Course Requirements and Grading

Attendance and Participation: As our work here will revolve around discussion, your participation and preparedness are indispensable, and will be graded. You will be permitted one unexcused absence; each additional unexcused absence lowers your final grade one step. Moreover, chronic late arrivals will not be tolerated; for every three late arrivals, one unexcused absence will accrue. Finally, be aware that presence without preparedness does not count. Do the reading. (15%)

Reading Responses: Early in the semester, I will divide the class into discussion groups. Each group will be responsible for taking the lead in class discussion, on a rotating basis. Each group will lead a Web Crossings discussion in the days prior to their facilitation; in class, the group will act as "experts," actively guiding our exploration of the material. Each student will be responsible for participating in each week's Web Crossings discussions, contributing questions and ideas that require further attention during class. While you will only be required to post once each week, posting more often is better. More details to follow. (15% total)

Papers: During the semester, you will produce two 5-page papers in which you will perform a close reading of any element of a particular group of texts. These papers may later serve as the jumping-off point for your term paper, or you may abandon these topics altogether and work on something new. The term paper, due at the end of the semester, will be 15 pages long, will involve substantial research, and will make a complex, well-defined argument. You will submit a proposal and an annotated bibliography for this paper several weeks in advance of the paper itself; shortly before the paper itself is due, you will submit a draft to a peer reviewer. All papers must use proper MLA format. Late papers will only be accepted by prior arrangement. Again, more details to follow. (brief papers, 15% each; term paper, 40%)

N.B.: There are currently no quizzes or exams scheduled for this class. I reserve the right to change my mind about this, however, if I feel an insufficient number of people are completing the readings each week. Do your friends a favor: do the reading, talk in class, and avoid a nasty final exam.