|Dr. L. Adam Mekler
Humanities 201: 101
Office: Holmes 228
Office Phone: (443) 885-4032
Any revisions to this syllabus will be posted on Canvas.
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Students are required to attend every class (See Policy ) and to have complete all necessary readings before class begins.
- All written assignments must be submitted through Canvas in order to receive credit.
- Submissions posted as attachments in the comments box (especially after the assignment closes) will not be considered valid submissions and will receive no credit.
- Please come speak with me if you have any questions.
In addition to assigned readings and homework questions, which must be completed before coming to class, there will be one (1) documented research paper (2000 word minimum) that uses a minimum of six documented secondary sources. You will also take part in a group presentation of a minimum thirty minutes to be given during the second part of the course. There will also be a mid-term and a final examination.
Homework Q's (in addition to the Required Q's described above)
Each day, you may submit written responses to all or ten (10) other discussion questions (whichever is fewer) for the text assigned for that day. Every two (2) sets of questions will give you one (1) bonus homework credit, up to a possible total of five (5) points to be added to your homework grade. There is no half-credit: fewer than 10 (or all) questions will receive no credit.
Students may also develop a museum paper based on the guidelines described here. Successful completion of this assignment will result in the addition of up to two (2) points to the final average.
Pratt Library Events
Students may attend any of the Writers LIVE! events host by the Pratt Library and submit a response paper. Each response paper will earn up to an additional point to the final average.
|Class Participation||10%||A: 90-100
|Group Presentation||10%||C: 70-79
|Research Paper||20%||D: 60-69
|Mid-Term Exam||25%||F: 0-59
Literary Terms (See List )
Grammar Review Exercise
||** No Class **
||Discussion of Grammar Review Exercise|
||Research Paper Discussion
Research Paper Workshop
|| African Background
African Tales & Myths
||History of Nigeria,
Ch. 4, pp. 85-94, 106-9
Corrected Grammar Review Exercise due
||Things Fall Apart, Chs. 1-5|
||Things Fall Apart, Chs. 6-9
Research Paper Topic Due
||Things Fall Apart, Chs. 10-13|
||Things Fall Apart, Chs. 14-19|
||Things Fall Apart, Chs. 20-25|
||History of Nigeria,
Ch. 7, pp. 158-63, 180
Ch. 9, pp. 229-34
||** Juneteenth: No Class **
|| Purple Hibiscus, pp. 3-51 (1-34)
|| Purple Hibiscus, pp. 52-109 (35-76)
|| Purple Hibiscus, pp. 110-61 (77-113)
|| Purple Hibiscus, pp. 162-205
Research Paper Check-In (Outline and "Works Cited" Due)
** Deadline to have topic approved **
||Purple Hibiscus, pp. 206-53 (144-77)
||Purple Hibiscus, pp. 255-307 (177-213)
Research Paper due at 11:59 pm
Last Day to Submit Any Assignments