best,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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Article From Today’s Class

Hello All,

CLICK HERE for the article we read during today’s (Tues. 12/2) class.

Best,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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Schedule to the End of the Semester

Hello All,

Below is our schedule to the end of the semester.  We also went over this in class today.

Tuesday 12/2:

  • Journals accepted
  • In-class reading and outlining work (continuing with ENG101-level work)

Thursday 12/4:

  • Journals accepted
  • PRACTICE CATW – ONLY students who need to take the final exam CATW should come to class

Monday 12/8:

  • Journals accepted
  • First half of class – grammar review (ALL students need to be there)
  • Second half of class – practice CATW exams returned and Q&A (ONLY students who need to take the final exam CATW have to stay for this part)

Tuesday 12/9:

  • FINAL EXAM CATW IN N451 AT 2:00 – ONLY FOR STUDENTS WHO DID NOT PASS THE MIDTERM CATW
  • Journals accepted

Thursday 12/11:

  • Journals accepted – last day of journal assignment
  • In-class film (for ALL students!)

Monday 12/15:

  • LAST DAY OF CLASS!
  • PIZZA PARTY!
  • Coming to class, eating some pizza, and signing in counts as EXTRA CREDIT towards any missed classes

 

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