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Grading and Assignments
Each student is required to complete three written assignments and one Reading Journal.
Without exception, all requirements must be completed in order to pass the course. Your participation and attendance will also impact your grade.
Students who average a C-, D+, D, or D- will PASS, but will not receive credit for general education or major requirements and the course will not satisfy prerequisites.
A) 3 Written Assignments: 75% of final grade
Written assignments are each worth 20 – 30% of your final grade.
All written assignments must be submitted at the beginning of class on the due date. Any assignments turned in at the end of class will be considered one-day late. No e-mail submissions will be accepted without a valid medical or family excuse.
- Assignment #1, due on the first day of Unit Two. (20% of final grade)
- Assignment #2, due on the first day of Unit Three. (30% of final grade)
- Assignment #3, due on the first day of Unit Four. (25% of final grade)
Specific details regarding each prompt will be distributed and discussed at the beginning of each unit.
B) Reading Journal: 25% of final grade
Your Reading Journal consists of reflective writing (not note-taking) based on the required readings for each course meeting. The Reading Journal is worth 25% of your final grade. Participation factors significantly into your Reading Journal grade.
For each READING JOURNAL entry, please include the following:
- Describe in a few sentences the main topic of the text (or, in the case of Long, the set of texts).
- Summarize one or two of the arguments made in the text that you find most interesting or useful.
- For readings from Long, note common themes for each section (i.e. “First Identifiers”, “The Brücke”, etc.). A separate entry for each reading is not required.
- Note one or more passages or quotations you find most interesting, and which may be useful to your written assignment.
- For texts from Long, please use citations from the original authors (rather than the explanatory notes or introduction).
In addition, for each CLASS MEETING please write one or more questions or ideas that you will be willing to share in class discussion.
There is no page requirement. Your Reading Journal may be in digital form. Be prepared to submit your Reading Journal with each written assignment.
In the event of an absence, your reading journal will be accepted WITHOUT a late penalty.
In addition to keeping a Reading Journal, each student must also post a comment on one of the Guiding Questions for one of the four units of the course. These comments must be 150-200 words in length. This component is worth 5-points (20%) of the Reading Journal grade. Please follow this link for further instruction, as well as the sign-up list.
These answers ideally will help you to engage with each other's thinking as you analyze course material and complete your written assignments.
No late comments will be accepted.