FINAL EXAM

This website serves both of the EN091 classes, so your exam times will, obviously, be different. Your exams will also be different since they are given at different times and on different days. However, the rules for both are the same:

  • I will not administer any final exams early.
  • I will not reschedule any final exam.
  • You must take your exam with your class, not with the other class.
  • If you are unable to log on to the computers when the exam begins, you will need to resolve the situation as soon as possible, and you will not be permitted any additional time for the exam. The only exception to this is if the network is down or malfunctioning. Please check your log in account prior to your final to make sure that it is working.

If you have any questions or foresee any problems, the time to discuss those with me is this week, not next week. I will not be holding regular office hours next week, and I will be giving four exams. Any meeting with me next week will need to be officially scheduled. 

Your final exam composite score (Grammar Final = Written Final) is worth 15% of your grade. In the portal, you will see that the exam has been broken down into two grades. The Grammar Final is worth 5% of your overall grade since it is 1/3 of the exam grade. The Written Final is worth 10% of your overall grade since it is worth 2/3 of the exam grade.

Grades must be submitted by noon on Friday. If you want to know if I have graded your exam yet, please check the grade entry in portal for each exam. When each exam has been graded, it will be entered into portal. If both exam grades have been entered, then the grade in portal is your final grade for the course. 

Writing a Conclusion

Writing concluding paragraphs is difficult for many reasons, but most people worry about repeating themselves. Think about it this way: you are summarizing your thoughts and the events that you have just talked about, not repeating them. It may seem ridiculous to have to remind the reader of what you just said, but imagine if this was a 25-page report…you need a conclusion that wraps everything up for your readers who will absolutely not remember what you said on page 5. This is a way to practice your summarizing techniques.  I would like for your conclusion to contain or refer to the following elements:

  • Your thesis, restated. That means written differently. Do not copy and paste your thesis. Think about how you have demonstrated your thesis, and reword it. Use different words, but make the same point.
  • The major feelings, concerns, or lessons attached to your experience of the event. You need to remind your readers of the really important things about your essay. If you had to reduce your entire essay to one paragraph, this would be that paragraph. Remind your readers of the important parts.
  • Talk about your future plans. And when you talk about them, elaborate. Don’t just say that you plan to be a forensic pathologist (again); explain what such a job might mean to you or to others. How might you in your position help your community?

This is your last chance to remind your readers of your argument (thesis), main ideas, and future plans. Use strong words, be confident, and be convincing.

How Your Essays Will Be Graded

As I mentioned in class, your essay grade (for the Narrative Essay and the Expository Essay) will not only include the quality of the final draft, it will also include the daily process work. Remember: if I receive no work from you apart from the final essay, the highest grade you can receive will be a 50.

The reason why I am taking this approach is threefold:

  1. it will encourage you not to skip class since every day has a writing assignment built into it, and missing class means that you won’t be able to print off any writing for that day (which is a part of the overall grade)
  2. it will reinforce the importance of the writing process and require you to focus on writing daily as part of the development of the essay itself
  3. it will not permit you to wait until the last minute to write your essay — procrastinating is a technique that generally does not result in solid writing

If you miss class for a school-activity-related reason, I will expect you to look at the Unit III Syllabus, see what the writing assignment is for that day, and email the material to me BEFORE your next appearance in class. If you email me before you leave (as you should), I will send the handouts that we will be using on the class day that you miss so you won’t be behind.

If you do not do the things mentioned above, your essay grade will be affected. 

Narrative Essay Outline

The best way to begin writing is to structure your ideas in outline form.

I. Introductory paragraph:
(Should give background information that helps the audience understand your educational background/your attitude towards education)
Thesis – should be the last sentence of your introduction

II. Body paragraph 1:
(Should be a chronological description of the events leading up to the educational moment mentioned in your thesis)

III Body paragraph 2:
(Should be a chronological description of the event itself and the events immediately following the moment mentioned in your thesis)

IV. Body paragraph 3:
(Should explain how this event changed how you got to where you are now)

V. Conclusion:
(Should restate the thesis and remind the reader of its importance. Can also include plans for the future)
Restated thesis should be the first sentence of your conclusion

Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement Reminder

As almost all of you are mentioning at least one restaurant in your Contrast Paragraph, remember that a restaurant is a COLLECTIVE NOUN.

Collective nouns are always singular, so ALL PRONOUNS REFERRING TO THE RESTAURANT NEED TO BE SINGULAR.

That means that a restaurant is an IT and IT has ITS menu and ITS food.

Make sure that you are proofreading for this form of agreement.

 

The Essence of Narrative

Each of these narratives focuses on a short event or moment that was significant to the storyteller. As we discussed, there is a huge difference between spoken and formal, written English, so these are obviously more informal than your writing will be. They do an excellent job, however, of illustrating the narration of something important.

As you watch this narrative, think about how the elements that the narrator included  help make the story clearer to you.

With this story, think about perspective. How is Julio’s story different from the story that the mugger might tell?

This narrative has a very clear chronological order. He talks about what happened, and then he talks about his feelings and anxieties that resulted from it. Remember the details that he uses to make the story more interesting.

The selection of events is important in this narrative because the speaker tells you what she remembers as being most important. The details and events that she talks about all emphasize her point — that she had to fight to get registered to vote because of her color.

This story gives a clear example of an overarching topic, so keep that in mind as you watch it.

Finally, remember this narrator’s use of details to create an idea of her life — how she chooses small details to illustrate the hardships she grew up with.

Attendance Policy, Mobile Devices, and Computer Use

I want to emphasize the mobile-device policy and internet-use policy in EN091. If I see your phone, I will assume it is in use, and you will be counted absent for the day. In addition, all daily grades during that class will be marked as 0. Similar actions will be taken for students with non-phone mobile devices.

I also want to emphasize the policy regarding the use of personal computers as well as the classroom computers.

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