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Professor Stone is great and all, but his class is not easy. He even tells his students that if they want an "easy A" that English Composition 3 with him is not the way to go. However, the only reason that this class isn't easy is his grading. It's unclear in what exactly it is he is looking for in a paper. He wants unique points of views of the stories he has you read, but he doesn't want you to deviate away from the story. The class consists of 2-3 papers and that is where a majority of your grade comes from and it's hard to get anything above a B+ on his paper. He even says that it is because most students don't write about "what he is looking for." The grading is immensely subjective and his revisions are so vague and sometimes even contradictory. I went as far as going to the Undergraduate Writing Center to raise my last paper to an A and even they didn't understand some of the revision comments and what exactly I could do to change the paper and give him what he was looking for.
Overall though, I enjoyed the class! I just wish there was more direction in how to go about bettering the papers he had us write. I am selling the book "The Classic Fairy Tales" by Maria Tatar Second Norton Critical Edition for $10 is anyone is looking to buy it. It is a little worn from the front cover, but the book remains very much so intact. Email me @email@example.com if you are interested.
This professor was a cool guy, he had a lot of jokes but overall he was extremely boring. I found it hard to stay awake in class. You have 3 essays but these essays are challenging. He is a really tough grader as well. I went into this class thinking I was a decent writer but apparently not. Unless you are going to be an English major I recommend to pick a different EC3 teacher. Do not make the mistake I did and put yourself through unnecessary stress.
The class is a lot of work, but has good payoff as the tasks effectively help create interest difficult/initially boring texts. He fosters a collaborative classroom environment, and the discussions that happen in class are super helpful to understand/articulate ideas better. He also provides great feedback/guiding questions on rough drafts and through office hours
Professor Stone is definitely a tough grader, but he will make your writing improve!
It's not an easy A, but the reading is really interesting and like I said, your writing level will jump to the college level. Great class to take with wonderful discussions. Will definitely help you in your future college writing classes!
If you're taking this class with the mindset of getting an A without working for it, then this isn't the class for you. The theme of this course is fairy tales and you'll be writing 3 essays about the structures or analysis about fairy tales. Honestly, there isn't that much work besides the essays and some readings here and there. However, you have to work and revise your essays if you want anything around an A. I kinda regret not starting early on my essays and constantly revising them because I'm pretty sure I could have gotten a better grade on all 3 essays. Don't just blindly pick into this class though. Try and look for certain themes from other classes that might appeal more to you. Overall, the workload for this course is not that much but perfecting your writing will take time and effort.
Bruce Stone will really guide you towards becoming a better writer. The work load is manageable and at times very minimal, so the main aim is to understand what good writing looks like and sounds like. He is more than a fair grader. The grade may not be as flexible as the other professors in terms that you have three assignments , but he makes up for that with meetings before submitting the paper where he gives in very useful feedback. Likewise the grading is not as strict because he understands the constrains, at least for the first assignment. TAKE A CLASS WITH HIM. You will not regret it, just put an effort and start working on your assignments early, go to writing center and revise like crazy. Once you are done you will feel the difference.
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As a person, Mr. Stone has a stellar personality. He engages the class well and does a great job with keeping you interested!
The only thing negative to say is his grading. If you are looking for an A or an easy class, then stay away. Mr. Stone is completely subjective when it comes to grading and he barely gives you any guide on how to how to obtain a certain grade. For a Writing II course, he barely provides any feedback on how to improve as a writer and gives you one chance on each paper to improve. Even if you make every little change he suggests, he will continue to subjectively grade the paper and find other things to bash that he chose not to tell you on the first draft.
The material was interesting itself but the class would have been more enjoyable if his grading was not so random and subjective.
To be honest, he is a good teacher but as grading NO NO NO! do not take his class. Do not fool by the bruinwalk!!! LOOK!!! there is only 4 rate and the first rating guy gave him all full scores!! Indeed he gave you many suggestion in the conference but, look, in his syllabus he wrote" A: outstanding, B: excellent"! Come on!!!! I'm already excellent and you gave me a B???? Yes!! If the teacher has already think B is a good enough score, maybe the guys who can get an A in his class could be the next Hemingway or Fitzgerald. But wait! I am only a math major student and took his course only because the school makes me to do so! Well, the most common word in his conference is just like "Well, Dav, you have an amazing thought and the paper is brilliant, I will give you a B!" LOL. If you really takes his course, be straightforward and ask "WHAT SHOULD I DO TO GET AN AAAAAAA!" Otherwise he may well feel that you did a great job and ends up with a B-. hmmmm, good job man.