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ENGL 390 - Multicultural Literature
Seminars, Seminar #1, Seminars #2 and #3
Midterm Discussion Paper
Term Project, Topic Selection, Stages, Graded Assignments,
Topic Possibilities, Evaluation Checklist
StudentWriting Term Projects by Engl 390 Students
circumstances in Spring 1998 term have made it impossible for me
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StudentWriting Dialogues by Hum 210/Engl 390 Students
Credit for Active Seminar Participation in each of the three planned Seminar meetings will be awarded if you do the following:
See Week #2 Course Plan for assigned Engl 390 Packet readings.
Some Questions for Thinking and Discussion:
What is multicultural education? What is "monocultural" education? Which kind of education have you had? In your opinion, what should education be?
What are some of the major rationales supporting multicultural education? Do you find them convincing? Why or why not? What role does the study of multicultural/global literatures and cultures play in multicultural education?
How would you summarize the major distinctions among the four curricular models/developmental stages of implementing multicultural education in schools and colleges? An attempt is being made to formalize multicultural/international "infusion" in the curriculum at COCC (see MIC Course Proposal for Hum 210). Do you think Hum 210 (part of an A-list Humanities sequence, one among many choices for degree-seeking students) and/or Engl 390 meet Geneva Gays definition of the "infusion stage"?
After reading the "Discussion Draft: Sequence Proposals Rationale " and the Hum 210 Learning Objectives, and experiencing the Week#1 introduction to Hum210/Engl 390, consider the following questions:
How do you feel about studying Asian cultures and literatures? Why?what factors have shaped your attitude?
Identify what seem to you some of the most significant goals, topics, assumptions, emphases, methods of study, and/or approaches to teaching and learning, etc., proposed to unite coursework in Non-European culture and literature and American multiculturalism.
Have you detected any of these in operation in Hum 210/Engl 390 thus far?
What questions and/or reservations have been raised for you by the sequence proposal, the courses, the learning objectives, and/or the course learning experience thus far?
How do you feel about such study? Why? What do you perceive as the special demands of such study? What are the enablers (for you and/or others)? What are the barriers?
Seminars #2 and #3
Engl 390 students are asked to supply questions for thinking and discussion, to be written on the board at the beginning of class. See Weeks #3 and #4 Course Plan for assigned Engl 390 Packet readings.
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MIDTERM DISCUSSION PAPER
ENGL 390 Midterm Discussion Paper will be assigned in class on Friday, 4/24/98, and workshop groups will be constituted. A Preliminary Draft of the Midterm Discussion paper, with 3 readable copies, is due on Wed., 4/29, when copies will be distributed to your Workshop group members. Readers Reports on drafts will be due on Friday, May 1, when an in-class Workshop will be held to discuss Preliminary Drafts of the Midterm Discussion paper.
FINAL DRAFT DUE: Mon., May 4, 1998
LATE POLICY (from Syllabus): A maximum of one formal graded writing assignment will be accepted late with a one grade penalty. Thereafter, no further late graded writing assignments will be accepted
TOPIC SELECTION AND DESIGN . . . is yours, within these parameters:
1. Choose topic of interest relevant to Hum 210/Engl 390: Choose a topic of interest to you that will allow you to discuss at least one primary Asian "text" (encompassing epic film and handout poetry) that we are studying in Hum 210/Engl 390. Use this assignment to stimulate, for you, a meaningful learning experience, and allow you to delve into a more sustained creative/critical analysis, literary/cinematic interpretation, and/or cross-cultural exploration of selected cross-cultural texts, contexts, and/or issues discussed in class, packets, handouts. Feel free to use or build on your Dialogues and our Seminar discussions, as relevant to your topic. To further get into the spirit of this assignment, see also "[Goals] " reproduced from the Hum 210 Discussion Paper directions handout at the end of this handout.
