Reminder: Final Exam

This is a reminder that will also be shared with you over email and through Infinite Campus: Your final exam begins on Monday, June 3, and runs through Thursday, June 6. You have been given the structure and focus of this exam a few times, most notably with the end-of-year calendar attached to your end-of-year contracts, so this will only briefly review what to expect:

  1. Each day, you will be given  set of passages to read. These texts may be prose or poetry.
  2. After you’ve read the passages, you will answer a series of multiple-choice questions on the passages. These questions will cover main ideas, literary elements and techniques, and inference.

Remember that you’ve been practicing indirectly for this exam since September; all of the close reading and critical thinking we’ve done has inculcated the skills you’ll need. In addition, you should have been practicing more directly for the last month, because the Castle Learning exercises assigned to you function as both Regents Exam prep and prep for our final exam.

That’s not enough, however. You were given at the beginning of this week a last assignment to help you practice and prepare for Monday: another set of Castle Learning exercises on critical reading. Complete this last set of eight exercises before Monday’s exam, and you should be more than prepared for the week. This is also an assignment for Q4, so you’ll be rewarded twice for your hard work.

Note that if you are prepared, you will probably also have time from Monday through Thursday to work on your other end-of-year assignments in class, including an optional critical lens revision, the optional research-driven revision, the online adversarial, and a practice Regents Exam (which will be assigned next week). Otherwise, you’ll be finishing your final exam in class and completing these other assignments as homework.

Send me an email with any questions or concerns, and good luck.


Castle Learning

Toward the end of the year, in mid-June, you will take the New York State Comprehensive English Regents Examination. You must pass this test to graduate. If you would like to see what the test might look like, check here. If you would like to know what I think of the test, check here. This post assumes that your real interest is in passing.

You’ll prepare for this exam while practicing the sort of independent and student-driven learning we actually believe in. To do this, we need Castle Learning. The assignment parameters and schedule are below; check them over, speak to me, and begin.

Note: The Regents Exam itself does not affect your GPA, nor is it part of this year’s English average. You will, however, be scored on the Castle Learning assignments you are given.


These links walk you through the site itself, if you haven’t already used it in another class. I will also help you to get started. If you have never used the site, here are your directions:

  1. Go to Castle Learning.
  2. Type in your ID  in the appropriate box under “Sign into Castle Learning Online.” Your ID:  brew.studentidentificationnumber (padded on the left with 0’s so that your ID is 9 digits. (ex:  brew.009123456)
  3. Skip the password field.
  4. Click the sign-in button.
  5. Follow the steps to choose a password & click “Submit.” All users should sign in and set a password as soon as possible in order to protect their accounts.
  6. Under “Your Classes,” click on the link for our class.


On April 5, you will be assigned one set of ten questions to answer as an introduction to Castle Learning (whether or not you’ve used it before). After that, you will be given all of the Castle Learning assignments for Q4 at once. Your job is to complete the work when you can, taking your time and addressing each task to the best of your ability. Castle Learning keeps track of how long you spend on each assignment, how many answers you get correct, and more; do this seriously, and you will not run into any trouble.


You will receive the average of all of these Castle Learning assignments as part of Q4. More information will be given in class about budgeting your time and avoiding a rush at the end of the year.