Grading - SP 367
- In-Class Participation 10%
- Homework 10%
- Quizzes 10%
- Research Papers 10%
- Discussions 10%
- Final Project 5%
- Native Speaker sessions 10%
- Midterm Exam 15%
- Final Exam 20%
Oral participation in class discussions: All students will have the opportunity and the responsibility to participate in class on a regular basis. At random, students will be given the opportunity to respond to an aspect of the theme that the class is discussing. The professor will take notes regarding the relevancy of the response. Willingness to participate, preparedness and creativity will be rewarded at the beginning, but expectations will rise as students become conversant in the material and approach. Students who do not or cannot attend class are unable to participate. They will automatically receive a 0 for that day’s discussion/activity. The following criteria will be used to evaluate class participation:
A range: Very dynamic engagement in all class activities: Student is consistently prepared for class sessions, very often begins interaction, participates actively and promotes participation in partnered and group activities, collaborates keenly in the creation of the learning environment.
C range: Moderate engagement in class activities: Student is irregularly prepared for class sessions, seldom begins interaction, and participates moderately in partnered and group activities.
D range: Very little engagement in class activities: Student is seldom prepared for class sessions, never begins interaction, participates little in partnered and group activities.
F range: No visible engagement in class activities: Student is usually unprepared for class sessions, doesn’t participate in partnered and group activities, and interferes with the creation of the learning environment.
Discussions (10%): You will have oral discussions, which will need to have in consideration: the appropriate grammatical skills, vocabulary, culture and literature learned in class. Each activity should keep in mind the 5C’s and must include the subject and material studied in class. All of those activities will be related to the readings from the class.
Research Papers (10%): Each student will write three (3) research papers (4 - 5 pages). The topics will be discussed in class. It should be well informed and effectively argued. Students are expected to incorporate the critical method outlined in class into the analysis of a short story, or a collection of short stories. Further, these papers must: 1) formulate a clear position and argument; 2) provide supporting evidence with citations from the text(s); 3) present ideas in a well-organized format; and 4) pay close attention to grammatical accuracy, spelling, format, critical thinking, etc.; 5) be turned in on time.
Quizzes (10%): There will be five (5) quizzes during the course of the semester. The quizzes will cover the material (short story and context) studied before each quiz. The questions may include multiple choice, true or false, identifications, and short answers.
Native Speakers Sessions (10%): Regular attendance and active oral participation is mandatory. Native speaker’s sessions meet once a week. You are allowed one absence without penalty. Each absence following will lower your grade; Five absences will earn you a grade of F in Native Speaker (10% of your grade). SIX ABSENCES WILL EARN YOU A GRADE OF F IN THE COURSE.
Final project (5%) The final project will be your interpretation of one or more of our short stories in a different style of art (painting, photography, etc.) You will receive more details later in the semester.
Mid-term (15%) The exam is cumulative and includes everything that has been covered during the first half of the semester.
Final exam (20%) The final exam is comprehensive and cumulative and includes literary theory as well as culture and/or literature. The final exam is during final exam week.