2. Construct your own working cross-cultural theory & approach. In a preface to or integrated into the body of your Discussion Paper, briefly but clearly and explicitly describe key tenets of your theory and approach to the kind of cross-cultural study and (literary) interpretation that you are undertaking in your Midterm Discussion Paper (e.g., goals or rationale, assumptions about cross-cultural reading and interpretation, your "code of conduct," your methods of inquiry, desirable learning outcomes, etc.). In describing your theory and approach, you are encouraged to address issues relevant to your paper topic which have been raised in Hum 210/Engl 390 course discussions, reading materials, and seminarssuch as the following:
3. Discuss alternative perspectives, limitations of your cross-cultural knowledge and interpretation, and/or gaps between your theory and your practice. Seriously consider and acknowledge possible alternative perspectives/interpretations to your own; limitations of your cross-cultural knowledge, theory, approaches, interpretation; and/or perceived gaps or inconsistencies between your declared theory/approach and your actual practice (your reading/viewing and interpretation of cross-cultural text[s]) in this discussion paper. Include this section either in your preface or in a concluding section, or integrate into the body of your discussion paper.
4. Suggested length: 4-to-5 typed or wordprocessed, double-spaced pages (it shouldnt be shorter than 4 pages, and try not to go over 8 pages);
5. Genre or Writing format: You may write your Midterm Discussion Paper in the form of an essay; however, you are also free choose a different genre or to design a different writing format. If you present your Discussion Paper as an essay, with a thesis (the central point or perspective of your interpretation), even as an argument intended to convince others that your interpretation has validity, note well that you will also have to satisfy the "Alternative Perspectives, Cross-Cultural Limitations, and/or Gaps between Theory and Practice" requirement (#3 described above), either within your essay or in a separate section at the end of your essay. For discussion of the essay and other possible writing formats, see the "The Essay and Other Possible Writing Formats" reproduced from the Hum 210 Discussion Paper directions handout at the end of this handout. If you need more assistance with your writing your Discussion Paper, please seek help from Cora, from the Jefferson Writing Lab during posted drop-in tutoring hours, and/or other knowledgeable resources
6. Adhere to upper division college-level standards of writing and research (see Eng 390 Syllabus). When citing Hum 210/Engl 390 course packet or handout materials, please clearly introduce your sources and/or cite authors (or titles if unsigned), page numbers, etc., parenthetically in your paper. Include a Works Cited or References list at the end of your Midterm Discussion Paper, listing alphabetically all course materials and any "outside" [non-course] sources you have cited (i.e. quoted, paraphrased, or summarized) in your paper. For course handouts and packet materials, something like the following formats will do:
[MLA format for Works Cited entry - NOTE that Works Cited entry should be double spaced and second lines indented 5 spaces:]
Mutta. [So free am I, so gloriously free]. Trans. Uma Chakravarti and Kumkum Roy. Buddhism and Indian Womans Writing [unpubl.course handout]. Ed. Cora Agatucci. English 390: Multicultural Literature, Spring 1998. 5.
An Introduction to the Japanese Language. Humanities 210 Course Packet [unpubl.]: Culture and Literature of Asia. Ed. Cora Agatucci. Spring 1998. 34-37.
From the Hum 210 Discussion Paper Directions Handout:
[Goals] Discussion Papers are intended to:
Alternative Perspectives and Cross-Cultural Limitations
Your goal here is not to persuade others your way of thinking and interpreting is the only way. So youll also be asked to integrate or add an "Alternative Perspectives and Cross-Cultural Limitations" [and/or, for Engl 390 students, discussion of Gaps between Your Theory/Approach and Your Practice] section to your Discussion Paper*. That is, I want you to open your interpretation up to continued discussion and inquiry, rather than try to close down the conversations weve begun in Hum 210 [and Engl 390]. Imagine, seriously consider, and acknowledge possible alternative interpretations of one or more key points in your paper. Acknowledge when you feel yourself running up against the limits of your own cross-cultural knowledge and understanding. Honestly voice, rather than try to hide, the questions, the confusions, the complications, the problems, and the contradictions that emerge.
