Your final exam will be a synthesis essay that will include your current lit circle novel, your choice of other texts from throughout the year, and your choice of sources taken from those attached below. PLEASE do yourself a favor and read the following documents before your final (Tuesday 5/29 for 1B and 2B; Thursday 5/31 for 3B and 4B)!!!! You may choose to print these off and highlight them to bring in to the final, if you like. You must include some of these texts; you must include your lit circle novel; you must include some other text(s) from the course of the year.

You will be receiving the prompt and writing your essay in class on the day of your final.

You should have received a slip of paper with instructions for an OPTIONAL creative component of the final exam. This is what that paper said:

There is an OPTIONAL component of the final exam that you may choose to do in order to bolster your grade. Prepare a creative representation of the American Dream. This could be a piece of visual art, a recording of an original song, a video of a different sort of performance, etc. This should NOT be a written text – no essays, poems, short stories, etc., please – and it should NOT be something you drew in pencil on a piece of notebook or printer paper twenty minutes before it was due. This will be scored on creativity, effort, and “aesthetic appeal” – so don’t do a drawing if that isn’t an area of strength for you. A very strong piece would be well-executed, thoughtful, and might somehow reference texts from the year’s curriculum. If you choose to do this activity, it will count as 1/3 of your semester final.

The final exam is worth 15% of your semester grade. If you do the creative component, it will be worth 5% and the synthesis essay will be worth 10%. If you do not do the creative component, the synthesis essay will be 15% of your grade.
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- MORE THAN ONE quotation or passage from the text
- an artistic element/illustration
- the author and title, correctly spelled
- A sales pitch or other statement of the book's significance/importance

IF YOU WERE ABSENT you will need to make a poster on your own or with other group members who were also absent. Your poster should be about the size of half a sheet of poster board (or, at the smallest, 11"x17" - that's two sheets of printer paper taped together along their longest end). It should be colorful and appealing to the eye.
 
 
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