Assignment Outcomes
  • Students will be able to articulate an idea from this class and, if asked, teach it to someone else through the medium of their chosen project.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate reinforcement of an idea learned in class.
Relevant Course Outcomes
  • Students will be able to identify and analyze the textual, historical, and cultural contexts of works of literature.
  • Students will be able to read works of literature closely and thoroughly.

Further goals of this assignment:
  • Look at an idea you have learned in this class from a different, perhaps creative, angle
  • Have some fun with our work
  • Take a break from the stress of the end of the semester!

Work Day: November 21 (in class)
Due: November 30 (midnight)
Logistics: Turn in through Project Day assignment link under "Assignments" in Blackboard
  • Please note that this is not a Turnitin assignment, so, when you click the link, it will look different than previous assignments (the reason for this is that Turnitin will not accept photos, links, etc., which may be what you will need to turn in for this assignment)
  • You may and are encouraged to turn in the hard copies of projects to me; however, give me some evidence of your project (i.e. attach a file or a photo, paste in a link, etc.) under "Assignments" on Blackboard (I do not want to overlook your project by accident)

We have marched through time, read texts of different genres and levels of difficulty, discussed the relationship of medieval/Early Modern though to today, considered how the history of these time periods affected the literature, and much more. It is a lot to take in, let alone remember, so this is a chance to focus more closely on one aspect of what you have studied and perhaps help out a future student.

  • Reflect on what we have read, discussed, and learned about this semester. Think about what readings, activities, or discussions stood out to you. What specific nugget of thought seemed significant to you?
  • Imagine that we are creating a time capsule for a future section of this course. You want to develop some way to teach that class about this specific idea.
  • Design a project that you could include in this time capsule that will help students in a future class understand your chosen idea.
    • Questions to ask yourself: What would help someone else learn this idea? What would be a creative way to get this idea across? What would I find interesting about this idea?

  • Notes:
    • It is your choice how complex/time-consuming/big a project you do. It does not have to be a massive/time-consuming project (unless it is your choice to make it so or you want to use this project for some stress relief here at the end of the semester).
    • How much Project Day is worth: (from syllabus) "Projects: Graphic Novel Essay/Project Day: 15%"
    • Think small: what specific/focused idea can you teach to a future class?
    • STRONGLY SUGGESTED: run your idea by Dr. T before settling on it

  • Rules:
    • Besides the following two limitations, you are only restricted by your own imagination.
    • Your project cannot be an essay (you are already doing plenty of that!).
    • If you have chosen to do the Course Research: Option 3 Creative Option, you may not choose to do a creative writing for Project Day (thus, if you are doing any of the other options for your Course Research, a creative writing piece is an option for Project Day).

What "Idea" Can I Teach?
The following are suggestions only (i.e. there are many more possibilities):
  • Any reading or part (even passage-size) of a reading from the course
  • Any concept from a reading or part of a reading from the course
  • Any author from the course
  • Any character in a reading from the course
  • Any relevant history
  • Any point of discussion
  • Etc.

Suggestions of How to Get Started:
  • Think about what ideas have stood out to you during the class
  • Read through the syllabus to refresh your memory
  • Read through your wiki (or someone else's) to refresh your memory
  • Read through the Unit wiki pages
  • Think about your hobbies or what you are good at:
    • What skills do I have?
    • What is my major?
    • Could I apply any of my hobbies?
    • What do I enjoy doing?
  • You have been through the class: what is a project that would have helped you understand one of the ideas?
  • Bounce ideas off of Dr. T or a classmate

Examples of Past Projects:

How Project Day Will Be Graded
  • Project Day will be worth 100 Activity points.
  • Assignment taken seriously
  • Significant effort put into project
  • Accurate information incorporated into the project
  • Influence of readings on project is easily recognizable
  • (If applicable) grammatically correct
  • (If applicable) not torn/broken/dented/etc.
  • Assignment mostly taken seriously
  • Clear effort put into project
  • Mostly accurate information incorporated into the project
  • Influence of readings on project is recognizable
  • (If applicable) mostly grammatically correct
  • (If applicable) not torn/broken/dented/etc.
  • Lacks seriousness
  • Average effort put into project
  • Some inaccuracies in information incorporated into the project
  • Influence of readings on project is difficult to recognize
  • (If applicable) some grammar errors
  • (If applicable) somewhat torn/broken/dented/etc.
  • Does not take assignment seriously
  • Limited effort put into project
  • Inaccuracies in information incorporated into the project
  • Influence of readings on project is not recognizable
  • (If applicable) significant grammar errors
  • (If applicable) significantly torn/broken/dented/etc.
  • Not complete
  • No effort put into project
***+ or - grades will be assessed for work that falls between these categories