*I know this request may sound unorthodox, risky, or uncomfortable to those of you who are used to writing essays and arguments to support a single thesis: this kind of academic writing promotes a particular kind of thinking, usually asking you to answer all the questions and clear up the confusions; simplify the complications and "unify" the contradictions in neat (but false?) little packages; ignore alternative perspectives or argue down opposing viewpoints; and come to "final"-seeming judgments and conclusions. But I dont believe this kind of thinking is very productive for open inquiry and serious study across cultures and literatures. Lets try delaying judgment, and remember were here to make a solid beginning, not to reach "final" authoritative conclusions. Acknowledging our own limitations and ignorance can be the beginning of real wisdom, not necessarily a sign of deficiency. In studying others cultures, especially those very different from our own, needing and wanting to know more is a healthy sign of cross-cultural curiosity, learning, and growth. And lets try viewing individual and cultural differences of opinion, value, and perspective as important pieces of the big human puzzle; everyone is encouraged to contribute his/her piece and try to fit them together: the pieces probably wont all fit together neatly, but I expect the results to be sometimes surprising, maybe disconcerting or upsetting, but ultimately invigorating and enriching.
The Essay And Other Possible
A. ESSAY FORM means:
(a) Introduction: in the introductory paragraph of your discussion paper, reintroduce the topic issue or question and present your thesis - that is, the gist of your response to the topic; your main idea; the core opinion or conclusion or perspective you will explain, develop, and support in your essay. You may also wish to preview the major supporting points you will develop in detail in the ensuing paragraphs of your essay.
(b) Body: In the second and following paragraphs of your essay -- the body -- develop the thesis and supporting points presented in your introduction. Remember that others may not necessarily interpret course materials and personal experiences the same way you do, so it is your responsibility to explain, support, defend, provide examples and evidence, and/or summarize as needed to ensure that you make your point clearly and persuasively. Be sure to accompany your body paragraphs, ideas, examples, details, etc. with thesis transitions, which connect your body points to each other and to your thesis presented in the introduction. Organize your essay response such that your writing is coherent and your ideas unfold in a logical, sensible arrangement. In general you should devote at least one well-developed body paragraph (usually 5-to-8 sentences) to each major subpoint you are offering in support of your thesis. Begin a new paragraph when you start discussion of a new point or aspect of your essay: that is, adhere to the principle of paragraph unity. Do not ignore important course materials and ideas that seem to contradict your thesis or that do not fit your central opinion or theory: you must try to take these diverse elements into account, reconcile them to your thesis interpretation, if possible, or consider revising your thesis interpretation.
(c) Conclusion: at the end of your essay, provide at least a brief concluding statement, preferably in a paragraph of its own. The concluding sentence(s) should try to tie all the strands of your discussion together and reemphasize your thesis or central point.
(d) Alternative Perspectives and Cross-Cultural Limitations [and/or, for Engl 390 students, discussion of Gaps between Your Theory/Approach and Your Practice]: Include in your Discussion Paper exploration of interpretations that might be different from or even in conflict with your own; and/or acknowledge the limitations of your interpretation and cross-cultural knowledge, perhaps suggesting questions or topics youd like to investigate further. You can satisfy this requirement either by integrating discussion of alternative perspectives and/or cross-cultural limitations into your essay, or by including them in a separate section or paragraph at the end of your essay. By the way, "essay" comes from the French essai, meaning to make an attempt, to explore and develop a point or an interpretation, and to do it, if possible, in an interesting way. The essay can be an extremely flexible form. Lets stretch it in Hum 210!
B. IMAGINED DIALOGUE, INTERVIEW, or PANEL DISCUSSION between you and/or two or three fictionalized characters who represent different cultures and/or interpretations, in order to present cross-cultural views and/or your own and alternative interpretations. This format easily lends itself to addressing the Discussion Papers "Alternative Perspectives and Limitations" requirement.
C. JOURNAL that you, a global traveler-seeker (albeit from the armchair and Hum 210 desk), might have kept over the first four weeks of Hum 210 to trace the development of your cross-cultural interpretation, as well as to present the current interpretation(s) you have arrived at. Progressive entries might develop key moments or stages of confusion, discovery, resistance, change, insight, and/or understanding in your first few weeks of cross-cultural journey into the foreign and/or familiar landscapes of Chinese, Indian, and Japanese orature, literature, film.
