Tuesday, June 1, 2010



Dear Parent or Guardian:

Many students have yet to submit their Final Essay in Biology.

This is very serious, because the assignment is so heavily-weighted that failure to attempt it will almost certainly drop students at least one letter grade and may well lead to failing the course. Please make sure your student attempts this assignment.

Other students have submitted an earlier draft, but (as you might imagine) such drafts are usually not good enough to earn a passing grade the first time through. One of the objectives of this assignment, in fact, is to force students to rewrite. Please encourage your student to take advantage of the opportunity to rewrite, and thus improve their grade.

As you might guess, grading student essays is very time-consuming. As a result, I need to impose a cutoff for final draft submission:

Tuesday, June 8th, 4:00 PM

No drafts will be accepted after this date.

More information about this assignment is available on the class blog here:


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