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In-Class Final

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From the English 1301 Official Course Description:


"B.   Final Examination  

1.    A final examination is required in all English 1301 classes.  The exam should consist of (or at least 

include) an essay written in class during the scheduled two-hour final examination period.  The 

topic will be assigned by the instructor and should lend itself to one or more of the rhetorical 

approaches the student has studied during the semester. 

2.    The final essay should satisfy the course objectives:  use of appropriate essay form, attention to 

rhetorical strategies, a clear thesis, satisfactory organization, adequate and relevant content, and 

basic mechanical competence

3.    If the instructor thinks the final essay does not satisfy the course objectives, the exam may be used 

as a justification for failing the student for the course.  In such cases, it is advisable to have one 

other instructor confirm the evaluation of the essay. 

4.    If the instructor judges that the final essay meets the course objectives satisfactorily, the essay 

should be graded and may be averaged in with the other course work to determine the course 



In order to meet these requirements, the student will respond to the following prompt by composing an essay consisting of 600-1000 words.



During this semester, we explored a number of concepts related to the discipline of Rhetoric and Writing Studies, which we then applied to a variety of assignments, culminating in a combined Praxis Assignment consisting of a Visual Argument and E-Portfolio. For your final essay, you will compose a reflective essay addressing these assignments and any pertinent theory discussed over the course of this class. Be sure to employ disciplinary vocabulary as appropriate. Consider the following questions:


  • Which disciplinary term, concept, or idea did you find most meaningful? How might you apply it to your future learning and schooling?
  • Which class assignment proved the most helpful in your development as an academic thinker and writer?
  • How might the content of this class be applicable to your academic discipline or major?
  • What particular disciplinary strategies did you apply in your Visual Argument? Who was the intended audience of this piece? How did you appeal to this specific audience?
  • During the E-Portfolio revision process, what assignments did you revise, how did you go about revising them, and what did you learn from this process?


You may use the entire duration of the scheduled finals period. Additionally, you may use any resources presently at your disposal in responding to this prompt, but all writing must represent your own original thoughts.


Once you have completed this assignment, you may remain in the room and work on your Praxis Assignment, so long as you can do so without disturbing your peers.


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