Remember the kid who decided to do a different exercise than the one I assigned? I turned his ungraded paper back to him yesterday with the note on it explaining why he got no credit (he only got it yesterday because that was the first time I’ve seen him since the assignment was due). He sent me this email last night:
I answer the assignment on a speech I’m more comfortable with. The specific statements that will help me improve in building many passionate public speaking challanges.
The reason I did not chose Obama’s speech is based on his views of policy not that he has black skin or based of creed. I don’t discriminate and would like to go over this papers subject mater in more depth. I made clear views and also learn on organizational method to improve my deliverance that is within a speech. I explain very clear and thoughtful ways in building a verbal understating on not just Obamas speech but as well many others from all kinds of differant backgrounds.
Thank you for your time I will review the visual speech many times until it’s preferred understanding the class audience and what they find important.
We’ve got two weeks left and I’ve seen no improvement in this kid’s written or verbal communication skills. He’s not going to pass the class.