Humanities 211
Group Presentations

As I stated in class, the group presentations will involve your discussion of the major points of the text(s) for the day, including relevant historical and biographical information.  At the bare minimum, you need to go over the assigned Homework Questions for the day.  You may also use the other discussion questions from our class page for guidance, but you don't necessarily have to answer them all.  I would also suggest you DON'T JUST answer the questions as the sole basis of your discussion.  Instead, investigate and discuss the major themes, many of which are listed in the "Things to Consider" section of the discussion questions page.  You can act out certain parts of the text if you'd like, especially if the number of group members and major characters are the same.  Essentially, I would like for you to be as creative as you can at the same time that you facilitate the rest of the class in getting a better understanding of the readings.

This is a team effort, so it will require everyone to participate, not only in performing his or her individual tasks, but also in combining all the individual parts into a coherent unit. The presentation will be graded by the instructor as a whole, not according to each section.  In terms of grades, each member of the group will evaluate herself and the others using a grading sheet, based on a percentage of effort put in.  I will make every effort to maintain a "secret ballot" environment.  At home, I will average the different grades together and provide on each member's grading sheet for each member the group grade and the resulting grade for that student.
 
Text Date Section 2
Sappho October 18


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Catullus October 21


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Chinese Poetry October 25



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Japanese Poetry October 28


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Ikkaku Sennin October 30


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Mahabharata & Bhagavad-Gita November 1



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Islamic Literature November 4



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Virgil, Aeneid November 13



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Inferno November 15



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Chaucer's "Prologue" November 20



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Chaucer's "Pardoner's Tale" November 22







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Everyman November 25



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Aztec Poetry December 2






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Popol Vuh December 4



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