#5: Final Exam

The final exam for this course will work as extra credit that can add 2 points to your Oral Presentation grade

  • The exam is an optional assignment. 
  • The exam is a take-home, online assignment due by the end of your exam period.
  • The exam will take you 15 to 30 minutes to complete.

Final Exams Deadlines
CRN #92945 (8:00 MWF section): Due by 3:05 PM on Monday, December 16, 2013
CRN #92911 (9:05 MW section): Due by 3:05 PM on Thursday, December 19, 2013

Note that the exam will remain open until the last day of finals, but your exam must be in by the end of your exam period. There are no extensions and no grace periods for the final exam. We will not meet in the classroom during the exam period. If you need to contact me during exam week, please email me.

The Assignment
I've written some Advice for Next Semester that I hope will help you as you move on to English 1106. It's a list of tips that I hope you will keep in mind as you meet and work with your next teacher. 

After you look at that list, I'd like you to think about the advice that you would give someone who was going to be in a first-year composition course that I was teaching.  The advice might be about general classroom etiquette, about communications with the teacher, or about writing. It simply needs to be advice that you would give someone whom I was teaching first-year composition.

Once you identify some advice you'd like to share, I want you to choose one piece of advice and write a short persuasive paragraph that I could share with students in the future. That paragraph should incorporate the strategies that we have talked about in class. In particular, I'll be looking for the following:

  • Start with an attention-grabbing hook. Make the first sentence count!
  • Explain some background in a sentence or two.
  • Use at least one rhetorical appeal to persuade those students to follow your advice. You can use ethos, pathos, or logos. You do NOT have to use all three.
  • Conclude with a sentence or two that wows readers by explaining the answer to the question "so what?" and/or inspires them to follow your advice.

Your advice should be just one short, well-written paragraph, with a sentence or two for each bullet point. You can add images (like my meme e-card) if you like. Your audience is another first-year student. Be sure that you check your paragraph carefully and correct any errors in grammar, punctuation, or spelling.

You can earn up to 2 points that will be added to the grade you received for your Oral Presentation. I emphasize the word earn. You have to choose a piece of advice that makes sense, and your paragraph must address each of the bullet points listed above, and the text needs to meet the standards of academic correctness. You will not automatically receive credit for just turning something in. What you turn in must be strong, well-written advice to get full credit. 

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