Important Announcements and UpdatesI have graded the and posted your grades for the semester
These grades contain generous scaling, including bonus points and adjustments, and all extra credit opportunities were announced in class and were also posted here as well as on the main page. extra credit or other things you can do to bring your average up since you were almost passing
may be picked up in the Spring 2015 semester, by appointment only.
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evaluating students’ recognition and comprehension of material studied during the previous weeks. The first part (objective) is closed book: no books, notes, electronic devices, or any other materials may be used; students using any devices or other materials or with anything on their desks other than the exam itself will receive a zero. You may use a dictionary and/or thesaurus during the short essay portion of the exam only, and the actual texts themselves (books or handouts only), but no other materials, either electronic or hard-copy. This is not a research essays; use of secondary sources, whether credited or not, will be considered grounds for failure.
In addition,all failing essays may be revised; essays receiving a passing grade may also be revised and resubmitted, but only after the student has met with the instructor during office hours to discuss revisions.
ask for ; extra credit to bring your average up final grades will already contain generous scaling, and all extra credit opportunities were announced in class and were also posted here as well as on the main page.
In addition, several students were surprised by their projected grades, despite grade projections having been available almost every class for the past eight weeks. All projections are based on work submitted to date, including attendance and class participation, quizzes, a minimum of five response papers, and the research paper project: topic selection, annotated bibliography, and final draft, submitted in a folder with photocopies or printouts of all sources and supporting materials.
As a reminder, students who received a grade of F may submit a revision next Thursday; students who received a passing grade (D or better) may also submit a revision, but only after meeting with me during office hours (by appointment only) to discuss revisions. I am currently still free next Monday, from 11:00 to 12:00.
Revisions must be substantially revised, not merely “corrected” versions of the original essay (revisions should be based upon the Revising and Editing Checklist and relevant information from class), and must be submitted with the original graded essay and/or draft(s) attached. Evidence of substantial revision may result in a better grade for the assignment.
If you did not submit a completedon time, you have a grade of 0 and may not submit a “revision.”
Finally, as a reminder: the period for Automatic Withdrawal ended three weeks ago, on Friday, November 7.e at least two to three pages (500-750 words). include independent analysis and demonstrate careful thought, but no research is necessary, nor should any secondary sources be used. This is not a research essay; the only sources utilized or quoted should be the texts themselves. Use of secondary sources, whether credited or not, will be considered grounds for failure. Although these are personal responses, and therefore there is no "correct" answer, remember that they are still formal essays: in your analyses, formulate a clear, explicit, assertive (persuasive), objectively-worded thesis statement, and avoid use of "I" or "you" throughout. Do not attempt to address all aspects of the text, but carefully focus your topic, and avoid merely paraphrasing or summarizing the work. Be sure to support your answers with specific references to the work. Essays must be typed, double-spaced, and grammatically correct; essays will be evaluated according to the Model for Evaluation of Student Writing.
Thursday, October 2:
I have posted the two new response paper topic choices on the main page. Response paper topic 4 is due next class, Thursday, October 9; it asks you to address Matheson's novel and his response to the 1961/1964 film, The Last Man on Earth. Response paper topic 5, however, requires you to discuss the text and both The Last Man on Earth and I Am Legend (2007). Therefore, it is not due until the following week, on Thursday, October 16, after we have seen I Am Legend in class.
Wednesday, October 1:
While Richard Matheson's I Am Legend is clearly a precursor to many of today's vampire and zombie films, it is also squarely within the traditional literary genre of survival narratives, from Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe (and the story of Alexander Selkirk from which it derives) through The Swiss Family Robinson, Castaway starring Tom Hanks, and even in some ways Cormac McCarthy's novel The Road. Discuss I Am Legend [the novel, not the movie] in terms of the protagonist's struggle to survive, with reference to the basic needs of food, shelter, and so on. How is more akin to say, Robinson Crusoe than to Dracula, The Walking Dead, or other similar horror novels, movies, and programs?
Tuesday, September 30:
I will also return and discuss your Research Project Topics, as well as discussing the process of conducting research and finding appropriate sources for this assignment.
In addition, it might be of interest to note that Allium sativum, or garlic, is a species in the onion genus, Allium. Its close relatives include the leek, onion, shallot, and chive.
And finally, in “The HΩmega Man,” from The Simpsons episode 5F02, “Treehouse of Horror VIII”: in a parody of The Ωmega Man with Charlton Heston (1971), based on Matheson’s I Am Legend, Homer is apparently the last person alive in Springfield—after France uses a neutron bomb, in retaliation for Mayor Quimby’s jokes about frog legs
Thursday, September 18:
should include independent analysis and demonstrate careful thought, but no research is necessary, nor should any secondary sources be used. This is not a research essay; the only sources utilized or quoted should be the texts themselves. Use of secondary sources, whether credited or not, will be considered grounds for failure. Although these are personal responses, and therefore there is no "correct" answer, remember that they are still formal essays: in your analyses, formulate a clear, explicit, assertive (persuasive), objectively-worded thesis statement, and avoid use of "I" or "you" throughout. Do not attempt to address all aspects of the text, but carefully focus your topic, and avoid merely paraphrasing or summarizing the work.
Also, remember “The Speech”? The count is now two.
Sunday, September 14:
I have posted information about the additional Response Paper topic on the main page. If you choose to write on this topic, it is due at the start of class on Thursday. In addition, your Research Paper Topic Selection is also due at the start of class on Thursday. Be sure to follow instructions carefully.
Also, as noted in class, consider the following for the discussion on Thursday. How does the 1951 movie The Thing from Another World differ from the original “Who Goes There?” by John W. Campbell? What changes are introduced, and why? Think about the presence of the newspaper reporter, and the potential conflicts introduced; the civilian scientist, including his appearance and behavior, in opposition to the military characters; Miss Nicholson, a strong, dominant female character; and the creature itself, including its description, appearance, and nature. Also consider the level of violence or “body horror” (or lack thereof), especially in terms of cultural norms and cinematic technology of the early 1950s. Finally, consider the elements familiar to viewers of films from the 1940s and 1950s that may seem dated, unusual, or even jarring today: the film techniques, sets, special effects, acting, and music. Also note the prevalence of smoking, the contemporary historical or scientific references (such as Bikini), the overlapping dialogue in some scenes (reminiscent of some films by Robert Altman), and the standard burning stuntman running away, an image duplicated repeatedly even in today's films.
As announced in class, you should read “Who Goes There?” by John W. Campbell before next class. In addition, if you choose to submit Response Paper 1, it is due at the start of class next week:
In “Who Goes There? "Real Men Only'” (The Free Library. 2005 Extrapolation 03 Sep. 2014), the author suggests that a central concern of John W. Campbell's story is the boundary between self and other, between human and non-human, and the precariousness of this boundary. The article asserts, “the thing challenges our ideas of human self in two ways: first, it challenges the idea that self is unique and contained given that the thing can imitate any self and that its 'self' only grows by taking over and becoming others; second, the thing challenges our idea of the human as something defined through its differences from animals, as the thing becomes either with equal ease.” Explore the concept of selfhood and individuality as expressed in Campbell's “Who Goes There?” How might this concern reflect elements of the culture of the late 1930s? You might consider demographic, sociological, or even political changes in the period.
Remember, students are only required to complete a minimum of five response papers during the semester, so if this topic does not appeal to you, do not feel you must write it. Additional response paper topics will be posted as the semester progresses.
Be sure to read the syllabus carefully and to follow directions.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014:
The main page and syllabus will both be updated for the Fall 2014 semester
The previous semester's page, for Fall 2103, is located
If you are looking for the previous announcements, they are here.
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