The following is a list of class meetings and assignment due dates. Each student is responsible for scheduling individual meetings with the instructor. Articles and textbook chapters must be read by the class period in which they will be discussed.
August 25 Class Meeting: Exploring a subject
August 30 Class Meeting: Finding a focus
Preliminary thesis ideas discussed
Read Hacker C1 a-c and MLA 1.1 – 1.3
September 1 Class Meeting: Understanding thesis, argument and support
Discussion of assigned articles
Read Hacker A1 a - d
Homework due: Read the following articles:
Dolan, Jill. “Utopia in Performance.” Theatre Research International 31.2 (2006): 163-173.
McConachie, Bruce. “Method Acting and the Cold War.” Theatre Survey 41:1 (May 2000): 47-67.
Apply questions in Hacker A1 sections a or d to one of the articles.
Summarize your response in a 1 page typed essay.
Be prepared to present your conclusions to the class.
September 3 5 pm Thesis topic and bibliography submitted on Blackboard
September 7 5 pm Respond to at least two other topics submitted on Blackboard
September 6 Labor Day – no class meeting
September 8 Class Meeting: Presentation and discussion of topics
September 13 Class Meeting: Presentation and discussion of topics continued
September 15 Class Meeting: From topic to further research
Skim MLA 1.4 – 1.7. Bring to class one new fact you learned about the research process.
September 20 Noon: Proposals due on Blackboard – no class meeting
September 22 Class Meeting: Presentation and discussion of proposals
Bring to class detailed comments on at least two proposals
September 27 Class Meeting: Presentation and discussion of proposals continued
September 29 Class Meeting: Organizing your ideas
Read Hacker C1 – d
Read MLA 1.8
October 1 5 pm Outlines due on Blackboard
October 3 5 pm Respond to at least one other outline submitted on Blackboard
October 4 Class Meeting: Discussion of outlines
October 6 The drafting process
Read Hacker C2 – 4
Read Davis chapter 3
October 11 Individual meetings as needed
October 13 Class Meeting: Navigating writing challenges
October 18 Individual meetings as needed
October 20 Individual meetings as needed
October 25 Noon: First full version of paper posted on Blackboard
Class Meeting: Getting feedback on your work
Reread Hacker C3
October 27 Class Meeting: Peer reviews
November 1 Individual meetings to discuss first version
November 3 No class meeting
November 8 Individual meetings to discuss first version
November 10 Class Meeting: The revising process
November 15 Individual meetings as needed
November 17 Class meeting: The light at the end of the tunnel
November 22 Individual meetings as needed
November 24 Thanksgiving break – no class meeting
November 29 Noon: Final papers due
Class meeting: Presenting your work
December 1 Paper presentations
December 6 Paper presentations
December 8 Paper presentations
Exam period paper presentations December 15 12:30 – 2:30
Procedure: You should make appointments with your supervisor to discuss assignments 2, 3 and 4. Please use the schedule posted on the supervisor’s office door to sign up for appointments. If you miss an appointment or deadline, it is your responsibility to reschedule. Please Remember: Even though there are scheduled activities to help you through the process of writing your thesis, this course relies on your own motivation and discipline. The instructor will guide you, but will not seek you out, remind you about deadlines or do your research for you. If you follow the process outlined above, we’ll get through to graduation; if you fall behind or fail to do the work, we make no promises. The key to a successful process and product is communication: keep your supervisor informed of your progress, difficulties and plans.
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