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DUE DATE FOR SELF-EVALUATION ESSAY: Monday Night, 6PM, July 26th (early upload okay on July 25)

Step 1: The Self-Evaluation Form:

Self-Eval NEWEST SUM20 English1A.docx

Self-Eval NEWEST SUM20 English1A.pdf

What I recommend is simply

Start Your Self-Evaluation essay with an MLA formatted page.
Title: My Self-Evaluation
Then, begin on page 1 (below the title) with a list of the 7 CATEGORIES, and include the Grade you are arguing for and your COUNTERPOINT Grade.

Here is a hypothetical example:

Centered TITLE: My Self-Evaluation

1. Readings: “2” (All readings from day 1 to Week 6 Assignment #1)

2. Turning in Work: “3” (This is ALL SIX WEEKS for Week 1-6) INCLUDE COMMENTS ON YOUR VOCAB LISTS Jan 3-19 & final list Feb 7th.

3. Discussion Board: “4” (Three assignments plus 3 replies all 3 times) Did you do ALL of the work for the discussion boards? I created a detailed list of my own in my grade book….

4. Overall Class Participation: “3” (Remember, I have a TOTAL TIME IN CANVAS for each page, each assignment, every detail of everything in CANVAS.

5. The Big Tech Essay (Both the Feb 3rd and Feb 9th drafts)

6. Grammar/Writing Skills (SWE): “4” (SWE = Standard Written English) How complete is your knowledge of SWE? What does your writing demonstrate? Good? Average? Poor?

7. Referencing Effectively: “3” (Good MLA format for Works Cited, in-essay citing, detailed quotes with paraphrasing; a final Works Cited Page with your Feb 9th Tech Essay?)




This is a sample for English 1B, 16-week semester, but same idea applies to your Summer 2021 English 1A. I have marked the margins, the header (page in upper right corner), 12pt Times New Roman, 24 lines on all the pages.

YOU CAN ALSO READ THIS AND LEARN A POSSIBLE ORGANIZATION for your essay. Finally, this sample class began last Feb 2020 and then the college closed down March 15. So it was a FULL semester, a month face-to-face, then online. Read the sample accordingly. When you do YOUR self-evaluation, you will be using the FORM FOR YOUR CLASS and write according to the 7 categories on your form.

Here is the sample essay from an English 1B. But the basic structure is the same for English 1A:



2. Also, take a few minutes now to READ some Grade Definitions from some esteemed colleges and universities:

Harvard et al. BEST definition of grades-1.docx

Harvard et al. BEST definition of grades-1.pdf

3. Start your essay with your Introduction. Remember: You are writing to me, the judge in your case. Write in FIRST-PERSON “I”….

I will now share with you what you just read in the previous page for “Finalizing English 1A”:

Don’t argue for a “B-” when you already KNOW you will be blessed to get a “C” as your final grade.
Just argue for the “C” and explain why you should NOT get a “D” which will cause you to repeat English 1A.
Come on. Just be HONEST.
If you think you deserve the B+ and not the A-, then write your essay accordingly. Define what a B is, then define what an A is. Use the HARVARD UNIVERSITY definitions and at least ONE MORE university definition, and then explain how you fell into the B category (even a B+ is still in the B category) and not into the A category.

On the other hand, maybe you believe you deserve the A- and not the B+. Again, you are defining what an A is, then what a B is, and then within all the categories on the Self-Evaluation form, you provided numbers (and explanations in your essay) to defend the A and NOT THE B.

YOU HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THE OTHER GRADE. YOU HAVE TO BE FAIR-MINDED. Of course you want the A and believe you have earned it. BUT WHY MIGHT THE JUDGE IN YOUR CASE (aka Mr. Edd) disagree with you? What might support the B instead of the A??? BE HONEST!

The same applies to those of you arguing for a B as opposed to a C.

The same applies to those of you arguing for a C as opposed to a D (and repeating English 1A).

BE HONEST. SERIOUSLY. If you feel you have NOT succeeded in English 1A, then say so. Argue for a D rather than a C or an F. BE HONEST.


Do I think some of your assignments could have been better written?
Did I PROOFREAD ALOUD in ALL of my assignments?
Did I turn in anything late?
Did I RUSH THROUGH an assignment, and then later, when I looked it over, did I see mistakes?
Why should Mr. Edd (Judge Williams; The Honorable Mr. Edd) ignore those writing errors or other writing difficulties???
When I email back, I will either agree with you or not. If I agree, then everybody is happy. Good job. YOU ARE DONE! Congratulations!

But if I DISAGREE, I will tell you why and I will tell you what grade I think you should get in the class.

You then have the option to agree with the alternate grade or not.

If you agree with the alternate grade, then YOU ARE DONE! Congratulations! You do not have to do anything else (unless a missing assignment is still out there that you need to send me; otherwise, you are DONE!)….

But if you do NOT agree with the alternate grade, then go ahead and take my final exam, which is described in the syllabus.

The final exams include a test or tests on Logical Fallacies, Vocabulary Words, Rhetorical Modes, Critical Thinking, and writing problems in Standard Written English (SWE).
It is a TIMED TEST. I give only 3 hours.
It takes place on Wednesday, July 28th, hours TBA.
You take these exams ONLY IF YOU DISAGREE WITH THE FINAL GRADE that I explain in response to your Self-Evaluation Essay.
I will email it to you. You will have no more than 3 hours to complete the test(s) on July 28th.
The exam includes a writing essay on July 29th that will require 5 or more paragraphs and about 850-1000 words
You will email to me the essay exam on July 29th in MLA FORMAT within the 3-hour time period. The essay will be based on a reading(s) given with the exam.
Late tests receive an F.
This test will not be done in canvas. You will be sending it directly to me in my email at
I have been doing this process for over 35 years, and I can attest to the tiny percent of students who have confirmed a higher grade (e.g., B- rather than C+). It has happened, but only a few times in 35+ years. The final exam usually CONFIRMS the grade that I offered (or, in most cases, LOWERS the grade that I offered).

My advice is simple: if I disagree with your self-evaluation, then take a close look at the grade I think you have earned, at the reasons why, and seriously consider accepting the grade rather than taking the final exam. My final exam is NOT easy.

BUT, if you REALLY BELIEVE you can do well on the final test, then take the final and prove me wrong! It is, after all, the END of the class, so the STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (the SLOs in the syllabus) should be what you have achieved, and they should come out in a final exam like this, right?

Of course!

It’s up to you. But at least now you know what you’re deciding. Actually, you have known since Jan 3rd because this information is in the syllabus.


PROOFREAD ALOUD before you send your Self-Evaluation Essay to me.

It would be weird to argue for a B- in an essay filled with obvious errors like missing/wrong words and a few run-on sentences.
And imagine arguing for an A- in an essay with these kinds of errors?!
I would write back and say, I can’t agree with the A-. Indeed, I can’t even agree with the B-. Sorry, but I think the “C” is the appropriate grade for you in English 1A Summer 2021.
It will then be up to you to agree or take the final exams.
FINAL SUGGESTION: BE HONEST. Listen to your HEART. It knows!

DUE DATE FOR SELF-EVALUATION ESSAY: Monday Night, 6PM, July 26th. NO LATE WORK can be submitted.

AND NO LATE SELF-EVALUATION ESSAYS can be uploaded into CANVAS. If you are even one minute late, you must send it to my email directly as an attachment in WORD or in PDF. And the essay will be considered LATE…. So turn it in on-time. Thank you.

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