D. OTHER POSSIBILITIES ??? Your topic and/or your interpretation may suggest other writing formats: e.g., writing a new scene for Mahabharata or a monologue from a particular characters perspective as a way to dramatize and explain your interpretation of the film. If you have ideas or questions, please see me to discuss.
I look forward to reading and learning from your Discussion Papers! Cora
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StudentWriting Term Project Papers by Spring 1998 Engl 390 Students
The Eng 390 Term Project Paper on multicultural/global literature will be prepared and written as the culmination of a research project that you design, based on your personal and professional interests in course topics and methods, and on your pursuit of course learning goals and growth. I offer you this preliminary handout now, because some of you may wish to begin early thinking about your research project and conducting some exploratory research.
NOTE WELL: Engl 390 students may do the term project individually OR two or three students may elect to collaborate, propose, design, research, present, and write a TEAM Term Project.
Term Project Topic Selection
Choose a topic in the field of multicultural/global literature that allows you to build upon your study of Asian cultures and literatures in Eng 390/Hum 210, and of various theoretical and critical orientations and issues relevant to cross-cultural literary study. See list of topic possibilities at the end of this handout. Choose a topic that:
Term Project Stages
You will be asked to complete the term project in stages (see syllabus description and course plan deadlines), preparing copies of and engaging in in-class workshops as indicated in the course plan:
Graded Term Project Assignments
1. The Proposal (5% of course grade)
The Term Paper research project Proposal, with copies for the in-class workshop group, is scheduled to come due on Fri., 5/16: 2:00 p.m. in class. However, I would be happy to meet with you to discuss your research topic ideas and/or to review and respond to a written description before that time. In the case of Team Term Projects, a single grade will be given the Term Project Proposal itself, and each team member will be awarded that grade as 5% of their individual course grade.
Suggested Length: 2 typed, double-spaced pages (including source list)
In your Proposal:
(a) Introduce your proposed research topic, with a brief description of how/why you became interested in and have chosen the topic, and how it fits in with course and personal learning goals and interests;
(b) Describe briefly the projected form, subtopics or sections, approach(es), etc. that you envision for your Term Paper, and the multicultural/global culture(s), literary text(s), oral arts, and/or film(s) you will use or examine in your study;
(c) Project how/what you will apply and extend what you have been learning in Eng 390/Hum 210, and list the research questions you want to answer and/or the topics/issues/texts you wish to investigate further through your research; and
(d) Provide a list (in progress) of Hum210/Engl 390 course resources relevant to your topic; and at least 4 outside sources that you have already located and reviewed in preliminary research. You may also identify any additional sources or leads that you plan to investigate for this research project. NOTE: Please present your source list in standard MLA (for languages and literatures) or Chicago Author-Date (an option if your project is education-oriented) style. See Eng 390 Packet "Documenting Sources" for guidance and models of these documentation formats.
2. 10-Minute Oral Presentation &
Audience Response Form (5% of course grade)
Ten minutes is not very long and time limits will be strictly enforced so that everyone gets his/her 10 minutes; thus, you must select and plan what you will say carefully, and time yourself in advance to ensure you can complete your oral presentation to the class in 10 minutes. The time limit means that you cannot expect to give a full account of your term project and research findings. You will be expected to make your oral presentation clearly and effectivelyso dont simply plan on speaking fastso fast that your audience cant follow you. If you prefer, you may write out what you want to say and read it to us. In the case of a Team Term Project, the 10 minutes allocated each Engl 390 student will be multiplied by the number of team members: e.g., a two-person team will be given 20 minutes of class time to make the oral presentation of their collaborative Term Project. Again, all team members will share the grade earned on the Oral Presentation.
Some members of your audience will know little or nothing about your project, so you must give some time to at least a brief introduction to your topic. Use the rest of your time to focus on a small portion or a limited number of points from your project in progress. Select what seems most interesting to you, what you are best prepared to address at this point in your progress, and/or what you anticipate may be most interesting, accessible, and instructive to others. You may choose to augment your oral presentation with handouts.
