Final Exam Samples

For my Comp I students this semester, I assigned the following final exam. I thought it was a little "Breakfast Club" since it's a personal reflection for their last essay. In any case, here was the prompt:

For your Essay #3, update and revise your Essay #1: Inquiring into Self. Here are some basic guidelines:

  1. Keep in mind the focus of Essay #1:
    1. write about your experience/ relationship with reading and writing (literacy). Consider this your opportunity to  reflect on your fears, memories, uses of/for, hopes about literacy.
    2. Answer: “Who am I as a reader and writer?”
  2. You can delete or change as much of your Essay #1 as you wish
  3. If you are smart, you will dive into your e-folio and look at all the comments, peer-reviews, reflection blog posts, edits and writing process and rubric for Essay #1 to help guide your writing today.
  4. To elaborate on your points, you must also incorporate ideas by quoting and/or paraphrasing from at least 1 of the following essays:
    1. “Shitty First Drafts” by Anne Lamott
    2. “The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me” by Sherman Alexie
    3. “Study: Post-Lesson Reflection boosts Learning” by Ellen Wexler
5. Your essay must be in MLA format.
6. Your essay must have a Works Cited page for any works you quote.
7. You must insert a copy of your final draft of this essay as a Google Doc on the Essay #3 webpage of your e-Portfolio by the end of the Final Exam period.
8. You must upload a copy as a Microsoft Word file or PDF file onto Blackboard under the assignment, “Essay #3: Final Exam” by the end of the Final Exam period.
Here are some samples of the great works my students wrote, all with their permission:

Garcia, Aaron. The Experienced Writer.
Luna, Ashley. Road to Success.
Morales, Stacey. Evolving.
Rodriguez, Valeria. Finding What does not Exist.

I am thinking of putting together a little anthology of student literacy narratives. This would be a great asset to a Comp class that takes some time to focus on composition studies. 
Now for a month off.
Sincerely Yours,
The Breakfast Club