Final Essay Instructions

Your final essay is due on Monday, December 18 at the time your class starts (4:00 or 5:30 PM).

For full credit on the essay, you must turn in your final essay along with a typed letter in response to my letter with suggestions to revision. Tell me what changes you made or did not make, based on my suggestions and/or your own assessment.

You can turn the essay in:

  • on Blackboard
  • in my mailbox (in N651, which is the Social Sciences department- open 9:00-5:00)
  • in my office, on the 18th. I will be in my office from 4:00-6:00 PM.

for Monday, December 11 (our LAST in-person class)

We are almost at the end of the semester! Monday, December 11 is our last class.

On Monday, 12/11:

*You will turn in your exam (available on the course website under Assignments) on Blackboard or in hard copy by the start time of class. No late exams will be accepted.

*I will return your essays to you with comments and suggestions for revision. The final essay is due back to me on December 18, at the start time of your class. No late essays will be accepted.

*We will do an end-of-semester reflection in class.

*Please fill out the BMCC evaluation for this class. You can find it here: TINYURL.COM/BMCCEVAL

If your class gets up to a 90% response rate– which is very possible, and most of my classes do get to this rate– I will give everyone an extra credit point on their final grade.

*OPTIONAL: I will bring cards that you can fill out/sign to send to Bresha Meadows, Ky Peterson or other criminalized survivors in prison. I will take the cards and stamp/mail them after class.

End-of-semester schedule (reminders)

We are nearing the end of the semester + it is important that you keep track of all assignments and deadlines:

Wednesday, November 29
DUE: Draft of your final essay (#5) (hard copy) so that you can participate in an in-class peer review. Remember that participating in this peer review counts towards your grade on your essay.

Monday, December 4
DUE: Final essay (#5) draft.
DUE (optional): Any revised essays (Essays 1-4) that you want me to read. Remember that any revisions must be accompanied by the original essay and a paragraph that indicates the changes you made to your essay.
HANDOUT: Your take-home exam will be available to you on this date, due a week later.

Wednesday, December 6
READ: a piece by Angela Davis + one by Alicia Garza
DUE: Reading Worksheet #12 (the last reading worksheet!)

Monday, December 11 [LAST DAY OF CLASS]
DUE: Take-Home Exam #2. No late exams will be accepted.
HANDOUT: I will return your final essay drafts to you with comments and suggestions for revision.

Monday, December 18
DUE: Final revised essay— you must turn in the original essay and the revised essay, along with a paragraph that explains the changes you made. You can turn the essay in on Blackboard or in my mailbox or drop it off in my office– if you choose the Blackboard option, you will still need to drop off the original essay with comments to me before the due date/time.

Blackboard problem…

hi there,

I have not been able to get into Blackboard (due to a service interruption) and therefore, the Folder for Essay #4 just became available to you.

If you were planning to turn your essay in on Blackboard: I will extend the deadline to MIDNIGHT tonight, so you can upload your essay after class (in case this folder delay affected you).

If you are turning in a hard copy, please bring it to class as you planned.

See you later.

Professor Munshi

Reminders for next week:

Monday 11/20:

  • ESSAY # 4 due (instructions are under “Assignments” on the site)
  • No new reading
  • I will give out instructions for your final essay

Wednesday 11/22:

  • NO CLASS– use this time to work on your essays.


(and the next week):

Monday 11/27:

  • Reading: Mogul, et al. (on site under Course Materials)
  • Reading Worksheet #11 will be done in class


Wednesday 11/29:



from BMCC’s counseling center…

Dear Faculty and Staff,

The BMCC Counseling Center is available to provide support for those who were directly or indirectly impacted by the incident that recently occurred near our campus.

ALL members of the College community are invited to attend one of our group check-in sessions today, Wednesday, November 1, from 3 to 4 p.m. in N471 and 5 to 6 p.m. in S632. Staff members of the Counseling Center will be available to discuss concerns, reactions and how you are coping.

In situations such as this, it is not uncommon for people to feel aftereffects of the traumatic event. The signs that you are impacted may emerge immediately following the incident or weeks later. Your reaction may be related to the current event or experiences in your past.

Signs may include:

  • Repetitive or intrusive thoughts of the incident
  • Avoiding the campus out of fear
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Overeating or loss of appetite
  • Difficulty concentrating

If you experience any of the above, it is important to engage in self-care practices such as:

  • Talking to a trusted friend or loved one;
  • Engaging in pleasurable activities such as exercise, listening to music, going for a walk or journaling;
  • Participating in spiritual or religious activities such as prayer or meditation or attending services;
  • Taking a break from social media and the news.

If you are unable to attend one of the group sessions but are in need of support, we encourage students to visit the Counseling Center in S343 for a priority appointment. Walk-in appointments are available Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You may also schedule an appointment by calling 212-220-8140. Please make sure to let us know that you need a priority appointment.

Faculty and staff can contact the CUNY Employee Assistance Program – Deer Oaks (via email at or via phone: 855-492-3633). Employees can access EAP service 24/7; services are free of charge, and all inquiries are kept confidential.

For 24-hour access to a crisis counselor, please call: 1-888-NYC-Well (1-888-692-9355) or text “WELL” to 65173.

The Counseling Center