As you prepare for the final exam, share your ideas with the class to extend the discussion beyond your finals-filled minds. You might write about:
- which topic you want to write about and why, OR
- thoughts or questions you have about thesis statements, OR
- thoughts or questions you have about the five-step method for incorporating quotations as evidence, OR
- passages and elements of fiction you would want to write about in the first part of the final exam (remember how we did this for the midterm exam?), OR
- questions you have about other aspects of the assignments due before the end of the semester.
One other point: I said that there was no homework, but that isn’t entirely true. As we did for the midterm, please bring a sheet with the quotations you will use for the three possible responses you have prepared. I will check that sheet and give you credit for Week 15 homework.
The topics again:
1. the power of freedom (12 votes)
2. sacrifice as altruism (12 votes)
5/6. family as a source of dysfunction or of strength (11 votes for dysfunction, 8 votes for strength)
9. the journey of self-discovery (8 votes)
11. the effects of characters pushed to their limits (9 votes)
As you can see, there was a tie for the last spot (8 votes), so I combined the two about family.
Remember as you prepare: what’s up? how come? so what?
I will choose 3 of the 5 from the list above for the final exam. You will prepare 3 of the 5 so that 1, 2, or 3 of those you prepared will be on the exam. On the day of the exam, you will write about 1.
Instead of writing an essay, you will write:
- your thesis statement
- a paragraph (or more as needed) supporting your thesis statement using the five-step method of incorporating quotations with a quotation from a text we read after the midterm
- a paragraph (or more as needed) supporting your thesis statement using the five-step method of incorporating quotations with a quotation from a text we read at any point this semester
Additionally, there will be quotation identification questions that ask you to identify title, author, element of fiction, and to explain how that element of fiction is represented in that passage.