There is one more regular class period before the end of the semester. Today, my students were supposed to have brought in drafts for the final section of their research papers, proposals concerning solutions to the problem they have been writing about all semester. Only three students actually had full drafts. To my knowledge, the others had nothing at all, or only other parts of the essay that they were supposed to have brought in earlier. I got only three drafts between the two sections, anyhow.
From those three, two did not do what I asked them to do, providing the criteria they would use to decide which of the two or three solutions they discuss is the best, and organizing the paper as a comparison based on these criteria. Only one did that. The others will have to rewrite. So I was able to tell the students what to do, when they eventually do complete this part of the paper, since the combined essay is due Dec. 15 and 17, for the two sections (the first date for the first, the second for the 2nd). I will have a not very pleasant task then.