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English 304: Shakespeare
Prof Boyer
Fall 2015

Academic Commentary on Your Research Paper

Due by noon Friday December 11 (this is two days after the end of our scheduled final exam period and the date your Research Paper is due. I would very much appreciate an earlier submission!).

Submit a Word document (.doc or.docx) or if necessary a pdf file via Assignments in Canvas.

If you use another word processing program, such as Pages or WordPerfect, please save your paper as a Word document before submitting it. I can accept a pdf file if you do not have Word, but I would very much prefer a Word document.

Length: 600-1200 words of text, in two parts of 300-600 words each. Shorter papers result in lowered grades.

Time is short at the end of the semester. Your paper will be considered late if it is not submitted by the time given, or very shortly thereafter. The only exception is if you have made prior arrangements with me.

Please read the statement in the syllabus on Academic Dishonesty. I will follow the syllabus statement in all cases of academic dishonesty that I discover.

Instructions: Select one of the several English Education trial assessment topics and write an academic commentary using your research paper as your artifact. (If you are writing a Shakespeare paper for Senior Seminar, you may use that as your artifact. If you do, please send me a copy of the paper that is your artifact.) Document Archive 1 in Canvas Modules or CN Tasks includes assignment sheets and rubrics for two of the assessments: genre and historicity. But if you look closely at the genre assignment you will see that it is very similar to the one for historicity except for the obvious specific details appropriate to each topic. For your information, here is a list of the ten proposed assessments:

  1. Literature (classic texts)
  2. Literature (contemporary texts)
  3. Literature (non-print, media)
  4. Literature (historical traditions; later called historicity)
  5. Literature (genre) (but the revised assignment notes that this can also apply to non-literary texts)
  6. Diversity (gender, ethnicity, class)
  7. Theory
  8. Writing
  9. Language
  10. Adolescent reading and writing

Two of these, “Literature (contemporary texts)” and “Adolescent reading and writing”) will obviously not work for the Shakespeare class. I can see ways of using all of the others, however. (The non-print, media option could work for a film of a play, you could comment on your artifact as an example of writing, and you can also talk about Shakespeare’s language.) It’s best to fit your commentary to something that your artifact demonstrates clearly, although you will see in the individual assignments that you can also use your artifact to talk about something that your artifact does not do but could or perhaps should.

The English Education Program and the Language and Literature Department thank you very much for helping us try out this new and not yet finalized assessment system. We hope you will provide us with many good examples of what can be done.