COVER LETTER FOR REWRITES
When a student’s essay is eligible for a rewrite, he or she must submit it no later than one week from when the instructor returns the essay to the student through the respective essay link. The student has until 11:59 p.m. on that day, and he or she must submit the rewrite with a cover letter. No rewrite will be accepted via e-mail or without the cover letter. The purpose of the cover letter is to give the student an opportunity to state and to reflect on the revisions that have been incorporated in the rewrite. Although ungraded by itself, it is important to avoid grammatical and stylistic errors as well as to provide specifics about the revisions, as it shows the instructor that the student is aware of the revisions and the purpose of them in the rewrite. The instructor reserves the right not to accept a rewrite if the cover letter does not demonstrate a sincere effort in preparation. The cover letter must be typed and single-spaced with paragraphs but no indentations. (Double-spacing between the paragraphs—similar to this document—is to substitute for the indentations.) Like out-of-class essays, it should be in a 12-point font size in Arial or Times New Roman with one-inch margins. The cover letter should be no more than one page. The amount of points a student’s essay grade can increase from a rewrite is not restricted (e.g. a student who earned 78 of the 100 points on an essay could theoretically earn 92 of the 100 points for the rewrite). However, students who incorporate revisions relating to content and organization into their rewrites usually see the biggest increase in their essay grades. If a student’s rewrite does not have any clear improvements, the essay grade will not change; if it has features that weaken the essay, the essay grade will not decrease. This cover letter details the revisions I have made in this rewrite. Attached to this cover letter is the rewrite itself. As you will see in the rewrite, I...
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