Section III.A: Due Dates and Grading Criteria for Literary Journals

1. *Literary Journal Submission #1 (see Section III.E of this packet) (0-100 points), due 3/18

Required responses from readings in categories:

"Growing Up and Growing Older"

"The American Dream"

"Women and Men"

2. *Literary Journal Submission #2 (see Section III.F of this packet) (0-100 points), due 5/8

Required responses from readings in categories:

"Money and Work"

"Peace and War"

"Varieties of Protest"

"Protest Songs"

3. Grading Criteria:

IMPORTANT NOTE: Quantity counts–I’m looking for lots of thoughtful content. I need more than a few wimpy and superficial sentences in a journal entry. Thus, I’m looking at the completeness of the specified category/categories.

--I will deduct points for missing and/or superficial entries.

--Don’t worry if you don’t like a reading, for I don’t expect you to love every selection that I have assigned.

--On the other hand, do defend your reasons for liking or disliking a work with specifics, not generalities.

--Use one of the suggested ideas (Section III.D, "Some Ideas for Developing Entries in a Literary Journal") to respond to each selection, but if another idea strikes you, don’t be afraid to go with it. Ask me if you’re not sure.

--In my grading criteria, I will not be focusing specifically on grammar, spelling, and punctuation. For the journal I’m more interested in seeing the flow of your ideas. Grammar and punctuation are revision issues, and you will not be revising the journal.

--However, do run your document through a quick spell check. Realize, however, that spell checks can't tell you when to use "they're," "their," or "there."

--Note: if your writing errors are pervasive (more than I would expect from a draft written by a college student) and impede on coherence, I will be speaking with you about seeking Learning Resource Center (LRC) help. Thus, unclear writing would have to lower your grade. Also, if your writing style seems immature or simplistic (not college level), again I may recommend LRC help.

--Don't wait until the last minute to write up your entries; remember, this is a semester project, broken down into two submission periods, so, if you keep up with your reading and respond in your journal soon after reading, you’ll have no problem keeping up with the journal. You might even find the process enjoyable.

--However, if you try to write up your journal the night before each submission is due, you’ll find writing it an onerous and probably an unsuccessful task–believe it or not, I’ll be able to tell if you have pulled an all-nighter.

If you encounter difficulty in reading the selections, I encourage you to get help from the Learning Resource Center for reading strategies.

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