Locations to be arranged with Sue Russell approximately
mid-term. She will contact instructors by email.
Please note that university rule prohibits graded events of
value greater than 10% of the course grade conducted during the last week of
classes. Therefore, this examination MUST be given during the final exam
The final examination asks students to write an extensive
postscript to both the final arguing essay and the course. Remind students that
they must submit (resubmit) their entire Portfolio 3 at the time of the final.
First, students will write a postscript to Portfolio 3 by
annotating their Editorials. The annotations should identify and explain the
changes they have made from the first arguing essay. Indicate to students the
number of annotations you expect (probably not fewer than a half dozen) and the
level of discussion or explanation.
Second, students should answer a reflective question or two
about the course theme of writing as a “situated” or context-bound activity.
These questions should probe their understanding of the importance of purpose
and audience to effective writing.
Third, students should be asked to reflect on an especially
controversial national news issue they saw emerging over the past 15 weeks as
they read the New York Times. This topic should be a different issue
than the one they discussed in Portfolios 2 and 3. Ask them to discuss the ways
that this national debate exposed differences in values, beliefs, affiliations,
attitudes, and/or perspectives held by U. S.
completing your first semester of CO150. Have a great break.