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Dr. Mark Jordan ~ ENGL 1302: Composition & Literature

Assignments (Note that I stopped updating and using this calendar after Fall 2012.  I am including this note because the calendar is linked to in various places, and a student may reach it when I no longer intend that.  Sorry for any confusion.)

You will find a Calendar of Assignments in table form below.  Assignments requiring access to a link within my website will include a live link to allow you access.  Assignments not requiring access to my website links and which are to be done entirely within Blackboard will not contain live links.  Note that all assignments, whether requiring access to my website or not, are to be submitted via Blackboard.

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Calendar of Assignments

All major and daily assignments will be posted here beginning the first week of class.

Assignment #
Type
Description
Due Date
Weight

ONE

Learning about the course

Here in my website (not Blackboard), use the menu bar at the top or bottom of this Assignment Calendar and read three important links:  Welcome, Syllabus, and Getting Started.  You will read important info on course requirements and how the course works.

Please read by Thursday, August 30th

Not a graded assignment

TWO
In Blackboard, submit "Getting Started" responses as a Rich Text file.
Once you have activated your OC email account and logged in to Blackboard, first read the Announcements.  Then locate the menu to the left and select Assignments.  Then select Daily Grades on the next screen.  Select Getting Started and follow the further instructions.
Due by midnight, Friday, August 31st
One daily grade; average of all daily grades counts 20% of course

THREE

In Blackboard, do the first Discussion Board topic, Getting to Know Each Other

Log in to Blackboard.  Click on Assignments, then click on Daily Grades.  Scroll down past the getting Started assignment and click on Getting To Know Each Other.  Follow the further instructions.

Due by midnight, Friday, August 31st

Part of attendance grade; average of all discussion group grades counts 5% of course

FOUR

In Blackboard, submit Quiz One (on Theme) as a Rich Text file.

Within Blackboard, select Assignments in the menu on the left, then enter Daily Grades.  Find the Quiz One assignment and complete it according to the further instructions there.   This is an open-book quiz.  Note that this and most following assignments cannot be accessed until the particular assignment is opened by me in Blackboard.

Due by midnight, Tuesday, September 4th

One daily grade

FIVE

In Blackboard, submit Quiz Two (on Literary Devices) as a Rich Text file.

Within Blackboard, select Assignments in the menu on the left, then enter Daily Grades.  Find the Quiz Two assignment and complete it according to the further instructions there.   This is an open-book quiz.

Due by midnight, Wednesday, September 5th

One daily grade

SIX

In Blackboard, submit Quiz Three (on Basic Interpretive Strategy) as a Rich Text file.

Within Blackboard, select Assignments in the menu on the left, then enter Daily Grades.  Find the Quiz Three assignment and complete it according to the further instructions there.   This is an open-book quiz.

Due by midnight, Thursday, September 6th

One daily grade

SEVEN

Submit this first worksheet, on "Cathedral," in Blackboard as a Rich Text file.

You may access this worksheet either from the link at the end of this instruction, or from within Blackboard, but you must submit it in Blackboard (web students only).  To access the worksheet, click here once the assignment opens in Blackboard.

Due by midnight, Tuesday, September 11th

One daily grade

EIGHT

In Blackboard, do the second Discussion Board topic

Log in to Blackboard.  Click on Assignments, then click on Daily Grades.  Scroll down past the getting Started assignment and find the Second Discussion Board assignment. Follow the further instructions.

Runs through the date to be announced in Blackboard.  Requires several postings.

Part of attendance grade

NINE

Submit this second worksheet (on "Everyday Use") in Blackboard as a Rich Text file.

You may access this worksheet either from the link at the end of this instruction, or from within Blackboard, but you must submit it in Blackboard (web students only).  To access the worksheet, click here once the assignment opens in Bb.

Due by midnight, Sunday, September 16th

One daily grade

TEN

You will submit this essay in Blackboard as a Rich Text file in Major Grades

This essay will fall due after the first unit test, and is your second major grade.  It is open early to allow students to begin.  Click here to read instructions for this Fiction Essay once it opens.

Due by midnight, Wednesday, October 10th (tentative)

Second major grade, after Fiction Unit Test; counts 10% of course

ELEVEN

In Blackboard, do the third Discussion Board topic

Log in to Blackboard.  Click on Assignments, then click on Daily Grades.  Scroll down and find the Third Discussion Board assignment. Follow the further instructions.

Runs through date to be announced in Blackboard.  Requires several postings.

Part of attendance grade

TWELVE

Submit this third worksheet (on "Greasy Lake") in Blackboard as a Rich Text file.

You may access this worksheet either from the link at the end of this instruction, or from within Blackboard, but you must submit it in Blackboard (web students only).  To access the worksheet, click here once it opens.

Due by midnight, Friday, September 21st

One daily grade

THIRTEEN

Submit this fourth worksheet (on "Sonny's Blues") in Blackboard as a Rich Text file.

You may access this worksheet either from the link at the end of this instruction, or from within Blackboard, but you must submit it in Blackboard (web students only).  To access the worksheet, click here once it opens.

Due by midnight, Friday, September 28th

One daily grade

FOURTEEN

You will submit this unit test in Blackboard, under Major Grades

This is the unit test over the four short fiction stories we have studied.  The test is not timed.  You will access the test in Blackboard, under Major Grades, or here.  You will create a file and save it as Rich Text, just as the worksheets, and you will submit it in Major Grades in Blackboard.

