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Please direct all questions about the flag proposal process to the Center for the Core Curriculum.
Department of Government
What substantial writing projects will your students complete during the course?
(1) One 1000 wd. paper, end of 2nd week in class. (2, 3) Two 1500-2000 wd. papers, based on the students’ roles in each of the two simulation-games they play (7th week; 13th week)—see attached syllabus. (4) A second 1000 wd. paper (9th or 10th week). (5) Take-home final exam. NB: the proposed writing flag course would constitute a revision of my current 370W class, and involve somewhat different writing assignments and grade-weighting.
What kinds of feedback will students receive from the instructor, and what opportunities will they be given to revise their writing?
Intensive feedback from the instructor on the organization, content, and style of students’ first four papers. Students will be able to revise their two short papers (1, 4), subject to comments from their classmates and instructor.
What amount of the final course grade will come from the written work (minimum one-third for a three-hour course)?
The papers are weighted as follows—provisionally at this point—55 percent of the course grade, with the papers weighted 7%, 12.5%, 12.5%, 7.5%, and 15% each, respectively.
What opportunities will students have to read each other’s work and offer constructive criticism?
Students will read and comment on each others’ two short papers (nos. 1 and 4), the first paper starting off the class and the other peer-reviewed paper a little past the mid-way point of the semester. Students, grouped into threes, will upload their papers on Blackboard, and each person on the three-person team will edit their two classmates’ papers (outside of class). The three-person groups of students will then spend time in class discussing the three papers. Students will then hand in their revised draft to the instructor, along with their initial draft as well as the copies edited by their two classmates.
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