English 201 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.  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.

Date
Subject
Name(s)
Oct
21
Donne, "Valediction: Forbidding Mourning": 666-68, 679-80
"Batter My Heart, Three-Personed God": 692
* Stephanie N.
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24
Herrick, 739
"Corinna's Gone A-Maying": 741-43
"To the Virgins, To Make Use of Time":  743
Marvell, "To His Coy Mistress": 750-52
Research Paper Topic Due
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26
Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 1: 768-72, 799-819 *
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28 Paradise Lost, Book 4: 854-70

* Chel'Si H.
* Crystal C.
* Maura S.


31
Paradise Lost, Book 9: 887-911 * Rodrick H.
* Josh L.
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Nov 2
Paradise Lost, Books 10-12: 911-29 * Inieka R.
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9
Dryden, "Mac Flecknoe": 961-62, 986-92 *
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11
Behn, Oroonoko: 1004-6, 1010-30 *
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14
Behn, Oroonoko: 1030-54 *
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16
Swift, Gulliver's Travels, Part 1: 1055-56, 1058-1100
* Lapresha G. (solo, please)
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18 Gulliver's Travels, Part 2: 1101-41 * Precious R. (solo, please)
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21
Gulliver's Travels, Part 4: 1155-99 *
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23
Pope, "Rape of the Lock": 1205-9, 1227-44 * Stephanie N.
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28
Pope, "Essay on Man": 1245-52 * Imani G.
* Taiha G.
* Myiesha W.


30
Johnson, "Vanity of Human Wishes": 1283-93
Research Paper Due
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Dec 2
Gray: 1395-1400
"Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat"
"Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard"
* Maura S.
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5
Equiano: 1384-94 and  (Ch. 1 only) and *  Teresa J. (solo, please)
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