WORLD LITERATURE I
Dr. Diane Thompson, NVCC, ELI
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I have also included some excellent videos on our course topics from the Annenberg Invitation to World Literature project. You can find them listed on the Course Materials Table on the Home Page. I encourage you to watch them.
I will under NO CIRCUMSTANCES grade more than one
piece of work in a single day, so you must plan accordingly.
SUMMARY OF TASKS FOR UNIT 1:
In Unit 1 you will study an ancient written epic, Gilgamesh from Sumeria, and you will read Genesis from the Hebrew Bible. You will focus on the two related versions of the story of the Flood from the Hebrew Bible and Gilgamesh. You may also select ONE other narrative (i.e. Job or Exodus or whatever) from the Hebrew Bible to compare with Gilgamesh if you wish.
TASK 1. Write a letter introducing yourself to
me and to the other students in the course. Tell us who you are, why you are interested in
taking the course, your experiences with literature, with different cultures, with the
Internet, and anything else you think is relevant. If you foresee any problems with the
course, please explain what you think they may be. Let's get to know one another in this
way, so that we can work together more comfortably. Your letter should be a page or two in
length. Post this Introduction to the Introductions Forum on
Blackboard does not work well with various word processors and browsers, so follow this procedure:
1. Write your Introduction on your own word processor. Edit for clear correct sentences and run a spell check.
2. Go to the word processor edit menu and choose the "select all" and "copy" options.
3. Open WordPad or NotePad and paste your work into that program.
4. Be sure your browser is either Internet Explorer OR Foxfire.
If your message does not show up after you submit it, click on the refresh or reload button of your browser to make it show.
You will receive up to 50 points for posting this Introduction.
***Please do not attach files; I will not open them and you will have to repost your message.
TASK 2. Read the Gilgamesh Study Guide, which will give you background information on Gilgamesh to help you to understand this ancient story. You may choose to watch the Gilgamesh Video instead. It contains the same information. See instructions for accessing it on the Course Materials Table on the 251 Home Page.
Option: watch the excellent video on Gilgamesh on the Annenberg Introduction to Literature series. Instructions for getting to the videos are on the Course Materials Table on the 251 Home Page.
Norton: Read Gilgamesh (Volume A, 10 - 41). The introductions in the Norton texts are all excellent and will help you to understand each play, story or poem.
Option: Use the link to the etext of Gilgamesh on the Course Materials Table on the 251 Home Page. If you are using the etext, pay extra close attention to the Gilgamesh Study Guide.
TASK 4. Read through all the Gilgamesh Activities.
Then, select one of these questions to answer for Activity 1, prepare the Activity, and
post it to the
NOTE ON PLAGIARISM: Since you are able to read what other students have written on the forums, any copying of their work without the use of quotation marks and proper attribution by name of the student will be considered plagiarism. Any plagiarized Activity will be given a grade of 0 and cannot be redone. If you find an idea in another student's essay that you would like to include in your discussion, you must quote it exactly (you can use copy/paste to do this), use quotation marks to set it off, and indicate the name of the student and the Activity in parentheses immediately after the quote. Further, you must use this quote to develop some point of your own, not to simply imitate the ideas of the other student.
If you find that all of your ideas on a topic have already been used by someone else, choose a different Activity.
ACTIVITIES: The Activity questions will help you to learn more about the literature you are reading. These questions do not have single, simple answers, but are designed to help you to think about what you are reading. Writing these Activities will help you to understand what you are reading and help prepare you to take the exams.
These Activity entries must be thoughtful; each one should be the equivalent of at least a full typed page or more in length (e.g. not less than 250 words) . They may be longer if you need to say more on your topic. You will not be able to do these Activity entries properly unless you have carefully read the assigned literature.
HINT: Read through the Activities Lists before reading the texts. Identifying interesting questions in advance will allow you to focus your most careful reading in your chosen Activities areas.
ACTIVITY ENTRY GRADING:
Read through all the Gilgamesh and
Bible Activities . Then, select one of these questions to answer for Activity 2,
prepare the Activity, and post it to the the
TASK 8. Review all the Activities and the Study Guide for this Unit as you prepare to take Exam 1.
You will write Exam 1 in an NVCC Testing Center. Be sure to take the
If it is not possible for you to get to an NVCC Testing Center, you may arrange for a proctor at another location. If you need a proctor, go to the ELI Policies and Procedures Screen. Select the link for Examination Proctors, from the Table of Contents, for information on how to arrange for a proctor.
Worth up to 100 points. After you complete Exam 1, go on to Unit 2.
If you have not submitted (and had accepted) all of Unit 1, including Exam 1-- by your Inactive Students Dropped date, I will drop you from the course. Keep in mind that I only accept one piece of work at a time and I do not accept work that I consider "not college level" (see Course Guide).
(c) Thompson:11/15/1998; updated: 02/22/2011