Requirements & Expectations for the Creative Presentation

Individual students will:

  • Equally & fairly participate in the creation of presentation. Presentation must be something that everyone can work on or contribute to.
  • Fairly & equally decide who will speak during the presentation.
    (EX: Each team member speaks for 2 minutes.)
  • Actively contribute during presentation critiques.

Editors will:

  • Keep an accurate team spreadsheet (via google docs or similar) of all team members’ contributions & due dates.
  • Provide instructor with a copy of presentation, if necessary.

Teams will:

  • Create a creative presentation of the ideas and conclusion within their conference paper.  Presentation must address how your team handled the question “why study women’s literature?”
  • Presentation must be a minimum of 10 minutes long.
  • Be prepared to answer questions from the class after presentation.
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Requirements & Expectations for the Conference Paper

For this course, you & three team mates will be conducting an investigation into the question, “why study women’s literature?” This investigation is a creative research project culminating in a co-authored conference paper & creative presentation. Additionally, teams will keep a blog recording their research process & discoveries.

Completed conference papers must be 15 pages and of publishable quality. Interested teams will be directed towards resources for publication and/or professional presentation of papers at academic conferences.

Your conference paper may be informal, as in you may use “I” and subjective experience, however, the paper must be thoughtful, well-constructed, and academic at heart. The paper will be co-authored by your entire team. This will serve as a significant challenge, as you all must communicate effectively in order to co-ordinate your efforts. All team mates must contribute equal work in terms of research, writing, and editing.

Please see “What is a conference paper?” for more information about this genre of writing.

Individual students will:

  • Fairly & responsibly contribute to the co-authoring of conference paper as decided by the team. Individual team members all must equally contribute writing to the paper.
    (EX: Each member writes one section of the paper.)
  • Fairly & responsibly contribute to the editing & revision process, including editing individual & team writing.
  • Accurately cite all sources, quotes, images, and media.
  • Heed all due dates as decided by the team and your instructor.

Editors will:

  • Keep an accurate team spreadsheet (via google docs or similar) of all team members’ contributions & team writing due dates.
  • Provide copies to the instructor when drafts/final copies are due.
  • Check sources.

Teams will:

  • Co-author a conference paper of publishable quality. Paper must be 15pgs long, and adhere to MLA conventions.
  • Collaborate on all aspects of the conference paper, including team due dates, brainstorming, revisions, outlines, workload, meetings, etc.
  • Cooperate & collaborate respectfully as equals.
  • Provide team members with thoughtful feedback on drafts, revisions, and editing.

Requirements & Expectations for the Why Read Project Blog

Individual students will:

  • Keep up with course readings.
  • Participate in research as decided by the team.
  • Contribute a minimum of 15 written (2+ paragraphs long) blog entries regarding research.
  • Create blog entries that will demonstrate unique ideas, connections, prompts, questions, etc.
  • Provide thoughtful, well-written material.
  • Comment a minimum of 10 times on other teams’ blogs.
  • Take turns writing the weekly Critical Review of a course reading.
  • Take turns acting as blog editor.
  • Use and reference the Internet appropriately — including the content / value of all entries, links, comments, and behind-the-scenes administration of the web site itself
    (EX: including author’s name & a link to the original source when quoting or using images.)
  • Sign up for relevant web collaboration tool accounts (when necessary)

Editors will:

  • Maintain the team’s blog during the length of three weeks.
  • Support individual requests regarding the publication of blog entries, content, and website maintenance.
    (EX: If blog post is about shoes instead of the project, editor can delete or ask for clarification.
    EX2: If the font on the website is difficult to read, team members can ask the editor to fix it.)
  • Collaborate with instructor regarding website changes, if needed.
  • Encourage team members to maintain regular participation.
  • Keep an accurate team spreadsheet (via google docs or similar) of all team members’ contributions to-date.

Teams will:

  • Successfully create a blog that demonstrates insight & analysis gained from research into course question. Blog must be connected to women’s literature. (EX: if focusing on contemporary feminism, you must talk about writers in the movement, not musicians.)
  • Create a unique ‘name’  for the blog.
  • Share information, questions, and discoveries via the blog.
  • Work collaboratively to split work & research fairly.
  • Use class time and computers in an appropriate manner at all times.