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If you have not found the invitation for self-authorship a successful strategy and would benefit from a more traditional structure, here are the parameters you need to follow to meet my standards for engaging in this course in the second half of the term:
Attendance/Participation: 50 points. There are approximately 30 discussion sessions in our term. You are expected to attend a minimum of 27 sessions to receive full credit. You will be expected to write a final participation assessment. You will be considered present as you are able to make some contribution to the group, either participating in small sided discussion or contributing to the large group discussion. If you find it unpleasant or difficult to speak in class, you are urged to use the discussion questions posted on line to prepare an answer to those questions so when they are discussed in class you are not struggling to find your response. To be clear: you need to verbally contribute to each class.
Research Paper: 75 points Your guiding question will be offered in writing by October 14th. The first draft is due October 28th. The paper will be peer edited during the first week of November and returned to you for final revision during the week of November 9th. Your final revision is due no later than November 20th. Papers received after the 20th will be subject to reduction of grade. I encourage you to arrange a meeting with me to help you identify a stirring guiding question and help you organize your research and writing schedule.
Six Reading Responses (15 points each). These are due at the beginning of the lecture on Monday. Responses turned in subsequently will not be eligible for full credit. You may submit more than six responses but you expected to submit a minimum of six.
Your thorough response to the Othello Project questions and your participation in both discussion and presentation earn you 10 points.
WI Portfolio, as before, carries a 50 point addition for a complete portfolio of 20 edited pages.
All students will sit for the Final Exam worth 50 points.
Students excelling in each of these requirements, receiving full credit, will have the potential to accrue 325 points, easily in the range of A.