*Elements of Evaluation:*

If enrolled for 3 undergraduate credits or 2 graduate credits, the following assignments will be factored into your course grade:

(1) Reading Responses:The nature of this class demands that all students demonstrate their understanding of the readings whether through regular contributions to the class discussions, in synchronous discussions, or through asynchronous responses to questions about the readings. Both quality and quantity will be considered, with an emphasis on the former. Altogether, 25 points may be earned for participation through reading responses + 5 points for the Check-In Task onMyHeritage(30 points total).

On-Line Students:Students taking part or all of the course entirely via the Net will take part in at least two synchronous discussions duringElluminateOnline Office HoursORview the recordings of three such discussions or recorded lectures and summarize the main ideas in a few paragraphs. This constitutes participation for those students.

(2) Forums:In addition,ALLstudents will post at least one original comment toEVERYthreaded discussion on theHeritage University Virtual Campus(AKA MyHeritage). These assignments will be worth20 points total.

Note on Papers: If you are taking this course in conjunction with Eng 450-550 (Literary Theory), consult with Dr. Schmidt so that you may select topics that allow the papers to be used for both courses.

(3) Papers:Students will write two papers of 4+ pages. Each of these papers will be worth25 points (50 points total). The first paper will entail a discussion of differences between the written versions ofThe Hobbitand/orLOTRand the filmed versions, analyzing the reasons for and success of the changes made. The second paper will entail a critical analysis of any aspect of Tolkien's work using any critical approach(es) desired.UG students taking the course for 1 credit will write only the FIRST paper.GR student option: Write ONE paper of 10+ pages appropriate for a conference or journal submission (you do not actually need to submit it, but students considering Ph.D. study may need some longer writing samples for their applications).

(4) Teaching Demonstration:Students will present a lesson on some aspect of Tolkien's work suitable for a MS, HS, or college classroom. This may be presented during the final weekend or viaEllluminate. The teaching demonstration will be worth25 points. NOTE:UG students taking the course for 2 credits and GR students taking the course for 1 credit will NOT give a teaching demonstration.

Verification Activity: This assignment also serves to verify or authenticate the work of online students. Online students will be expected to produce positive ID to the instructor at the time of the online presentation.

*Figuring Course Grades:*

Check-In Tasks + Check-In "Test"4 + 1Participation or Reading Responses25Forum (Threaded Discussions)20Analysis of Genre (Movies vs. Books)25Critical Analysis25Teaching Demonstration25

Total Possible: (UG 1 credit students: 75 (69+ = A; 67.5+ = A-; 66+ = B+; 61.5+ = B; 60+ = B-; 58.5+ = C+; 54+ = C, 52.5+ = C-; 50+ = D+; 46.5+ = D; 45+ = D-; 44.5- = F.T

otal Possible (UG 2 credit students): 100 (98+ = A+; 92+ = A; 90+ = A-; 88+ = B+; 82+ = B; 80+ = B-; 78+ = C+; 72+ = C; 70+ = C-; 68+ = D+; 62+ = D; 60+ = D-; 59- = F)

Total Possible (UG 3 credit students and Graduate 2 credit students): 125. 92%+ = A; 90%+ = A-; 88%+ = B+; 82%+ = B; 80%+ = B-; 78%+ = C+; 72%+ = C; 70%+ = C-; 68%+ = D+; 62%+ = D; 60% + = D-; 59%- = F.

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