METHOD OF EVALUATION
There will be hour exams, quizzes and class participation assessments, and essays. Exams will assess your ability to offer critical and objective information about the materials we read. Quizzes, when given, will come at the beginning of a class, and will provide an objective indication of your daily preparedness. We will discuss your writing assignments at greater length over the course of the semester. The numbers break down like this:
Essay 1: 25% of quarterly grade
Quizzes / Blog: 15% of quarterly grade
Hour Exams: 60% of quarterly grade
Essay 2: 50% of quarterly grade
Quizzes / Class participation: 15% of quarterly grade
Hour Exams: 35% of quarterly grade
Each quarter’s grade will be worth 40% of your final grade; a final exam will constitute the final 20%.
I will assess students’ progress as writers based on the following rubric:
A writing is characterized by absolute clarity and original thought. A essays expertly incorporate objective details and
subjective perspectives on those details. They also reflect voices that are as wise as they are vivid, as intuitive as
they are organized. An A essay is rare. Effort alone will not merit an A.
B writing is characterized by above-average achievement. Few errors appear. If an essay reveals occasional excellence and
general competence, it is likely a B essay.
C writing reflects average engagement with the task at hand. C essays are not bad, though they often evince errors in
grammar and mechanics; rather, they are not especially good.
D writing is characterized by an intrusive lack of coherence or a lack of awareness of the assignment.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & POLICIES
Each student will be issued a copy of The Norton Anthology of British Literature. This text must be brought to class daily, along with notebook and paper. I will also occasionally assign reading material from the internet and from handouts. Hamlet should be read using this url, which is the definitive online text: http://www.folgerdigitaltexts.org/?chapter=5&play=Ham&loc=p7.
Essays should be submitted on time. Late essays will be docked a letter grade for each day they are late.
Barring exceptional circumstances, students who have excused absences must make up missed assignments within a week of the original due date.
Students must complete all major assignments to pass the course.
Also, MSMS’ academic honesty regulations apply to every activity in this course. Do not cheat.
19 Parents Day
21 English lyrics and sonnets
23 English lyrics and sonnets
25 English lyrics and sonnets
28 Essay 1 Due
30 Test 1
1 Shakespeare, sonnet selections; Extended weekend
6 Shakespeare, sonnet selections
8 Shakespeare, sonnet selections
20 Twelfth Night
22 Twelfth Night
25 Twelfth Night
29 Test 2
6 Marvell; Extended weekend
13 Swift; Begin second quarter
23 In-class essay
25 Research paper
27 Research paper
30 Research paper
1 Behn; research paper due
10 Johnson (2811-12); Review
13 Test 3