Wrapping up the Semester

Can you believe it?? This coming week is the final week of class! Below is everything you need to know about what needs to happen between now and the last day of the semester.

Last Minute Office Hours
In addition to my regular office hours on Tuesday (12-2pm), I will be on campus tomorrow, M 12/16, in the afternoon, and have some availability to meet to discuss Essay #3 (or Lying more generally). Please e-mail me if you would like to schedule a conference with me for Monday or Tuesday.

Final Exam
As discussed in class, your final exam will take place in-class on Tuesday, 12/17. The final exam is on Lying, and will include short responses and an essay (you will have a choice of questions/prompts). I strongly encourage you to review your notes from our in-class discussions of the text, read through all students’ blog posts on the different sections, and review the discussion prompts I distributed/we discussed on Part 3 and Part 4 + Afterword.

The final exam is worth 10% of your overall course grade.

Please remember to arrive to class on time on Th 12/17, as we will begin the exam promptly at the start of class and will end exactly at the end of class. If you arrive late, you will not be given extra time to complete the exam.

Essay #3
The final draft of Essay #3 on Lying is due no later than Wednesday, 12/18 at 1pm. You must submit your essay (complete with Cover Letter) to Dropbox and drop off a hard copy to my mailbox (in the English Department main office, N512, which is open M-F, 9am-1pm & 2-5pm) no later than 1pm on Wednesday. If your essays are not submitted both ways by the due date/time, you will receive no credit for the assignment.

*A number of you still need to e-mail your thesis/paragraph + outline for Essay #3 to me. If you are one of these people, please do so ASAP.

Course Reflections
Your Individual Final Course Reflection is due in class on Th 12/19 (this is a mandatory–not optional–assignment). Please visit the Final Course Reflection page on our site for more details on this assignment.

Final Class
We will hold class on Thursday, 12/19, and we’ll use this time to finish our discussion of Lying. We will also have a little end-of-the-semester/holiday party, so please feel free to bring in goodies (food, drink, etc.) to share with your classmates.

Final Course Grades

The deadline for professors to submit final course grades for the Fall 2013 semester is 12/26. Please wait to view your course grade online through CUNYfirst (I will not be giving out final course grades via e-mail). Once you see your final grade posted online, you should feel free to e-mail me for a breakdown of your grades (including what grades you received on these final assignments).

Final grades are non-negotiable, though I am always more than happy to discuss them/your work with you at any point. If you would like to discuss any of your grades/receive additional feedback on the final assignments/exams, you should e-mail me to schedule an appointment to discuss your work when we return to campus at the end of January (2014).

Thank you, & stay in touch!
Finally, it was a pleasure to work with you all this semester. I wish you the best of luck wrapping up the semester and on your final exams, and in your future endeavors at City Tech and beyond. You all worked incredibly hard this semester, and I really appreciate your consistent effort and good cheer day in and day out! I hope you enjoyed yourselves and learned a lot about reading fiction, critical thinking, and writing. Have a wonderful summer break, & don’t hesitate to be in touch in future semesters to discuss your work in this course/beyond, and/or to just say hi  🙂

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