ENGL1201 Final Exam, Fall 2020

Purposes for self-assessment

  • To write a reflection on what you’ve learned in ENGL1201 about writing and reading. This reflection will help you articulate your own learning and will constitute 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

Take-home final exam assignment

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.

How to write and submit the self-assessment

When you read over your writings, take notes on places where you’ve developed as a writer or reader by understanding the rhetorical situation.  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.

You may draw upon the Outcomes Statements for First-Year Writing, a set of statements that express what we expect you to have accomplished by the end of your first-year writing experience.   Also, you might find it useful to examine a sample student self-assessment.  (What you choose to focus on in your essay may of course differ from this student’s focus.)

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.