Course : Introduction to Reading and Writing about Literature
- Course Number
- Section Number
- x20 & x21
- Spring 2021
- Bea Wood Hall, ONLINE COURSE
- Dr. Peter Fields
- Days & Times
- Final Exam Day/Time
- Friday, April 23, 2021 12:00 am
DISCUSSION FORUM, TOPIC, and the THREAD
The most dynamic point of contact between your thinking and that of the instructor is the THREAD. Go to CONTENT in D2L. Click on the relevant Discussion Forum. Next to the forum’s title is a drop-down arrow for VIEW TOPIC. Click on that topic for an opportunity to start a THREAD.
A THREAD is a paragraph (or more than one) that you draft for input from the instructor. You can copy and paste from your own document. NOTE: do NOT use the attachment feature. Put the paragraph(s) directly into the text box for the THREAD. When you submit the THREAD, D2L notifies the instructor who replies with input about your paragraph. Students can OPEN anyone’s THREAD.
The THREAD is optional; it is for those who want input before submitting their assignment to the drop box for a grade. The THREAD is only useful if the submitter does so in a timely fashion.
If students submit a paragraph (or even a whole PowerPoint) by email attachment, the instructor will examine it for the most obvious concerns. If the student then feels confident, he or she can submit the word-content to the THREAD for closer word-for-word inspection and specific suggestions.
SUBMISSION TO THE DROP BOX
Students must submit their PowerPoints and Essay as documents to the DROP BOX in order for them to be evaluated (by feedback box and attached rubric) and graded. The PowerPoints cannot simply be a link or URL. I do NOT have permission to open password-protected links in Google.
The DROP BOX for an assignment opens on a Friday at 12 AM. It closes on a Monday evening at 11 PM. If you are late or, for some reason, locked out, please contact me by your regular email and ask for SPECIAL ACCESS. The penalty for late submission is 10 points.
Tentative Schedule & Due Dates for the Drop Box
January 11-15 Week 1
Discussion Forum and Topic for POWERPOINT 1: The RSC Tempest and Forbidden Planet.
Follow along in our Arden book as you watch the RSC Tempest. Find the 2016 RSC Tempest (directed by Gregory Doran) in the library database Digital Theatre Plus. You need ONE description paragraph for RSC Tempest. Start a thread with a descriptionparagraph.
January 18 MLK Holiday
Find the 1956 film (directed by Fred Wilcox) in the library database SWANK. Start a thread with a description paragraph for a moment in Forbidden Planet.
January 25-29 Week 3
Start a thread with a SECOND description paragraph for a different moment in Forbidden Planet.
February 1-5 Week 4
For PowerPoint 1, google search terms and the word “images” for 2016 RSC Tempest (Doran). Then do the same for Forbidden Planet. Try to get images from the films that are close to what you are describing.
February 8-12 Week 5
This is the last week for a THREAD for input into your description paragraphs for PowerPoint 1.
February 15-19 Week 6
The DROP BOX for PowerPoint 1 (RSC Tempest & FP) opens 12 AM Friday morning (Feb 19) and closes 11 PM, Monday evening (Feb 22).
February 22-26 Week 7
Discussion Forum and Topic for PowerPoint 2: Taymor’s The Tempest & Miyazaki’s Kiki’s Delivery Service. Follow along in our Arden as you watch Julie Taymor’s THE TEMPEST (2010) with Helen Mirren as Prospera (instead of Prospero). Find the movie in the library database SWANK. Start a thread for a description paragraph. Google search terms and images for Taymor’s Tempest.
March 1-5 Week 8
You need to purchase and watch the 1989 English version (Disney) of Miyazaki’s Kiki’s Delivery Service. The voice director is Jack Fletcher. The voice for Kiki is a very young Kirsten Dunst. Phil Hartman voices her cat Jiji. Start a thread for a description paragraph. Google search terms and images for Kiki.
March 8-12 Week 9
Start another thread for a SECOND description paragraph for Taymor’s Tempest; then start a SECOND description paragraph for Kiki’s Delivery Service.
March 15-19 Week 10
Last week for THREADS for PowerPoint 2!
March 22-26 Week 11
The DROP BOX for PowerPoint 2 (Taymor & Miyazaki) opens 12 AM Friday morning (March 26) and closes 11 PM, Monday evening (March 29).
March 29-April 2 Week 12
Discussion Forum and Topic for ESSAY: Comparison with RSC Tempest
Start a thread for Supporting Paragraphs (pars. 4 and 5) of the Essay.
April 5-9 Week 13
Start a thread for introductory paragraph and conclusion for the Essay.
April 12-16 Week 14
Last week for THREADS for ESSAY.
