Assignment Outcome
  • Students will be able to apply readings from Unit 1 to their own personal thoughts.

Relevant Course Outcomes
  • Students will be able to recognize and articulate the value of studying early British literature.
  • Student will be able to identify and analyze the textual, historical, and cultural contexts of works of literature.
  • Students will be able to develop insights effectively through written communication.

Due: September 21 (midnight, Blackboard)
Page Length: will vary plus Works Cited
Other: font style optional, SINGLE-spaced (with no excessive spacing or extra spacing in header around name, class, etc.), MLA style
Requirements: must include quotations from at least 3 of the readings from Unit 1

Instructions:
Throughout Unit 1, we have discussed the significance of studying early British literature. We have seen read the thoughts of others, discussed specific studies that speak to the relevance of early British literature to modern times, and conversed with scholars in the field.

Hopefully, at this point, you have formed some ideas about the importance of what we are studying in this course. It is time then to articulate these ideas. Considering everything we have discussed as well as your own thoughts on the subject, you will now create your Significance Statements. You will define a minimum of 4 statements concerning why you personally believe studying early British literature is valuable.

For each of your statements, provide a significant explanation and reasoning. Over the course of the 4 statements (in other words, each statement does not need a quotation), you should use quotations (cited in MLA style) from at least 3 of our readings or Facebook discussions (these should be cited as well) in this unit. Thus, you should provide a Works Cited (in MLA style) at the end of your Statements.


Rubric: Significance Statements
Significance Statements are 10% of the overall course grade.
Criteria
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Number of Resolutions
(5 points)
Minimum of 4 statements
Minimum of 4 statements, perhaps one is incomplete
Minimum of 3 statements
Minimum of 2 statements
Explanation and Reasoning
(60 points)
Provides careful and in-depth explanation and reasoning for statements, including appropriately-selected evidence to develop main and supporting points
Provides solid explanation and reasoning for statements, including appropriately-selected evidence to develop main and/or supporting points
Provides basic explanation and reasoning for statements, including potentially irrelevant choices for evidence to develop main and/or supporting points
Provides little or faulty explanation and reasoning, including a lack of evidence to develop main and supporting points
Personal Relationship
(20 points)
Demonstrates careful and in-depth thought concerning personal relationship to early British literature
Demonstrates solid thought concerning personal relationship to early British literature
Demonstrates basic thought concerning personal relationship to early British literature
Demonstrates little or haphazard thought concerning personal relationship to early British literature
MLA Citation
(20 points)
Employs correct and consistent MLA citation format in-text and in Works Cited; meets/exceeds secondary source requirement (3+)
Employs mostly correct and consistent
MLA citation format in-text and in Works Cited; meets secondary source requirement (3)
Employs recognizable MLA citation format in-text and in Works Cited with errors and inconsistencies; does not meet secondary source requirement (2)
Employs unrecognizable MLA citation format in-text and in Works Cited with confusing errors and inconsistencies; does not meet secondary source requirement (1)
Mechanics
(20 points)
Utilizes the mechanics of writing and grammar both correctly and with effective, deliberate (potentially even elegant) purpose; adheres to course Writing Expectations
Utilizes the mechanics of writing and grammar correctly and deliberately, though may contain some errors; demonstrates solid understanding of course Writing Expectations
Tends not to use the mechanics of writing and grammar correctly and contains noticeable errors; demonstrates basic awareness of course Writing Expectations
Does not use the mechanics of writing and grammar correctly and deliberately and contains noticeable errors; demonstrates little awareness of course Writing Expectations