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
To help the English Department assess the writing program
To help the University assess for various proficiencies, including writing
Parts of the First-Year Writing assessment
- Self-assessment (all students, submitted only to instructor)
- In-class final-exam essay that interprets a short short story selected by instructor, not read before the final-exam period
- (Optional) In-class or take-home test, created by each instructor, that covers the content of the course in some way
Section 1 (50% or 35%)
The self-assessment assignment
Your self-assessment assignment is to answer the following question in a coherent essay: How has your relationship with academic writing (college writing) developed during College English I and II? In drafting your answer consider all the material discussed with regard to writing in both courses. 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.
The self-assessment should be a personal essay that focuses on a thesis about your growth as a writer over the year, documenting your claims by referring to essays and other writings. 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 (50% or 35%)
Directions for writing and submitting in-class final exam on short story
Read short story chosen by your instructor at the beginning of the final exam period. Write an essay in which you make an argument for your particular way of interpreting the story. It will be graded based upon whatever rubric or assessment guideline that your instructor has been using to evaluate literature-based arguments. You will be evaluated both on your reading and writing abilities. Remember to cite sources properly.
Note to instructors: The above is only one version of Section II. The requirement is that this section involve essay writing about literature.
Section III (optional, 50% or 30%)
Directions for optional content-based literature exam will be provided by your instructor