Today (12/9) was our last class! Thank you for sticking with me during this tough semester. I hope that you learned a lot and even found some ideas to take with you into the future.
End of Semester Information:
Final Essay Deadline: Monday, Dec 14 Midnight!!!!
Method: post to OpenLab (Category: Final Essay)
Helpful tip: read over the student example on OpenLab, use Purdue Owl for help with quotations and Works Cited. See my Proofreading Advice at the end of this post.
Final Exam Deadline: Wednesday, Dec 16 Midnight!!!
NOTE: I will post the Final Exam to OpenLab by 5pm on Friday.
Method: Use a spell/grammar check and send to me via City Tech email.
NOTE: Make sure to type a clear subject line: Full name, ENG2001 Final Exam
Late work: deadline is Monday, Dec 14 Midnight!!!
** SET—student evaluation of teaching? Please fill out this form (it was sent to your City Tech Email)
** Missing work: email me ASAP
** I will have office hours this week and next.
Exam Review: the exam will consist of three sections. First section: short definition and example. Second Section: Quotation Identification. Third Section: brief essay. The exam is designed to take roughly 1:15 to complete, but take the time that you need. Make sure to proofread, revise, and spell/grammar check before emailing your exam to me. You may use your notes and the website while writing the exam.
– 5 part reading tool
– SOP—“The Black Cat,” Edgar Allen Poe
– Central Gothic Irony: in our definition handout, see Lloyd-Smith (5).
– Gothic Emotions, Gothic Actions, Gothic Hallmarks, Gothic Elements
– Global Fiction—Globalization, review the chapter on Globalization by Manfred Steger
– Modernist Fiction—Modernism
– Ethics-5 types
– “The Veldt”
– “The Enormous Radio”
– “A Rose for Emily”
– “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”
– “Sonny’s Blues”
– “Say Hell, Wave Goodbye”
– “A Good Fall”
– “The Interpreter of Maladies”
– “A Very Short Story”
– “Tender Buttons”
– “The Lottery”
How to punctuate titles and quotations:
- At the end of his story “Assimilation,” by E.L. Doctorow, the main characters Jelena and Ramon decide to run away.
- At the end of “Assimilation,” Leon, Ramon’s brother, says “Let the war begin.”
- Ramon says three things about Jelena, who he says is “beautiful”: she is “shy,” “mean,” and “great.”
Revising and Proofreading Advice:
- Offer to trade essays with a classmate.
- Read the essay out loud. Enunciate each word. If something is wrong, the ear usually picks it up.
- Read “backwards.” This is a technique used by professional editors and proofreaders: starting at the end of your essay, read each sentence in reverse order (don’t read the words in reverse order).
- Revise each topic sentence to reveal exactly what the paragraph is trying to claim/assert.
- Replace all weak verbs to strong verbs; change passive verbs to active verbs.
- Make sure that topic sentences are aligned with the thesis. Do they help support the overall thesis? They should.
- Make sure that the thesis, topic sentences, and conclusion speak to each other–that they are linked. Revise as needed.
- Make sure that commas are inside the quotations.
- Make sure to use grammar check and spell check. Set the grammar check in MS Word to “formal.”
Stay healthy and best wishes to all!