Overview of Class Projects

During the course of the semester, you will complete three individual and two collaborative projects.* All of that work will be cumulative in that it will feed into the final Digital Edition Project, which is given in lieu of a final exam. In addition, I will assign weekly reading quizzes to assess how well you are following the primary and secondary reading materials.

All major course projects and their components will be identified in the course calendar prior to the October 12 withdrawal date.

Project Description Points
Class Recap Blog (1) Each student will blog once on the class blog. Students will select the week in which they wish to post by signing up on the first day of class. Recap posts will summarize and analyze a week’s worth of reading and class discussion. 100
Weekly Reading Quizzes (14) I will assign one quiz during each week except for the first and last weeks of class. Quizzes will be pass/fail, consisting of two questions, one related to the primary reading and one related to secondary source material. 140 (10 points each)
Self-assessment of class participation (1) On the last day of class preceding the WPFE, each student will submit an essay that takes a position and presents evidence regarding how much credit she/he deserves for class participation. 100
Historical and Literary Analysis (1) Working individually, each student will write a 1500-1750 word essay analyzing one of Chaucer’s shorter poems. 160
Collaborative Modern MS Codex (1) Working together, students will create a collaboratively-authored and fabricated manuscript codex of several of Chaucer’s shorter poems, collected with critical commentary. 250 (75 individual, 175 collaborative)
Collaborative Digital Edition (1) Working together, students will create a collaboratively-authored digital edition of the Modern MS Codex, which will include digital transcriptions of Chaucer’s shorter poems, with critical commentary. 250 (75 individual, 175 collaborative)

*Complete project descriptions will be made available when work on each project begins