M A I N * L I N K S

SUNY Fredonia
Division of Arts and Humanities
ENGL 500: Introduction to Graduate Studies in English
Fall 2008
Section 1: T 4:30-7, Fenton 154
Office: Fenton 265; MWF 1-2, Th 3-5, and by appointment; 673-3856
E-mail: simon@fredonia.edu, brucesimon18@yahoo.com
Web Page: www.fredonia.edu/department/english/simon/
ANGEL Space: https://angel.fredonia.edu/

On the Final Reflection

This page takes on two important questions about the final reflection in this course: what and what for; it also includes an assignment sheet. My goal is to make this page as useful to you as possible, so let me know if it can be improved. If anything is badly worded, unclear, or missing, please contact me with constructive criticisms and suggestions. Ditto for any questions you may have about any of the options listed below. Thanks.


The final reflection is a self-reflection/learning analysis of at least 5 pages in which you use your experiences inside and outside the classroom this half-semester to identify the most important things you learned about your program and about yourself in ENGL 500. To keep your reflection/analysis from being too general or abstract, you should make specific references to readings from the course, our discussions in class and on the course ANGEL space's discussion board, our guest speakers, other assignments, and any relevant out-of-class experiences. It may help to consider the following questions as you brainstorm for the essay: How has your perspective on your program at SUNY Fredonia changed since the course began? What are your personal goals for the rest of your time in your program? What do you see now as the key value(s) of being graduate student in English? What specifically in the work you did for the course contributed most to the process that connects 'then' and 'now'?

What For

The main purpose of this assignment is to give you a chance to identify significant patterns in the course, take stock of what you've learned, and look ahead to your future, here and after. In the course of doing this, of course, you will be developing your skills in core department goals, including reading, writing, and critical thinking/research. This is the most open-ended assignment of the three formal ones in the course; the critical essay/structured field experience is the most focused in its emphasis on applying a single concept from the course to your future plans as a scholar and/or teacher, while the literary presentation allows you more flexibility when connecting a text of your choice to your choice of issues in the course.

Assignment Sheet: Literary Presentation

Due: by 11:30 pm Friday, 24 October 2008 in the LA drop box on the course ANGEL space's Lessons area)

Format: 5 to 7 pages; double spaced, in MLA style and format, with reasonable fonts, font sizes, and margins; heading that includes your name, the course name or number, and the date.

Criteria for Evaluation: I will be grading your final reflection in terms of the thoughtfulness and creativity of your analysis of your learning in the course, the skill with which you orchestrate your reflections and examples from readings, discussions, assignments, and events attended, and the quality of your writing and formatting (including diction, grammar, syntax, punctuation, citations, and bibliography).

M A I N * L I N K S

ENGL 500: Introduction to Graduate Studies in English, Fall 2008
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