This is a very nice letter and I always welcome letters when someone is concerned about something. Let me reply below in bold. emotional tone - praising, accepting. deferring to you ("let me"). i'm getting rid of the rest of her comments to focus on the tone in what you said, but i just want to point out that she's kind of maintained this friendly emotional tone throughout, even though she is firm about not bending to your requests.
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respect I very much disagree with your decision to give me a B in your class. I am not going to attempt to go into some sob story about what this semester was like for me reads: this was a very hard semester
but I would like to highlight a couple of key points. sounds haughty... as if you're teaching. "key points" as if you have the answers to a problem.
I feel that I took the time to respond respectfully to all of your questions for every assignment submitted. I did not simply fly kind of emotional - "simply fly". reads as disdain towards implied others who have simply flown.
my way through this class, but took the time and effort to come up with what I believed were the most correct answers possible. Your decision to grade my post on the Communicating in Relationships (pertaining to culture) assignment as a 17/35 was surprising to me. I understand this was one of the only assignments where I made personal references to the questions asked, but I felt the examples were relevant for the task given. We were actually asked to use personal references. it sounds like you are blaming her for not following her own grading standards, and for not adhering to her word.
That post was also submitted on time, so I don't see lateness as being a factor, and simply do not understand the grade. reads: "i did what i was supposed to. i answered with effort and correctly. i was not late. i don't get it." and that's fine, but it's... well, the way you state this is as if your grades are up for debate.
The second was the Mid-Term exam which I explained to you was due to my financial hardship. I simply could not afford the book reads: it's not my problem i didn't have the book
but I still showed up and thought thoroughly through all of the questions asked. From what I understand, I managed to at least average the class score, while others had the advantage of using the text. "advantage" implying that they had something you deserved but didn't have... that the grounds weren't fair... except, it was your responsibility to get the book. so it comes off as further implication that you deserve the highest grade despite not fulfilling your responsibility to get the book.
The third point was "was" seems like an odd phrasing to me here. it's like you've already gone through and made this case and decided these points - you're not really aligning yourself with the prof in asking her to reconsider, but instead arguing against her.
that the only assignment I did not submit was the Non-Verbal assignment. I tried to explain to you accusatory, somewhat desperate
that this assignment was not solely about my own ability to complete it. It required a partner, and time taken out of business hours. First of all sounds snarky/with attitude
, I don't have friends I can call favors on. reads: this assignment was a hardship and more than most normal people can handle
Most of them are very busy, and I myself, work full time, am a single mother of a four year old boy, and outside of campus class time, usually work on my assignments after 10pm at night. reads: "you're expecting me to do unreasonable things for the course that i don't have time or the ability for"... essentially your professor asked unreasonable things that you just don't have time for because your life is real and hard. more and more this letter is sounding like you expect the course/prof to meet your requirements, instead of vice versa.
While most people would have tried to bull harsh word
their way through the assignment, and some told me they did, I respect my writing, assignments, and professors enough to not submit dishonest work. Had the assignment solely relied on my ability to complete it, the issue would have been different. That shows good character. Classes will always have cheaters. They lose in the long run though. "i am moral, therefore i deserve a better grade. implications that other students are not so moral and yet the prof grades them better - fault of the professor."
Aside from these three points, I do feel that I attended the class with an above average level of dedication. I took time to learn the material, and produce my best work possible. Aside from my son needing me or being sick, I was in class, and volunteered for almost every class related project. This was due to genuine interest in the class content, and the desire to incorporate the material into my real world experience. i did a good job, except when it was hard to.
This is the first e-mail I have ever written in regards to my grades, and honestly feel (especially due to the level of work submitted by others in class) that this grade was unjustified. i got a B+ despite not having the textbook, and not always showing up to class, but i don't think it's fair because i put in as much effort as i thought i reasonably could.
I ask you to respectfully re-review my assignments, and your decisions toward the value they were graded upon. which... she did, as much as it was reasonably convenient to her to do so, much as you attended her class as much as it was reasonably convenient for you to do so.