28 Jan. 2018: Urgent Reminders for our RD1 Peer Evaluation Process (Due Jan. 30)


Photo/Video bonus requirements for RD1/FD1: If you inserted a photo(s) or video(s) in your RD1 to earn bonus points, be sure to carefully review the guidelines. If, for example, you haven’t added a byline and date taken, do so before 8:00 AM Monday, Jan. 29. Also remember that the photo/video must be your own work and included in both the RD and the FD.

The URL for your RD1 must be accurate!  If the URL is incorrect and we, your classmates and I, cannot access your RD1, you won’t receive credit for it (up to 50 points). For all practical purposes, if we can’t read it, then you haven’t done it. Thus, be sure to triple check it by logging in after you’ve logged out of your blog and your WordPress account. This is the only way to ensure that others will be able to access your draft via the URL you’ve posted. For more information, review the guidelines on how to get the correct URL.

The RD Peer Review Process is the heart of this course: We’ll be applying it to papers 1 – 4. You’ll be earning up to 50 points for each of the four RD sessions. That’s 200 points or 20% of your course grade. I’ll be using guidelines to determine your score. Review them. In your peer reviews, apply the rules, especially these six: (1) Don’t simply repeat what others have already said. You must provide feedback that’s new or different. (2) Your feedback must be accurate and relevant. Don’t invent your own or rely on rubrics from other courses. (3) Your feedback must address critical requirements in the assignment guidelines. Do not provide sentence- or word-level edits when important assignment criteria are missing. (4) Post/submit your reviews as directed by the deadline. Reviews submitted after the deadline won’t be of much use to the writer — defeating the purpose of this exercise. (5) If the writer has failed to set up her/his blog to permit easy commenting, email her about this problem and let her know that you’ve posted your review in the Laulima forum for submitting the three RD evaluations. (6) Don’t use the entire checklist of requirements as your feedback. The checklist is a guide. You need to determine which item or items to spotlight in your review. If a classmate dumps the entire checklist in her comment, do her a favor and warn her via email. Finally, if you fully understand and apply this process to your classmates’ drafts, you’ll naturally apply it to your own, making you a competent editor of your own papers. And this is an important goal of this course

My FD1 Report: After the FD submission deadline, I’ll be reading and evaluating your FD. I’ll be emailing my report via your UH mail account. To speed up the review process, I’ll be assigning four subscores that are tied to a table. This score-table combination will provide feedback in four key areas: assignment (40%), mechanics (30%), MLA/quoting (20%), and form/process (10%). Each subscore will rate your performance in terms of a letter grade, providing insights into what you need to work on. For example, an assignment score between 32 and 40 translates to an A in meeting assignment requirements. For further explanations, see Scores & Grades in our syllabus. For your first FD, I’ll also be providing a list of problems (mostly mechanics) that you need to address. The items in this list will usually include links to explanations and solutions. Click them. For subsequent drafts, be sure to refer to this list in your self-review. A steady elimination or reduction of these problems will constitute progress. The rate or speed of my FD1 reports will be determined by the quality of FDs submitted. Poorly written drafts will take up an enormous amount of my time — up to three to five times longer than drafts that have been carefully written. I’ll be pointing out careless problems such as typos, spelling, agreement, word choice, comma, case, etc. — problems that a careful review could have drastically reduced. Too many of these drafts in a class will mean a longer delay for my reports. To help to speed returns, be sure to remind classmates to carefully review their RDs for careless errors. If all three reviewers voice this concern the writer will, hopefully, get the message and submit a clean FD.

As always, don’t hesitate to email me ( if you have any questions. I monitor my UH email 16/7.

Aloha and best wishes in the RD1 review process.


 26 Jan. 2018: Last minute reminders for our RD1 submission


Our RD1 is due at midnight (11:55 PM) tonight. Email me your WordPress password If you’re having problems:

  • Posting your RD1 in your blog (email your draft to me, too)
  • Formatting your RD1 in your blog
  • Copying the correct URL for your RD1
  • Posting the URL in the Laulima forum for submitting it
  • Adjusting the settings for your blog

For catching basic spelling and grammar errors, I strongly recommend adding the Grammarly ( app to your computer. It works very well.

Double check the accuracy of the URL that you post. Before posting it in our Laulima forum, paste it into the address bar of your browser to see if it takes you to the draft. The most accurate URL appears in the address bar of your blog when you click on the title of the draft to read or review it. The least accurate, when you copy the URL while in the dashboard or administrative mode.

Best wishes for a successful review draft submission.


 24 Jan. 2018: Extra Credit: Share an Essay About Your January 13 Experience

For details, click here. There are deadlines for submissions and opportunities to earn quite a few bonus points.

 18 Jan. 2018: Deadline Reminders via Tweets

Good morning. I often tweet reminders of deadlines. If you have a Twitter account, subscribe to my tweets (@jimkcc). If you don’t have an account, you can read my tweets at Live tweets are also embedded in our course WordPress site. Look for them in the right sidebar. -Jim

 8 Jan. 2018: Aloha and Welcome!

Aloha and welcome to English 200 (33310 & 33311)!

If you haven’t yet, please log in to our Laulima class site. (You can also log in to our class website, which is our master schedule.)

To get started in Laulima, click on “Paper 1 Schedule” in the left sidebar. You’ll find a schedule for all the activities associated with our first paper. It covers roughly four weeks, from Jan. 8 to Feb. 5. Each of the schedules below this covers the remainder of the semester. In the schedule, click on the links for each activity for more information and guidelines.

To review the syllabus, click “Syllabus” in the left sidebar.

Don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions. I monitor my email 16/7 and will usually respond within 2-8 hours –

I’m looking forward to working with you and getting to know you this semester.