Monday, December 7, 2015

End of Semester Exam Information

First semester will soon be coming to a close. For your midterm, I will not be giving a test per se, but instead will ask you to write an essay in Google Docs.

The prompt for this essay is a simple one:

What have you learned in this very short semester? 

Don't just think about the tangible things you have learned (the 6+1 traits of writing, how to write dialogue, etc.) but also think about the intangible things - what you have discovered about yourself as a writer and as a student.

In addition to a minimum 2-page, double-spaced essay, you will also be asked to include the following:

  1. Use 3 vocabulary words (IN CONTEXT!) in your essay and highlight them.
  2. Using the comments feature, point out 3 places where you used a particular trait of writing well and explain why you feel that way.
  3. Using the comments feature, label an example of each of the 8 parts of speech.
  4. All pronouns of I must be capitalized or I'm taking off an automatic 3 points. 
  5. If you use a fragment or run-on, point it out and explain why you made that stylistic choice.
  6. Please make sure you find a way to effectively introduce your essay as well as create a satisfying, resonating ending.  

Things to consider when writing your essay (you don't have to include all of these, they're just suggestions of things you can discuss):
Thoughts about your writer's notebook
How have you been brave? 
What have you learned about yourself as a writer?
Our author Skype visits from Gae Polisner and Natalie Lloyd
Article of the Week 
Weekly vocabulary in your writer's notebook
The class Twitter account -- Is anybody actually following it? ;) 
Formal writing assignments you have turned in:
  • JK Rowling commencement speech reflection
  • Author bio
  • NaNoWriMo
  • Santa's Elf letter
Texts we have shared this semester:

How will this essay be graded? How well you used the 6+1 Traits of Writing and how well you answered the essay prompt.

Also, separate from the essay:
  1. Share a passage from your NaNoWriMo novel that you think shows your best work and explain why it's your favorite.
  2. Share a passage of dialogue from your NaNoWriMo novel -- punctuated and indented correctly.
  3. Provide a synopsis of your NaNoWriMo novel. (Think about how novels are described on the backs of books or inside jacket flaps to entice readers)

Extra credit:
Design a cover for your novel and write a short explanation about how that cover  + title works for your novel. (You can turn this in separately from the Google Doc)


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