Tuesday 12/17: Final exam

The big news for this week is, of course, that the final is on Tuesday the 17th from 3:45-5:45 in the usual classroom. Don’t miss it!!. It’s logistically difficult to do make-ups and that may not happen before the grade deadline. Note also that I won’t offer a make-up except for very good reasons. I’ll update this post later with more tips and info.


Week of 12/10: Assata conclusion and Final exam review

220px-AssatabioRemember that papers are due Friday 12/6 by Midnight Eastern Standard Time via e-mail. This week we finish the autobiography of Assata Shakur. For Tuesday 12/10, finish Assata. Again, make sure to pay attention to the various poems she includes in the story on pages 240 (“Current Events”), 259 (“To My Daughter Kakuya”), and 263 (“The Tradition”). Think also about the themes that we’ve been talking about so far and how Assata’s work fits into the context of urban narratives and themes of immigration/migration, return home, urban space, etc. Consider this prep for the final exam. If you read this carefully, it’s one less thing you’ll need to study.

For Thursday 12/12 (re)read my guide to final exams, “Zen and the Art of Finals” (PDF), which will help you begin to prepare for our final (and hopefully others as well). Think about major themes that we’ve been talking about all semester and bring questions to the class. We’ll spend the last class reflecting on the semester and have an open prep/ study session for the final exam.

As a reminder, the final is scheduled for Tuesday, December 17, 3:45-5:45 PM in the regular classroom. Be sure to arrange for childcare/ time off work/ whatever you need to do now, as there will be no make-ups, except for extraordinary circumstances. Unless you can provide a hospital or arrest record (your own, not a family member’s), you get no make-up. “My family bought plane tickets to go on vacation” or similar is not an extraordinary circumstance in my book. Consider college a job and be up front with family, friends, etc. about what that commitment means.