Thursday, April 26, 2012

"Nonquiz" survey of works

Here are the results from the "nonquiz" you took on Tuesday. The information on the other questions varied quite a bit, so it isn't tabulated here.

1. Which of the authors from this semester had you read prior to enrolling in this class?

18__ Mark Twain
6__Edith Wharton
0__Charles W. Chesnutt
8__Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
7__Jack London
2___Wallace Stevens
7___Stephen Crane
17__Robert Frost
0___Paul Laurence Dunbar
9___Ernest Hemingway
13___Emily Dickinson

2. Which of these classic works from 1865-1940 have you read before taking this class?

7___ Crane, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
4____Crane, The Red Badge of Courage
5___ Wharton, The House of Mirth
3___ Wharton, The Age of Innocence
1___ James, The Portrait of a Lady
1___ James, Daisy Miller
5___ Chopin, The Awakening
0___ Chesnutt, The House Behind the Cedars or The Marrow of Tradition
18___ Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
12___ Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
1___ Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night
3___ Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
0___ Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
13___ Frost, “Stopping by Woods,” “Fire and Ice,” “Birches,” (etc.)
9___ Dickinson, “Success is Counted Sweetest,” “I heard a fly buzz,” etc.

Did this theme (popular then/classic now) and more intensive focus on fewer authors work well for you, or would you have preferred a general survey?

2____Teach as survey (previous version)
17____Teach as theme (current version)

6. In the future, should the assignments in this course be as they were this semester or as they have been traditionally?

18_____ This semester: 2 short papers (3-4 pages) plus 1 optional short creative paper that allows dropping the lowest short paper grade; 1 longer paper/project that can be based on a short paper.

1_____Previous semesters: 1 medium-length paper (5-7 pages) and 1 longer paper (8-10 pages)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Papers and Skype

If you want to talk to me tomorrow, I will be on Skype from 10-12 and again after 3 p.m.

Some of you asked about extensions; if you have not yet taken an extension and would like to do so, please email me.

Final Presentations Schedule

Tuesday, April 24

Ashina Sipiora
Jessica Gober
Amanda Renslow
Chris Kiick
Alyssa Guyll
Talon Seiler
Bushra Zaman
Amy Nellis

Thursday, April 26
Melissa Juhnke
Stefanie Eggers
Stevie Morrow
Christine Sweet, Ryan Carli
Haley Hamilton
Samantha Summers
Carmen Nugent
Taylor Armstrong

Monday, April 16, 2012


Don't worry if you didn't do Paper 3 and see a 0 in that spot; it doesn't mean anything, since only the top 2 papers in that category will count. Angel requires that a numerical grade be listed, so that's why there might be a zero there.

The same holds true for other grades, too, where the lowest grade in the category will be dropped; a zero (if something is optional) is just a placeholder. It does not mean that you were penalized for not doing the blog option instead of the report or vice versa.

I haven't posted the report grades yet, but the other grades we've completed thus far should be in Angel.

Do NOT rely on Angel's calculations. As I mentioned in a previous post, sometimes it's impossible to get it to recognize the correct number of total points, as with the precis.

Extra Credit blog post due 4/19

This Thursday, 4/19, you have the opportunity to write an additional blog post or respond to the posts last week if you haven't done so already. A post or response by 4/19 will count as extra credit.

Note, though, that I will NOT be looking at your blogs after 4/19; I will only count whatever is posted by 9 p.m. on 4/19.

I'd like you to reflect on one of the following:

1) The Sun Also Rises


2) Your favorite work this semester (and why)


3) Did you feel that the blogging experience was helpful to you? Why or why not?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Monday, April 9, 2012

Exam 2 if you kept a blog and did a report

As stated on the syllabus, if you kept a blog and did the report, you don't have to take this exam and don't have to come to class tomorrow.

If you do decide to take the exam, I will drop the lowest of the three grades (blog/report/exam) when calculating your grades.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Study Guide for Exam 2 has been posted

The study guide for Exam 2 has been posted. You can get to it by clicking on Assignments in the sidebar or from this direct link:

Friday, April 6, 2012

Precis grades in Angel

For some reason, Angel is reporting the Precis grades as being out of a total of 100 points instead of 35 points (which is correct). I've tried to change this but can't.

Angel is apt to be highly inaccurate when reporting averages and so on, so always calculate these yourself using the percentages on the syllabus.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Precis is due tomorrow; Reports will be on Thursday

The precis assignment is due tomorrow. I've added a dropbox for the precis to Angel so that you can upload the assignment if you are using a link to a journal article rather than a photocopy. The same guidelines are in effect as for the papers: paper versions are due in class, and electronic versions are due by 9 p.m.

We will finish the group discussions of Summer tomorrow and move on to the Fitzgerald stories. As I mentioned in class, the reports have been moved to Thursday, April 5.