Monthly Archives: May 2017

Final Exam: Thursday May 25

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Some quick updates this week:

I’ll be available in my office (Carman 398) next Tuesday afternoon next week (the 23rd). Make an appointment (via email) if you want to stop by. We can also “meet” via Skype/Google Hangouts.
The big news this week are papers is the final exam. The final is on Thursday the 25th from 1:30-3:30 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 make-ups except for very good reasons.

The last class was a formal review session for the final. I won’t post detailed notes for that online or answer e-mails on it since I’ve already spent a lot of time on prep, so please get notes from a classmate who was there if you missed anything. Also don’t forget to fill out the course evaluation survey, which was e-mailed to your Lehman e-mail account. Thanks!

About the final exam …

List of themes in this semester’s course, brainstormed by the class.

You’re encouraged to (re)read my guide to final exams, “Zen and the Art of Finals” (PDF) if you haven’t already.

Format is 3 essays around major themes we’ve seen in readings all semester. Refer to the handout of the sample exam and question distributed in class for specifics.

Good luck and see you next week!

Thursday May 18: Assata conclusion and final exam review

 

This week we finish the autobiography of Assata Shakur. For Thursday 5/18, 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. What’s the significance of the story ending in Cuba and how does Assata adjust to her new home? Consider this prep for the final exam. If you read this carefully, it’s one less thing you’ll need to study.

Presentation by Lyna, Shonsaya, Rayne, and Jarissa.

We’ll have a structured review session for the final exam at the end of the class.

My guide to final exams, “Zen and the Art of Finals” (PDF), 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 have an open prep/ study session for the final exam.
As a reminder, the final is scheduled for Thursday, May 25 1:30-3:30 PM in the regular classroom and you might want to check Lehman’s Exam Schedule (PDF file) for your other classes as well. 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.

Thursday 5/11: Assata Part 2 and final exam review

Announcement:assignments page remember that the second  paper is due (deadline extended to Monday 5/8). See the for details.

This week we cover the next third of the autobiography of Assata Shakur. For Thursday 5/11, Read pages 98-194¬† (Chapters 6 to 12) in 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 athe 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. What’s the significance of the story ending in Cuba and how does Assata adjust to her new home? Consider this prep for the final exam. If you read this carefully, it’s one less thing you’ll need to study.

Presentation by Chanel, Leash, Brittany, and Erik.

Also, 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 have an open prep/ study session for the final exam on the final class day of 5/18.a