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E430 SHAKESPEARE PRESENTATIONS SCHEDULE AND INSTRUCTIONS (12/16/09)

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE PRESENTATIONS REQUIREMENT

Each session will feature several student presentations that will give you a chance to hear different perspectives on the course readings, and I will also post the written versions students send me to a special blog so those interested can review them. Your presentations will also help me determine the direction my own comments, encouraging me to respond to your ideas rather than lecture continuously. See the syllabus for the presentation requirement's value as a percentage of the course grade.

1. On the first day of class, look over the authors on our syllabus and then, next to your name on the roll sheet I will pass around, suggest several authors that you might like to present on. I'll try to give you the authors you want, to the extent that the schedule permits. Depending on class size, each student will give two or three presentations. Be aware that if you choose only very popular authors (Shakespeare, Jane Austen, etc.), I may not be able to schedule you for those authors.

2. Within a few days, check the schedule on this page to see when and on which authors and questions you are slated to present. I will complete the schedule by choosing specific question/s to be addressed from among the full sets. You can access all author questions using the links below or by visiting the E430 Questions Page. (They are also available from the syllabus and journals pages.)

3. At least three days before you give each of your in-class presentations on the authors and question/s specified next to your name, email me as complete a draft as you can. Soon after, I will email you comments that will either suggest how the presentation might be further developed or affirm that what you've written sounds fine as-is. If the latter is the case, I will post your draft to the E430 SHAKESPEARE STUDENTS' BLOG (not available after course concludes). I encourage you in advance to develop your remarks so that they go beyond the question at its simplest; insightful responses are better than "answers." Please include a copy of the question at the beginning of your response, and at least in the copy you send me, avoid elaborate formatting (bulleted lists, indentation, and so forth). This "advance draft" part of the presentations requirement is 20% of your grade for each presentation.

4. On the scheduled day and when we reach the appropriate point in our discussion, I will ask you to come to the front of the class and give the most up-to-date version of your presentation. Your presentation should take about three to five minutes. Some students prefer to read their comments lecture-style, while others prefer to depart from the full written version and speak from a separate outline. If you read from prepared remarks, how long should they be? I'll use my own pace as an example: I speak at an average rate of 130 words per minute when I read conference papers. So a 3-5 minute presentation would run 400-650 words. Tips: Read the question first, address the entire class, and remind us of page numbers when you quote. Speak firmly and slowly enough so that everyone can follow. It's best to avoid bringing technology such as Powerpoint into play given the presentations' brevity. But I am open to creative ideas. I will not grade your in-class performance. It's easy to do well, and your colleagues will be supportive. Completing the in-class component is 70%-80% of the grade for each presentation.

5. Within several days after you have presented in class, if my return comments on your initial draft suggested revision or further development (or if you decide to revise on your own), email me a final version, again making sure to include a copy of the question. I will then post the final version for you to the E430 SHAKESPEARE STUDENTS' BLOG, replacing the earlier version. You can check the schedule below on this page to make sure I've credited you with your in-class presentation and blog entry. Within a few days after you've completed both, next to your name should appear the notation (Presented/Posted to Blog). This "revised post-presentation draft" part, if suggested in my comments on your initial draft, is 10% of your grade for the presentation in question.

HOW I EVALUATE PRESENTATIONS

I will judge presentations on the following grounds: did the student 1) email me a reasonably full written draft several days before presenting so that I can offer advice and determine the course of my own comments? 2) seem to have put genuine effort into preparing rather than treating the presentation as an "answer" to a question set in stone? 3) ensure that within one week I have received a final version (if revision was suggested) with which to replace the earlier version I may already have posted? Students who do those two things -- or three things if a revised version is appropriate -- will receive an "A" for the presentations requirement. (100% = A, 90% = B+, 80% = B, 70% = C.) I am not going to grade presentations so much on in-class factors as on how well students prepare and (again, if necessary) follow up. I will indicate whether students have completed the requirements as follows: (Presented/Posted to Blog); (Presented/Blog Entry Pending); (Did Not Present/Posted to Blog); (No Presentation); (rescheduled).

MISSED PRESENTATIONS / RESCHEDULING PRESENTATIONS

If you find that you will be unable to make it to class for one of your scheduled presentations, please let me know in advance if possible. (I'll make my cell phone number available when the semester begins, though I won't post it on the Internet.) So long as you have provided me with a reasonably complete and timely advance draft of your remarks (I print them out and bring them to class), I will read the presentation for you and give you partial credit for the in-class portion of the presentation grade. If you haven't provided me with a sufficiently complete and coherent advance draft, I will not read it in class. In such cases, rescheduling on a new author may be possible at my discretion and if the schedule allows.

