Final Evaluation
Contributor: Mike Millner

Below is a final evaluation I designed for my ENLT 223M course, "Studies in Poetry." I did not design it to replace the department's official course evaluation, but to augment it. I wanted to ask students to evaluate the course in terms of the skills I had at the beginning of the term established as central to course's goals. As you will see these skills are pretty familiar ones that other instructors I suspect also seek to teach in their introductory courses. In that sense, perhaps these questions will be useful to other instructors.

Thesis
1. A good academic essay must articulate a strong thesis statement.

Do you understand what constitutes a strong thesis for an essay about a work of literature?
(not very well) 1 2 3 4 5 (understand extremely well) NA
Comments?
 
 
 
 

How helpful was this course in developing this understanding?
(not very helpful) 1 2 3 4 5 (extremely helpful) NA
Comments?
 
 
 
 

What was most helpful to your improvement in this area?
 
 




Evidence
2. Essays about texts (whether they be movies, cultural artifacts, visual art, novels, or poems) marshal textual evidence to support their claims.

How good are you at incorporating textual evidence into essays to support your claims?
(not very good) 1 2 3 4 5 (extremely good) NA
Comments?
 
 
 
 

How helpful was this course in developing this proficiency?
(not very helpful) 1 2 3 4 5 (extremely helpful) NA
Comments?
 
 
 
 

What was most helpful to your improvement in this area?
 
 





Close Reading
3. "Close reading" of a literary text requires a sensitivity to vocabulary, tone, rhetorical structure, grammar, point-of-view and other formal characteristics.

Do you feel you are a sensitive and acute close reader?
(not really) 1 2 3 4 5 (extremely sensitive and acute) NA
Comments?
 
 
 
 

How successful are you at moving from close reading to more wide ranging  arguments about a text?
(not very successful) 1 2 3 4 5 (extremely successful) NA
Comments?
 
 
 
 

How well did the course help you develop these skills?
(not very well) 1 2 3 4 5 (extremely well) NA
Comments?
 
 
 
 

What was most helpful to your improvement in this area?
 
 





Vocabulary
4. The discussion of a text requires a critical vocabulary.

How sophisticated and various a critical vocabulary do you have for discussing the types of texts encountered in this course?
(not very sophisticated) 1 2 3 4 5 (extremely sophisticated) NA
Comments?
 
 
 
 

How effective are you at using this critical vocabulary to construct arguments about texts?
(not very effective) 1 2 3 4 5 (extremely effective) NA
Comments?
 
 
 
 

Did this course help you develop and use this vocabulary?
(not very much) 1 2 3 4 5 (a great deal) NA
Comments?
 
 
 
 

What was most helpful to your improvement in this area?
 
 




Other Questions
5. What are the most important and useful critical terms you have discussed this semester?
 
 
 
 

6. What skills and knowledges do you suspect you will take from this course and use in other English courses?
 
 
 
 

7. What was the most important knowledge you garnered from this course? Perhaps it had to do with literary history or cultural history or the analysis of texts or something else.
 
 
 
 

8. What were the overall goals of this course?  Were these goals achieved
 
 
 
 

9. Rate your level of effort in this course.
(low) 1 2 3 4 5 (high)

Estimate the amount of time in hours you put into this course each week.
 
 
 

Rate the level of effort required of this course in relation to other courses you’ve taken.
(this course easier) 1 2 3 4 5 (harder)