ENGL1201 Final Exam, Fall 2019

Purposes for self-assessment

To write a reflection on what you’ve learned in ENGL1201 and ENGL1202 about writing and reading. This reflection will help you articulate your own learning and be part of your ENGL1201 final exam grade.

To help your instructor understand and learn from your perspective on your experiences learning how to read and write in College English I

The final exam has one or two sections, a required self-assessment and an optional section, depending on the instructor

For those instructors not using the new rhetorical-genre curriculum

Section I:  Take-home exam:  self-assessment (50% of final exam grade if your instructor requires Section II)

Your self-assessment assignment is to answer the following question in a coherent essay: How has your relationship with academic writing (college writing) developed over this term?  In drafting your answer consider all the material discussed with regard to writing during the semester.   You may draw upon the Outcomes Statements for First-Year Writing, a set of eleven statements that express what we expect you to have accomplished by the end of your first-year writing experience.  (Some of the statements apply only to ENGL1202–the focus on literature).  Also, you might find it useful to examine a sample student self-assessment.  Finally, the language in the official first-year writing rubric may help you reflect on what academic writing is.

How to write and submit the self-assessment

When you read over your writings, take notes on places where you’ve begun to identify with an academic style of writing or where you see evidence of your development as an academic writer.  In addition, note where you resist identifying as an academic writer or consider what you think are hindrances to or trouble spots in your development as an academic writer.  This preparatory work should help you answer the question most effectively.  Since you will not be including previous drafts with your self-assessment, it will be especially important that you cite specific instances from your drafts.  It will be hard to write a substantive self-assessment in less than three pages.  Your essay will be evaluated as an academic essay, that is, on your ability to draw from a complex set of evidence (your writings and writing experiences), your critical reflection on that evidence, the compelling nature of your thesis, and a coherent organization.  Follow your instructor’s instructions about how to submit this essay.

Note on using “I”: in a self-assessment, it is permissible and advisable to use “I” and other pronouns relating to yourself because you and your own writing are the main subjects of the essay.   When instructors advise you not to use “I,” they typically mean using “I think” or “I feel” to express your views, language which is unnecessary and which serves only to weaken, not strengthen, the point which follows it.

Section II:  Optional in-class exam (50% of exam grade)

Your instructor may require you to take an in-class exam that covers various parts of the course.  For example, you may be asked to read an article in advance and then write a rhetorical analysis during the exam period.  Follow the instructions that your instructor provides and submit this part of the final exam in Blackboard.

For those instructors using the new rhetorical-genre curriculum

Section I:  Take-home exam:  self-assessment (50% of final exam grade if your instructor requires Section II)

This semester, we structured our class around the “rhetorical situation,” examining the following concepts:

Rhetor, purpose / exigence / need, audience (intended and actual); contexts and constraints; medium and genre; ethos/pathos/logos, tone, and rhetorical stance.

How has learning these concepts made an impact on your reading, writing, and critical thinking skills both in English and outside of this class? For example, how have these concepts informed the way you make decisions as a writer and interpretations as a reader? Write a 3-4 page formal academic essay that answers this question using those rhetorical concepts from the above list that were most useful or important to you. Document your claims from the writing you have done this term, which means that you must use past papers as examples in your essay and quote yourself.

Section II:  Optional in-class exam (50% of exam grade)

Your instructor may require you to take an in-class exam that covers various parts of the course.  For example, you may be asked to read an article in advance and then write a rhetorical analysis during the exam period.  Follow the instructions that your instructor provides and submit this part of the final exam in Blackboard.  Whether or not your instructor requires this part of the exam, you must show up during the final exam hour to make sure your take-home exam is successfully submitted and to take care of final administrative matters.