PRESENTATION SCHEDULE

Below is a list containing four things for each session: the authors/texts we will discuss, the number of each study question I've chosen for discussion, the presenters' names, and the color-coded status of the presentation. The author hyperlinks below will take you to the relevant study questions pages -- they are the same pages from which you choose questions for your journal sets. *Please note that I may specify two questions rather than one (as in "12-13 combined") if I find that two short questions go together well.

WEEK 1

Tu. 09/01. Course introduction.

Th. 09/03. The Taming of the Shrew (Film Highlights, BBC). Chronology: 1593-94.

WEEK 2

Tu. 09/08. The Taming of the Shrew (Acts 1-3, pages 142-60). Chronology: 1593-94.

Taming of the Shrew. Q. 06. Elyse Russell. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Taming of the Shrew. Q. 11. Alexandra Tighe. (Presented/Blog Entry Pending)

Th. 09/10. The Taming of the Shrew (Acts 4-5, Pages 160-71). Chronology: 1593-94.

Taming of the Shrew. Q. 13. Katharine Jacobs. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Taming of the Shrew. Q. 15. Michelle Roll. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Taming of the Shrew. Q. 17. Katlin Kane. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

WEEK 3

Tu. 09/15. The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (Film Highlights, Ian McKellen). Chronology: 1592-93.

Th. 09/17. The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (Acts 1-2, pages 752-69). Chronology: 1592-93.

King Richard the Third Q. 01. Anna Roth. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

King Richard the Third Q. 04. Steven Felts. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

King Richard the Third Q. 05. Katherine Abigail. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

WEEK 4

Tu. 09/22. The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (Acts 3-5, pages 769-94). Chronology: 1592-93.

King Richard the Third Q. 14. William Jones. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

King Richard the Third Q. 17. Catherine McGourty. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

King Richard the Third Q. 20. Alexandra Angst. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 09/24. A Midsummer Night's Dream (Film Highlights, Adrian Noble's RSC). Chronology: 1595-96.

WEEK 5

Tu. 09/29. A Midsummer Night's Dream (Acts 1-3, pages 256-72). Chronology: 1595-96.

Midsummer Night's Dream Q. 02. Hannah d'Angerio. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Midsummer Night's Dream Q. 06. Alyssa Chaffee. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Midsummer Night's Dream Q. 10. Katharine Jacobs. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Midsummer Night's Dream Q. 11. Alexandra Tighe. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 10/01. A Midsummer Night's Dream (Acts 4-5, pages 272-80). Chronology: 1595-96. Journal Set 1 Due by Email by Sunday, 10/04

Midsummer Night's Dream Q. 15. Jamie Shaw. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Midsummer Night's Dream Q. 18. Katlin Kane. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Midsummer Night's Dream Q. 19. Katherine Gallagher. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Midsummer Night's Dream Q. 21. Alyssa Rivera. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

WEEK 6

Tu. 10/06. The Merchant of Venice (Film Highlights, Radford). Chronology: 1596-97.

Th. 10/08. The Merchant of Venice (Acts 1-2, pages 288-301). Chronology: 1596-97.

Merchant of Venice Q. 01. Sean Cahill. (Presented/Blog Entry Pending)

Merchant of Venice Q. 04. Melanie Alexander. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Merchant of Venice Q. 06. Anna Roth. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

WEEK 7

Tu. 10/13. The Merchant of Venice (Acts 3-5, pages 301-17). Chronology: 1596-97.

Merchant of Venice Q. 10. Rhiannon Hronicek. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Merchant of Venice Q. 16. Jose Garcia. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Merchant of Venice Q. 18. Stephanie Lujan. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 10/15. The First Part of Henry the Fourth (Film Highlights, BBC). Chronology: 1596-97.

WEEK 8

Tu. 10/20. The First Part of Henry the Fourth (Acts 1-3, pages 889-913). Chronology: 1596-97.

Henry the Fourth, Part 1 Q. 04. Melanie Alexander. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Henry the Fourth, Part 1 Q. 08. Steven Felts. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Henry the Fourth, Part 1 Q. 12. Elizabeth Klehfoth. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 10/22. The First Part of Henry the Fourth (Acts 4-5, pages 913-23). Chronology: 1596-97.

