*Locations will be arranged
with Sue Russell approximately at mid-term. She will contact instructors
by email. This exam time is slated only for CO150 and
will not coincide with any other university scheduled exams.
We are not obligated to give a traditional exam for CO150, but
the university requires that classes meet during the exam time.
Your options for what to do when you meet are flexible:
you can collect Part B of Portfolio 3 on this date or return all
of Portfolio 3 if you have completed its grading, or you can create
your own "exam" or facilitate a postscript for course,
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 period.
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. You can create your own
postscript questions, but the goal here is to foreground the writing
process and the choices students made in writing each part of
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. citizens.
You can also create
your own final exam as long as it still reflects our course goals;
if you have questions, ask Mike, Kate, Steve, Sarah, or any of
the lecturers. Other finals that have been successful in
the past include extensive reflections on the course and how it
will help students in their future academic and civic lives (letters
to incoming CO150 students are effective contexts for this),
an analysis of and response to an argument found in the PHG or
New York Times, or reflections on students' writing/research
The goal of the final
exam is not to "test" students on their writing knowledge
(what they write), but instead to get them thinking once
more about the choices they make when writing since we so often
neglect to take time to reflect on how we write.
on completing your first semester of CO150. Have a great break!