- Essay 1: Close reading of a text using selected literary terms.
- Essay 2: Close reading of a text in the context of a theoretical or historical source.
- Essay 3: Close reading of a text in the context of at least three secondary sources that the student finds through research.
- Research Assignment: An annotated bibliography with at least three relevant sources, produced en route to Essay 3.
- Portfolio: In a cover letter, students reflect on the writing practice they gained through their pre-drafts, drafts, and revisions over the course of the semester.
- Short presentation: After completing the annotated bibliography, students will deliver a brief presentation on one of their research sources for the class.
Your coursework for the semester will be weighted as follows:
Essay 1: Close Reading (4 – 5 pages) – 15%
Essay 2: Lens Analysis (5 – 6 pages) – 20%
Essay 3: Scholarly Research Essay (7 – 9 pages) – 30%
Annotated Bibliography and Presentation – 5%
Blog Posts/Homework – 10%
Participation and Portfolio – 20%
Late and Missed Assignments, Drafts, and Final Essays
Late exercises and formal drafts will not receive written feedback. Submitting work late and failing to submit work at all make it much harder for you to do well on the essay.
If you do not submit any first draft of an assignment, the final essay grade will be lowered by one whole grade (e.g. from a B to a C). For late final drafts, your grade will be lowered by 1/3 (e.g. from a B- to a C+) beginning the minute after the deadline. The grade will continue to go down by a third of a letter grade every 24 hours until the essay is submitted. All work must be submitted online and in class by the deadline in order to be considered on time.