Due by midnight, Monday, February 27th

First major grade; counts 15% of course

FIFTEEN

Submit this worksheet on the first drama ("Trifles) in Bb as a Rich Text file.

You may access the worksheet either from the link here or from within Bb, but you must submit it in Daily Grades in Blackboard.  Click here to access once it opens.

Due by midnight, Friday, March 2nd

One daily grade

SIXTEEN

In Bb, do the fourth Discussion Board topic

This is DB4.  It is accessible only from within Blackboard and will run through the entire Drama unit (two dramas).

Runs through date to be announced in Blackboard.  Requires several postings.

Part of attendance grade

SEVENTEEN

Submit this first of two worksheets on the second drama (A Doll's House) in Bb as a Rich Text file.

You may access the worksheet either from the link here or from within Bb, but you must submit it in Daily Grades in Blackboard.  Click here to access once it opens.

Due by midnight, Friday, March 9th

One daily grade

EIGHTEEN

Submit this second of two worksheets on the second drama (A Doll's House) in Bb as a Rich Text file.

You may access the worksheet either from the link here or from within Bb, but you must submit it in Daily Grades in Blackboard.  Click here to open.

Due by midnight Wednesday, March 21st (the Wednesday after Spring Break)

One daily grade

NINETEEN

You will submit this unit test in Blackboard, under Major Grades

This is the unit test over the two dramas we have studied.  The test is not timed.  You will access the test in Blackboard, under Major Grades, or here.  You will create a file and save it as Rich Text, just as the worksheets, and you will submit it in Major Grades.

Due by midnight, Monday, March 26th

Third major grade; counts 15% of course

TWENTY

In Blackboard, submit the worksheet for the first poem, "Ballad of Birmingham"

Before submitting this worksheet, first read the web links on poetic devices and poetic interpretive strategy, accessible either in the worksheet or in the Writing about Literature link in the menu bar of this Calendar.  Here is the link to the worksheet.

Due by midnight, Friday, April 6th

One daily grade

TWENTY-ONE

In Blackboard, submit the worksheet for the second poem, "The Road Not Taken"

Before submitting this worksheet, first read the web links on poetic devices and poetic interpretive strategy, accessible either in the worksheet or in the Writing about Literature link in the menu bar of this Calendar.  Here is the link to the worksheet.

Due by midnight, Monday, April 9th

One daily grade

TWENTY-TWO

Submit your intro paragraph for your research paper in Blackboard as a Rich Text file.

The link here will take you to complete instructions for the research paper project.  The first thing due is an intro paragraph.  Click here to read the instructions.  It would be wise to print these instructions.

Due by Wednesday, April 4th

One daily grade

TWENTY-THREE

In Bb, do the fifth (and last) Discussion Board topic

This is DB5.  It is accessible only from within Blackboard and will close shortly before Thanksgiving.  Its two topics are the poetry worksheets and the research paper.

Runs through date to be announced in Blackboard.  Requires several postings.

Part of attendance grade

TWENTY-FOUR

In Blackboard, submit the worksheet for the third poem, "Digging"

If need be, you can access the web links on poetic devices and interpretive strategy from within the assignment.  Here is the link to the worksheet.

Due by Friday, April 13th

One daily grade

TWENTY-FIVE

In Blackboard, submit the worksheet for the fourth poem, "Aunt Jennifer's Tigers"

If need be, you can access the web links on poetic devices and interpretive strategy from within the assignment.  Here is the link to the worksheet.

Due by Friday, April 20th

One daily grade

TWENTY-SIX

In Blackboard, submit the rough draft of your Works Cited page as a Rich Text file

Before you can do this assignment, you must first find two secondary sources, then you must learn the MLA citation format.  The assignment in Bb provides links to help; those same links are accessible here in the Writing about Literature link.

Due by Wednesday, April 18th

One daily grade

TWENTY-SEVEN

In Blackboard, submit the worksheet for the fifth poem, "Richard Cory"

If need be, you can access the web links on poetic devices and interpretive strategy from within the assignment.  Here is the link to the worksheet.

Due by Monday, April 23rd

One daily grade

TWENTY-EIGHT

In Blackboard, submit the worksheet for the sixth poem, "Eleanor Rigby"

If need be, you can access the web links on poetic devices and interpretive strategy from within the assignment.  Here is the link to the worksheet.

Due by Friday, April 27th

One daily grade

TWENTY-NINE

In Blackboard, submit the worksheet for the seventh poem, "All Along the Watchtower"

If need be, you can access the web links on poetic devices and interpretive strategy from within the assignment.  Here is the link to the worksheet.

Due by Monday, April 30th

One daily grade

THIRTY

In Blackboard, under Major Grades, submit your Research Paper as a Rich Text file.

Submit this paper as a Rich Text file under Major Grades.  Click here to go to the link containing instructions.

Due by midnight, Wednesday, May 2nd

Fourth major grade; counts 15% of Course Grade

THIRTY-ONE

In Blackboard, under Final Exam, submit your test as a Rich Text file

This final exam is open-book, untimed, and may be taken from your home, as with the other tests.  Click here to access the exam instructions.  Ten point late penalty per day until Thursday.  Finals received after Thursday will earn an F or lower.  Finals not received by Friday morning will earn a grade of zero.  The semester ends Friday, May 11th.

Due by midnight, Tuesday, May 8th

Counts 20% of Course Grade

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