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!

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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

Final Exam: Tuesday December 20 3:45-5:45

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Some quick updates this week:

  • I’ll be emailing papers back to whatever address you used to send it to me. Look out for it.
  • Final papers (and the optional extra credit assignment) are both due via email on Thursday 12/15 by midnight EST
  • While we don’t have formal classes next week, I’ll have special office hours during class time on Tuesday 12/13 from 3:30-6 PM. I’ll be available by appointment on Thursday 12/15 — email me by the day before. Office is Carman 398. We can also chat via Skype/Google Hangouts during those times. email me for an appointment if you want to do the online option.

     
    As a reminder, the final is scheduled for Tuesday, December 20, 3:45-5:45 PM in the regular classroom. 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.
    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 it.

    About the final exam …

  • 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 handed out in class for specifics.
  • Week of 12/6: Assata conclusion and Final Exam Review

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    Thanks to Sam Anderson for his enlightening guest lecture on Assata Shakur and the Black Panther Party in New York! See more about him at his website.
     
    Announcement: See the Assignments page for the extra credit assignment announced last week. It is due Thursday December 15 by email. No extensions or exceptions.
     
    220px-AssatabioThis week we finish the autobiography of Assata Shakur. For Tuesday 12/6, 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 identity, survival, freedom, 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 Jessy, Claudia, Sky, and Kofi.
     
    For Thursday 12/8 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. Be sure to show up: I’ll present a more detailed exam overview and some prep strategies that should be helpful.
     
    As a reminder, the final is scheduled for Tuesday, December 20, 3:45-5:45 PM in the regular classroom. 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.

    For Thursday May 12: Assata conclusion and final exam review

    Remember that the final paper its due Monday 5/23 by Midnight Eastern Standard Time via e-mail. Be sure to check the Assignments page is you missed class or lost your copy

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    220px-AssatabioThis week we finish the autobiography of Assata Shakur. For Thursday 5/12, 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 Ciarra, Jay, Karina, and Ivani.

    Again 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 26 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.

    Assignment for Thursday March 17: Take Home Midterm

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    Photo: George Jackson, author of Soledad Brother and Blood in My Eye.
     
    Reminder that I will be away at a conference on Thursday March 17, so class will not meet. Instead, your task for the week will be completion of the midterm, which will be posted on the new midterm exam page and will be due at the beginning of class (or before) on Thursday March 24. The page is password protected with the same password as the readings page. Check your printed copy of the syllabus or email me if you’ve forgotten it.
     
    The exam will be due at or before the beginning of class on Thursday March 24. If you won’t be in class, make arrangements to drop it off before 2 PM on 3/24 in my mailbox in the English Department office in Carman 302.
     
    Looking ahead, we’ll begin Bodega Dreams on March 24, when I return, and we’ll cover the first half of the book. Reading questions and more detail will be posted next week. We’ll have a presentation by Kianna, Mo, Andrew, and Willie.