Prepare an audience response form in advance and duplicate enough readable copies for the entire Engl 390 class (including Cora). Limit your response form to perhaps 5 questions and/or requests for feedback, formulating a balance of general and specific, "closed" (yes/no) and "open" (inviting short answer) follow-up questions/response topics. The response form is not intended to be primarily evaluative (ie. asking your audience to evaluate how "good" your oral presentation was). Rather, use the response form to solicit feedback on your presentation that might help you complete your term project more successfully, give you fresh or alternative points of view to consider, identify additional sources and/or avenues of inquiry relevant to your project, survey class opinions on an issue relevant to your project, answer a genuine question or research problem that you are trying to work through, etc.
3. Final Draft of the Term Project Paper, including electronic version (of all or part) for website posting/publication (30% of course grade)
Suggested Length: 7 typed/wordprocessed, double-spaced pages.
Minimum number of sources: The Final Draft of the Term Project Paper should include a Works Cited or Reference list of a minimum of 7 valuable and usable outside research sourcesbeyond others drawn from Hum 210/Engl390 course resources.
The topic possibilities given below are meant to be suggestive. Coras critique of your Term Project Proposal will give you more individual guidance regarding the quality and appropriateness of their topic choice and project design. But you need not wait until Week #7! Please come and discuss your Term Project topics and ideas with me whenever youre ready.
All sources should be correctly and carefully documented.
Again, for team Term Projects, the final paper will be awarded a single grade, which all team members will be awarded for 30% of their respective course grades. The Term Project Paper Evaluation Checklist below will further clarify Coras expectations for the final project.
Future Teachers may choose research topics like the ones above, or they may wish to choose a topic related to teaching multicultural/global literatures. For example:
Project Paper Evaluation Checklist
Evaluation Guide: +=Excellent; Check+ =Very Good; = Satisfactory; Check-=Poor/Needs work
____1. RESEARCH TOPIC CHOICE
___a. Scope, focus, and choice of Term Paper project meet assignment parameters and learning goals as outlined in the "English 390 Term Paper" directions handout, class and/or individual discussion, and instructors critique of Term Project Proposal.
___1. Topic scope and focus lend themselves to effective treatment in suggested 7-page length
___2. Topic choice allows student to apply what s/he has been learning in Hum 210/Engl 390 and relevant course materials
___3. Topic choice allows student to extend what s/he has been learning from Hum 210/Engl 390 the same or a related research focus that student wishes to learn more about through further research and study
___b. Topic choice is clearly shaped by the students personal investment: ie., that author believes this project is worth investigation (valuable, interesting and/or relevant) and this paper is worth writing
_____2. WRITING & RESEARCH PURPOSE(S)
___a. Authors intentions and research purpose(s) are clearly stated and communicated.
___b. Presentation conveys authors investment and engagement in the project appropriate to the projects academic and/or personal tone and purpose;
___c. Author is writing to be read and enlighten others: purpose(s) and presentation are responsive to general/academic audience, convey why this term research project is worth reading for the audience, clearly introduce and develop ideas for readers:--particularly that portion of the Term Project which is prepared for website posting/publication
_____3. WRITING PURPOSES AND TERM PAPER RESEARCH GOALS ARE EFFECTIVELY ACHIEVED.
_____4. QUALITY OF THINKING, RESEARCH, AND WRITING (for example . . .)
_____5. PROFICIENCY IN STANDARDS FOR WRITING
___a. Focused, well-organized, and well-developed paper communicates points clearly, coherently, effectively, and correctly, with stylistic sophistication and few grammatical errors.
___b. A minimum of 7 outside research sources are cited and documented, and additional Hum 210/Engl 390 course resources relevant to the Term Project are also used and cited.
___c. Source citations are smoothly integrated into students paper, with stylistic effectiveness and grammatical correctness.
___d. Manuscript form, in-text citations (quotation, paraphrase, summary) of sources, and Works Cited or References list at end conform to chosen documentation style and upper-division college-level standards; plagiarism is avoided.
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