Henry the Fourth, Part 1 Q. 15. Katherine Gallagher. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Henry the Fourth, Part 1 Q. 17. William Jones. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Henry the Fourth, Part 1 Q. 20. Meagan O'Reilly. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

WEEK 9

Tu. 10/27. The Second Part of Henry the Fourth (Acts 1-3, pages 928-49). Chronology: 1598.

Henry the Fourth, Part 2 Q. 06. Daniel Bulone. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Henry the Fourth, Part 2 Q. 08. Leland Buttle. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 10/29. The Second Part of Henry the Fourth (Acts 4-5, pages 949-65). Chronology: 1598. Journal Set 2 Due by Email by Sunday, 11/01

Henry the Fourth, Part 2 Q. 13. Jake Garland. (Presented/Blog Entry Pending)

Henry the Fourth, Part 2 Q. 15. Catherine McGourty. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

WEEK 10

Tu. 11/03. Much Ado about Nothing (Film Highlights, K. Branagh). Chronology: 1598-99.

Th. 11/05. Much Ado about Nothing (Acts 1-2, pages 366-78). Chronology: 1598-99.

Much Ado about Nothing Q. 01. Elyse Russell. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Much Ado about Nothing Q. 04. Sean Cahill. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Much Ado about Nothing Q. 09. Hannah d'Angerio. (Presented/Final Blog Entry Pending)

WEEK 11

Tu. 11/10. Much Ado about Nothing (Acts 3-5, pages 378-96). Chronology: 1598-99.

Much Ado about Nothing Q. 13. Meghan Dente. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Much Ado about Nothing Q. 16. Crystal Saavedra. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Much Ado about Nothing Q. 20. Jose Garcia. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Much Ado about Nothing Q. 22. Kitty Porter. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 11/12. Twelfth Night, or What You Will (Film Highlights, Trevor Nunn). Chronology: 1601-02.

WEEK 12

Tu. 11/17. Twelfth Night, or What You Will (Acts 1-3, pages 442-66). Chronology: 1601-02.

Twelfth Night Q. 01. Stephanie Lujan. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Twelfth Night Q. 05. Katherine Abigail. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Twelfth Night Q. 07. Alyssa Chaffee. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Twelfth Night Q. 09. Meagan O'Reilly. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 11/19. Twelfth Night, or What You Will (Acts 4-5, pages 466-74). Chronology: 1601-02. Paragraph on paper topic and argument due by Sunday, 11/22.

Twelfth Night Q. 11. Crystal Saavedra. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Twelfth Night Q. 13. Meghan Dente. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Twelfth Night Q. 14. Michelle Roll. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

WEEK 13

Tu. 11/24. The History of Troilus and Cressida (Film Highlights, BBC). Chronology: 1601-02.

Th. 11/26. No classes -- Thanksgiving Holiday.

WEEK 14

Tu. 12/01. The History of Troilus and Cressida (Acts 1-3, pages 482-508). Chronology: 1601-02.

Troilus and Cressida Q. 03. Rhiannon Hronicek. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Troilus and Cressida Q. 06. Elizabeth Klehfoth. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 12/03. The History of Troilus and Cressida (Acts 4-5, pages 509-525). Chronology: 1601-02.

Troilus and Cressida Q. 09. Alyssa Rivera. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Troilus and Cressida Q. 11. Alexandra Angst. (Presented/Blog Entry Pending)

Troilus and Cressida Q. 12. Ruby Olm. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Troilus and Cressida Q. 17. Leland Buttle. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

WEEK 15

Tu. 12/08. Measure for Measure (Acts 1-3, pages 584-606). Chronology: 1604.

Measure for Measure Q. 04. Jamie Shaw. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Measure for Measure Q. 10. Daniel Bulone. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 12/10. Measure for Measure (Acts 4-5, pages 606-18). Chronology: 1604. Journal Set 3 Due by Email by Sunday, 12/13.

Measure for Measure Q. 11. Kitty Porter. (Presented/Final Blog Entry Pending)

Measure for Measure Q. 12. Jake Garland. (Presented/Blog Entry Pending)

Measure for Measure Q. 13. Ruby Olm. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

FINALS WEEK

Final Exam Date: Wed., Dec. 16, 1:30-4:00. Due by Sunday, Dec. 20: Term Paper. I must turn in grades by Sunday, Dec. 27. For your other courses, check the Fall 2009 Chapman Final Exam Schedule.


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