Hello, everyone. Just a reminder that there is an exam on Monday during class time!
- Be on time! 20 minutes late is absent—and absent is failing. And if you fail this exam, you fail this class.
- You can listen to music if that helps you focus, BUT I can’t let you guys mess around on your phones for obvious reasons, so all phones must be face down by 2:35 and must remain face down until you have turned in your exam. You cannot mess with your phone during the exam for any reason.
- You may bring: the article, your triple entry journal (only the form I gave you,) and the “They Say/ I Say” handout on quotation. The triple entry journal form is attached at the bottom of this entry.
- Remember, the exam is on the article on Uber drivers, NOT on ADHD.
How should you prepare? Well, I suggest you:
- Read and annotate the text, more than once!
- Think of what essay questions might be asked (Hint: they will all involve the text, the reader and the world outside the text)
- Write a sample thesis or two– remember you will probably be able to tweak your thesis a bit in order to fit the question!
- Find key quotes– then summarize and analyze them. You can do this on the triple-entry journal worksheet.
- Think of scenes or situations you have been in or you know about that relate to the article.
Suggestions for writing:
- Pick a question (quickly! Which one do you have more to say about?)
- Write a DRAFT thesis.
- Brainstorm some Points and Information (again, quickly) to back up your thesis.
- Revise your thesis to fit the points in #3.
- Write a very brief outline, if that is useful to you. MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT SPEND TOO MUCH TIME PLANNING!
- Make sure to leave at least 6-7 minutes for proofreading!
I will be grading you on:
- The strength of your argument, or your “So What?” Do you have anything to say or are you just repeating the article back to me?
- Your organization. (PIE is one way to think about this. Also, don’t forget your intro and conclusion!)
- Your “you!” I want to know why you have chosen the quotes you have, what experiences you have or know about that relate to the argument you are making.
- Concrete, significant detail
- I grade grammar less harshly than in take-home papers, but it is still a factor. I still have to be able to make sense of what you are saying!
Here is the triple-entry journal:tripleenty