Wrapping Up Our Course: Final Exam and Final Course Portfolio

Next Wednesday, December 13 is our last in-person class session.  At that time, you will be taking the final exam and handing in your Final Course Portfolio, which includes your Revised Overview of Sources essay and your Annotated Bibliography.  Below are guidelines for preparing for the exam and preparing the Final Course Portfolio.

Preparing the Final Course Portfolio

Preparing for the Final Exam

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Preparing for Our Final Exam

The final exam for our course is next Wednesday, Dec. 13.  I will be e-mailing you the reading for the exam on Monday, Dec. 11.  Please make sure to carefully read and annotate the reading to prepare for the exam and to come to class on Wednesday with a working outline of your exam essay.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to e-mail me.

To assist you in preparing for the final exam, which you will take Wednesday, Dec. 13, I have compiled the following resources.

Taking Essay Exams

Writing a Critical Response Essay

What Is a Thesis Statement?

Some Thesis Statement Tips

What Is a Paragraph?

What Is a Topic Sentence?  Thesis Statement/Topic Sentence Diagram

Structural Overview of an Essay

Introduction to Summary Writing

Writing With and About Texts

MLA In-Text Citation Guidelines

ENG1101 Final Exam Grading Rubric

For those interested in taking a SAMPLE FINAL EXAM, here is one:  Sample City Tech ENG1101 Final Exam

For those interested in getting some feedback on the sample final exam, please bring a copy of your completed sample exam to the ENG1101 tutors in AG27.

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GA13/RWA13: Drafting and Revising Your Overview of Sources Essay

Please bring a working draft of your Overview of Sources essay to our class next Wednesday, December 6. We will be dedicating half of our class session to peer review. I have also posted guidelines for preparing your Final Course Portfolio (see our OL or course website for detailed instructions).

For those who have completed all or most of the Group Assignments, GA13 is an OPTIONAL assignment. If it is useful to you to complete it as part of your Overview of Sources essay drafting process, please feel free to complete it. I will do my best to get some comments back to you regarding it.

Finally, if you would like some comments on your annotated bibliography or the working draft of you Overview of Sources essay, please feel free to e-mail me a copy at: jrodgerscitytech@gmail.com.

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Preparing a Final Course Portfolio


Professor Rodgers

College Writing


The Final Course Portfolio is a way for you to review all of the work that you have done this semester, revise some of it, reflect on it, and show me the progress you have made with your understanding of the various elements of college writing.  While all of the assignments and essays that we have worked on this semester have been important, the final course portfolio gives you an opportunity to see how the various assignments and essays fit together and to archive the work that you have done this semester so you can refer to it and use it in the future.

You can submit your Final Course Portfolio in print or electronically via your Open Lab ePortfolio.  However, please choose one, either print or electronic.  Your ability to clearly organize and present your work is part of what will be assessed in this project, which is why it is important that you carefully compile this document and make it as user friendly as possible.  Below, you will find a table of contents for the Course Portfolio.  Please organize your materials accordingly.  If you are missing any materials, that is fine, but I would appreciate it if you could include a sheet indicating that this work is missing.

Final Course Portfolio Table of Contents

  1. Letter to Prof. Rodgers reflecting on your writing and work this semester: What have you learned about college writing?  What do you still need/want to learn about college writing?  What did we do in this class that was most useful to you? What do you plan to do with your writing?  Please describe one or two possible reading/writing projects that you’d like to undertake over the summer.
  2. Letter to Future Students of Prof. Rodgers’ Writing Courses regarding what you feel these students should know about college writing
  3. Revised Source Overview Essay with Annotated Bibliography
  4. Revised Argumentative Response Essay
  5. Revised Literacy Narrative Essay
  6. RWAs that you like or that you feel represent your best work or that are late and that you’d like to receive credit for
  7. GAs that you like or that you feel represent your best work or that are late and that you’d like to receive credit for
  8. Learning Journal
  9. Class Notes
  10. Earlier Drafts of Source Overview (including completed Research Source Worksheets) and Literacy Narrative Essays

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GA13/RWA13: Drafting an Overview of Sources Essay

Dear Students,

I hope you had a very good holiday. For our class on Wednesday, November 29, please bring a printed copy of RWA12: Annotated Bibliography, and all of your research materials. We will be drafting RWA13, the Overview of Sources essay, and GA13, a post comparing and contrasting your three sources, in class. I’ll look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

All best,
Prof. Rodgers

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Wednesday, Nov. 22: Professor Rodgers is ill and our in-person class session is cancelled

Dear Students,

I am ill, and, as a result, we will not be meeting as a class in-person this afternoon. I am very sorry to have to cancel this class. However, I have no doubt that we can make up some of our work today online. I will be in touch via e-mail and the OL when I am feeling better.

All best,

Prof. Rodgers

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GA12: Post One Paragraph

Please review your revised Argumentative Response Essay (RWA9) and select one paragraph from the essay that you would like us to discuss as a class. Since, most recently, we have been focusing on using and writing about textual evidence in our writing, I would strongly suggest that you post a paragraph that contains textual evidence. Please also include three questions that you have about your paragraph. We will be discussing each of these paragraphs, your questions about them, and strategies for writing with textual evidence in our next class session.

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GA11: What Is a Bibliography? What are In-Text and Bibliographic Citation Styles?

Please respond to the following questions as a reply to this blog post:

  1. What is your discipline or major?
  2. Do you know which style guidelines (MLA/APA/Other?) are used in your discipline/major? If not, how might you find out?
  3. Post the bibliographic citation for ONE of your sources in MLA format.
  4. Which short story did you select to read?  Why?  Please post the MLA bibliographic citation for the short story you are reading.

Purdue OWL MLA Works Cited Guidelines (Overview)

Periodicals (articles from newspapers, magazines and scholarly journals)
Electronic Sources (web sites, articles published on web sites and in online databases)

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Technologies and Literacies: Some Useful Sources



Karen Swan, Mark van ‘t Hooft, Annette Kratcoski, and Darlene Unger.Journal of Research on Technology in Education.

38.1 (Fall 2005) p99. Word Count: 5742.

Learning From High School Students’ Lived Experiences of Reading E-Books and Printed Books


  • Ellen Evans


Technology Changing How Students Learn, Teachers Say

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GA10: Questions About Developing Research Questions and College Research Projects 

Please post your questions about the College Research Process and Developing Research Questions as a comment to this post.  Please also respond to at least one question by one of your classmates.

For our class next Wednesday, you will be handing in BOTH the Research Question Worksheet and the ENG1101 Library Worksheet.

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