For your final exam, you will write five (5) substantial paragraphs - include introduction, three (3) body paragraphs (a solid paragraph is at least 5 sentences), and a conclusion - about THREE specific skills you have learned in this course. By drawing evidence from your experience in the class, you will do a reflective self-assessment and write a well developed analysis. This entails reviewing all the work you have done this semester in order to explain the skills. You will also explore/explain how you learned these skills; and how these will benefit you in your future courses. In general, please consider the following questions in your essay:
- What did I learn? What skills have I learned (such as, writing, reading, critical thinking, researching, team work, discussions, etc.) in this class, and how will these skills play a part in my academic life?
- How did I learn it? How did the activities--reading and critical thinking exercises, writing assignments, essays and research projects, group work, class discussions, peer reviews, and so on--contribute to the skills I have learned in this course? How can I show that I have learned these skills? What examples can illustrate that I have learned what I claim?
- Why is it important? What role do I think these college composition skills will play in my future courses?
- You must defend all your assertions with specific examples from the work you did in the course. For example, if you believe that you learned the skill of critical thinking, then explain in the most specific terms, what you learned about this skill, what assignment/s helped you learn this skill, what specific activities in the assignment/s were most helpful in your learning, and how this learning will benefit you in your future courses. Use specific examples from the work you completed in this course to prove your claims.
- Remember that you must write a coherent and well-developed essay. Listing and answering questions is not enough. Your essay must demonstrate that you learned the desired skills of the course and can argue and write clearly and effectively.
- Although this essay will not require citations or a Works Cited page, please make sure it follows the MLA general criteria for essay assignments.
- You will type this essay directly in the text box provided in Blackboard. Double space between paragraphs and use the spell check provided in Blackboard.
NOTE: The essay prompt is part of the password protected exam question. You will be able to read it in the testing center. You are not be allowed to take any notes or materials with you to the testing centers.
Your grade will be assessed on the following criteria which are necessary elements of composition writing:
- thesis statement which includes the key purpose/argument of the essay and the main ideas that will prove the purpose/arguments
- topic sentences related to the thesis
- sub points that are well organized using the SEX (statement, evidence, explanation) formula
- relevant and well integrated evidence/examples that support the claims
- Specific and detailed analysis that explains the evidence and proves the validity of the claims
- effective introduction and conclusion
- focused paragraphs
- unity and coherence in the whole essay
- accurate sentence mechanics (spelling, grammar, and punctuation).
- general MLA format criteria
- note: since this is a self-assessment essay, you will use the first person perspective
*You may take the final exam any time during Week 6. Testing centers are not open Sundays and are very busy on Saturdays, so plan your visit wisely. When you are ready, take a printed copy of your exam pass to the testing center. You will not be allowed to have any notes or materials with you or access to the internet.
Allow approximately 2 hours to complete your essay. Clickhereto view each location's hours of operation.
NOTE: If you will take the exam through ProctorU, then you must complete the required paperwork prior to the exam. To use this option, please visit the Exams link in the Syllabus.