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Tom Versteeg
Introduction to Literature

 
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The End of the Quarter as We Know It. . .
 

Below please find a day-by-day account of what to expect in class right up until the very end of the quarter.

Fri. 5/26: Another day with our old pal Oedipus (Special reminder: as we previously decided, we won't be having an in-class peer response day for those turning in new projects--i.e. not revisions of the first essay--for the second project due date, but a peer response completed by a class member is still a requirement for submission, so if you're planning to turn in a new project for the second due date, be sure to make arrangements with a classmate to do the peer response job before next Tuesday. Recall that peer response forms are available in the Documents section as well as in the folder in our classroom. And recall, too, that if you got an essay accepted in the first go-round and are creating something other than an essay for a second project, you should still get peer response on that creation, though, of course, as you and your interlocutor consult, you'll both want to adjust the questions on the peer response sheet so they make sense for your particular project.)
 
Tues. 5/30: Second project turn-in plus our first day with the new batch of stories, and yep, that means an LSQ, as well as some more meaty group work. (Special note: anybody who turns in a new essay project today can also count that essay as the journal that would otherwise have come in today.) Also, let's make this the last day journals will be due.
 
Thur. 6/1: Another day with the stories
 
Fri. 6/2: More work re last stories, including a brief look at Modernism and Post-Modernism
 
Mon. 6/5: Last day with our last stories 
 
Tues. 6/6: First day with final batch of poems (LSQ plus something real. . .)  
 
Thur. 6/8: "Ideal Poem" seminar
 
Fri. 6/9: “Ideal Poem” seminar
 
Mon. 6/12: Last regular day of class in our class and all classes across campus. We'll have a way too quick look at Neo-Classicism, Romanticism, and Modernism in our last group of poems, tie up loose ends, and if novel groups need it, they'll have time to play with the computer's audio-visual stuff to make sure it'll work right for their projects on Friday. If, between now and Friday, anybody has a question about the class or their novel project, feel free to swing by my office and have a chat.
 
Fri. 6/16:  Novel projects presented, turn in day for any last non-novel projects (for new projects, don't forget peer responses), course wrap-up, and fond farewells (Important note: this two-hour period [11:30-1:30] is our class's [and all 11:30 classes'] officially scheduled finals time. Both because it is an officially scheduled class day and, even more, because novel presenters deserve an attentive audience for their projects, the urge some who aren't presenting may feel to simply skip the class should be strongly resisted. While the prospect of seeing several cool novel projects performed should, on its own, provide plenty of motivation for people to show up, to even further help folks resist the urge to ditch class, let's make this final presentation day a double-cut day; that is, anybody who doesn't show up on this day will have two group misses tacked on to their class record.)