How do you know what your Midterm Grade is?

I am calculating your midterm grades by adding up your grades in the following columns from Moodle:

1. Essay 1 Rough Draft –

(50 pts. for the peer review + 50 pts. for your Rough Draft = 100 pts.)

2. Essay 1 Final Draft – (100 pts.)

3. Essay 2 Rough Draft –

(50 pts. for the peer review + 50 pts. for your Rough Draft = 100 pts.)

4. Essay 2 Final Draft – (100 pts.)

5. Midterm Examination – (100 pts.)

TOTAL – 500 pts.

Take your point total out of 500 and divide it by 5 to equal your midterm grade as I will record it via MyClaflin on Wednesday, March 13.

Midterm Examination

Using the reading of Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics Ch. 1, I want you to write a 3-5 paragraph (using a blue book), summary and analysis of reading.

You need to:

  1. Make sure you have 3-5 paragraphs

  2. Provide a summary of the reading, including at least 1 quotation

  3. Provide an analysis of the reading, including at least 1 quotation – you can choose to focus on whatever you want to in terms of analysis, but this should go beyond a simple summary.

  4. Finally, evaluate the reading based on how well you think McCloud has or has not convinced you that there is more to comics than you might have previously thought.

Midterm Conferences

Here are the time slots that are taken, you need to email me and select a time slot for next week to come and meet with me. There will be NO Class next week, just meeting with me.

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Essay 2: Peer Review


For this essay you want to look closely at the following:

  1. Is there strong thesis statement, one that clearly indicates that this is an analytical essay

  2. Is there a good summary? Can you clearly understand what the comic book in question was about?

  3. Is there a strong analysis? Is the analysis going deeper into understanding the comic book? Is it, and the summary, in balance (roughly 3 paragraphs each)?

  4. Does the summary and analysis sections have quotations from the text?

  5. Are any summaries properly cited?

  6. Is there, following the analysis, an evaluation or judgment of the comic book based on a spelled out criteria.

  7. Is there a separate works cited page and works cited entry for the comic book?

– Check also for grammar and other proofing errors as well.

– Provide any constructive feedback you may wish to impart.