April 19-23 Week 15
The DROP BOX for the Essay opens 12 AM Friday morning (April 23) and closes 11 PM Monday evening (April 26).
April 26-29 Finals Week
We do NOT have a Final Exam. The Essay serves as our Final. The closing time for the drop box is Monday evening (April 26) at 11 PM.
The Arden Shakespeare: The Tempest. Revised Edition: Bloomsbury. Paperback. ISBN 978-1-4081-3347-7. Please get as soon as possible.
The Little Seagull Handbook with Exercises. W.W. Norton and Company. Third Edition. ISBN 978-0-393-60264-7. Comments in rubric will refer to chapters and pages in the Little Seagull.
Required adaptations and performances related to Shakespeare’s The Tempest:
The RSC The Tempest (2016; directed by Gregory Doran), Forbidden Planet (1956; directed by Fred Wilcox), and The Tempest (2010; directed by Julie Taymor) are available for free any time in the library databases. The RSC Tempest is in DIGITAL THEATRE PLUS; Forbidden Planet and Taymor’s 2010 Tempest is in SWANK. Start at MSU Portal (user name & password); on the left in the TAKE ME TO list, click on LIBRARY DATABASES; then look under “D” and “S.”
Students have to purchase their own copy of Disney’s1998 English Language version of Hayao Miyazaki’s Kiki’s Delivery Service, which features Kirsten Dunst as the voice of Kiki and Phil Hartman as the voice of Jiji.
Read Shakespeare’s The Tempest in our Arden book.
For PowerPoints, each paragraph describes a key moment in a scene.
For the Essay, compare RSC Tempest with one of our other films.
Engage in a writing process that includes invention, drafting, and revision.
Utilize credible supporting sources in our essays.
Use our models for MLA citing.
Demonstrate proficient use of Standard Written English.
ENGL 1153 Power Point Rubric (tentative/approximate model)
Modern people Topic Idea (beginning of par.) about modern people (1 or 2 sentences).
Topic idea about modern people
The topic idea is problematic.
Topic ideas seem to be missing
Insights (“We”) Return to and refine idea about modern people just before quote: express as “we” (1 or 2 sentences).
Insights come just before a quote.
Insights are problematic.
Insights seem to be missing.
Description Specific “sensory” details capture what we are seeing and hearing in the film.
Descriptive details are sufficient
Entry lacks adequate description.
Description seems to be missing.
Quote comes after insight & before quote. If from play, provide numbers for act, scene, lines - e.g. (1.2.10-11).
Student provides relevant quote to close paragraph.
Quotes are problematic.
Quotes seem to be missing
Readability, format, creativity
Features effective phrasing, word-choice. PowerPoint is effective aesthetically. Follows directions.
Phrasing, word choice are mostly clear; format mostly correct; the aesthetic effective.
Phrasing, format, or aesthetic may be problematic.
Profound concerns undermine readability
For PowerPoint 1 – For the RSC Tempest and Forbidden Planet, we need ONE description paragraph for RSC Tempest, and TWO description paragraphs for Forbidden Planet.
For PowerPoint 2 – For Taymor’s Tempest & Miyazaki’s Kiki’s Delivery Service, we need one description paragraph for one of the movies and TWO description paragraphs for the other (your choice as to which movie gets two).
ENGL 1153 Essay Rubric - Comparison (tentative/approximate)
Introduction Explains comparison of RSC Tempest w. one of our other movies.
Explains relevant comparison of RSC Tempest w. one of our other movies.
Comparison seems to be missing.
Ideas offer “we” insight before quote in description paragraphs; all pars. start with ideas about modern people; explains author’s ideas in supporting source prior to quote from that source;
Description paragraphs start with modern people idea; provides “we” insight prior to quote. Supporting paragraphs explain author’s ideas prior to quote from author.
Explanations seems to be missing.
Description Sensory details capture what we are seeing and hearing, including at end of supporting paragraphs and beginning of conclusion.
Description is adequate, including at end of supporting pars & beginning of conclusion.
Description seems to be missing.
Quotes Description pars end with quote from movie; sup. pars end with quote from the sup. source w. parenthetical page if provided in PDF.
Student provides relevant quotes.
Quotes seem to be missing
Readability & format Effective phrasing, word-choice, and format.
Phrasing, word choice mostly clear; format mostly correct.
Phrasing, format problematic.
Profound problem with readability & format
In D2L the class list (under communication) indicates the most recent date the students have logged into the course. I will use D2L to track attendance.
Submission to the Drop Box/Special Access
All assignments must be submitted to the drop box in order to be graded and counted. If you are locked out of the drop box, you need to email the instructor and ask for SPECIAL ACCESS. The late penalty for missing a due date’s 11 PM closing of the drop box is 10 points out of 100.
Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
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