Jerz: Am Lit II (EL 267)

Assignment Categories

Participation and Blogging Portfolios (20%)

This component of your grade evaluates your level of engagement with the subject matter, including preparation and meaningful contributions to the class discussion (both in person and online)

Portfolio 1 (10%)
Portfolio 2 (10%)

The most important components of the portofolio are your blogged agenda items for each assigned reading, as well as a limited number of additional blog entries that ask you to read and reflect upon your peers' blog entries. (I might ask you to write a blog entry that links to conflicting opinions offered by your peers; your blog entry would examine the situation, evaluate the best evidence in favor of the opposing viewpoints, and render a judgment.)

Since classroom discussion of the assigned texts is where most of the learning in this class will take place, the portfolios will also include participation self-assessment worksheets, and a brief reflective essay.

Papers (25%)

Paper 1 Worksheet (2%)
Paper 1 Draft (0%) (Optional, but highly recommended. Bring to my office hours [Mon-Wed] or visit the writing center. I won't be able to look at this on the day your paper is due.)
Paper 1 (8%)

Exercise 2-2 is designed to get you started on Paper 2 (the term paper).
Exercise 2-3 is designed to get you farther into Paper 2.
Paper 2 Final Draft (15%)

Informal Oral Presentations (10%)

Informal 10-15 Min Discussion (3-4 students sign up to present each week. Post your notes on your blog. Present for 5 minutes. Lead class in discussion for 10 minutes. Submit printed documentation of your research -- 1-2 pages.) (5%)

Literary Interpretation (5%)