GENERAL INFO AND COURSE MATERIALS FOR ENGLISH 9H, "PORTRAITS OF THE ARTIST":
- COURSE DESCRIPTION AND REQUIREMENTS (DOWNLOAD AND READ)
- BLOG/DISCUSSION LEADERSHIP GUIDELINES AND ADVICE (DOWNLOAD AND READ)
- BLOG/DISCUSSION SIGN-UP SCHEDULE (will be posted once everyone signs up)
- FILES AND LINKS GIVING YOU GOOD ADVICE ABOUT WRITING ANALYTICAL PAPERS, SUCH AS WHAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A STRONG AND WEAK THESIS; HOW TO TAKE YOUR USE OF TEXTUAL EVIDENCE (QUOTATIONS) TO THE NEXT LEVEL; HOW AND WHY TO USE A "COUNTER-ARGUMENT" IN A PAPER; ETC.
- "How 2 Not Write Bad" and other files and links giving you good, clear advice about how to avoid common punctuation errors and other mistakes (things your previous English teachers may not have told you)
- Swarthmore gives severe penalties for plagiarism (academic dishonesty). See my note on what plagiarism is and why you nevertheless SHOULDN'T be afraid of collaborating with others and borrowing good ideas from them (but be sure to give credit where credit is due).
Correct as of Sept. 8, 2015. Please let me know of any errors or if changes need to be made.
Deadline for your 2 blog posts: 8pm the night before class (to allow others time to access it before class). FOR YOUR FIRST POST, PLEASE CONSULT THE BLOG POST AND DISCUSSION LEADERSHIP GUIDELINES posted above. Questions? Prof. Schmidt will be happy to talk with you ahead of time
All students will receive feedback on their blog posts.
Office: LPAC 206
Office hours, Fall 2016: TTh 11:15 - noon, and by appointment.
plus other info about the course, including discussion and writing skills all English Literature first-year seminars focus on improving. DOWNLOAD AND READ THIS DOCUMENT DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF CLASS; YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KNOWING ITS CONTENTS.
Download this and study it before you do your first post and lead your first class discussion.
As I mention in the guidelines, I'll be happy to advise you beforehand regarding both the post and how to lead discussion--but read these guidelines first.
DUE Sept. 25 (Friday), uploaded to our English 9H Moodle site using the below. Use Word .docx or .doc format only please, not pdf etc.
4-6pp., double-spaced, on The Arabian Nights OR a Shakespeare sonnet. Danticat may also be discussed, but the primary focus should be either Arabian Nights or a sonnet.