3/21 Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness 1-27
3/23 Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness 28-75
3/25 Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness, 76-103
Daodejing 7, 11, 12, 20
You’ll post at the Discussion Board most weeks. You might think of it as your (shared) journal of your readings. The DB posts are based upon your reading, and are used to evaluate your ability to closely analyze the reading and your thoughtful ness about the reading, and to thoroughly share your ideas in writing. The Discussion Board is the place to both practice and demonstrate these skills. Due dates vary—check each week’s schedule carefully. Posts may not be made up at a later date. Instructions follow:
Each Discussion Board post should contain:
--An overview of the reading, as if you were trying to explain to a classmate, quite generally, what the text is about and what it is like to read. This means that you cover the main ideas—this is not a summary of events. Think abstractly about the text and share the main ideas, themes, issues.
--Explication of lines: Choose a few lines that you feel are related to a main idea that interests you from the above to explicate fully. These lines (or images) should express an aspect of an idea that is both highly significant to the author and highly meaningful to you. Be as accurate as you can be in describing the author’s position., and add your own thoughts on the issue as well. You do not need to agree with an author. Use the “Text Analysis Tipsheet” (at Blackboard) to help you consider various aspects and details of the passage . Format and cite properly. You might begin to notice or pick a theme to follow for the semester— Love? Power? Knowng? Violence and Peace? Or anything you’ think you’d like to think about in relation to several texts.
--Discuss a way that what you’ve discussed connects to a contemporary issue—you can check the news if you can’t think of something right away. Be sure to cite if you include an outside source. Don’t overgeneralize—truly show that you notice how the issue you’ve discussed above connects to our times and show that you know about the event in context. You may also connect to your own experience and life if you wish.
--Choose one line from the Daodejing . Include it, and discuss how It may compare or contrast with the idea in this week’s text. Use quotation marks, Note the Chapter number. If you are able to read it in Chinese, you may include that as well and give your own translation. If you find translations in other languages you read, you may include those as well. I’ve given suggestions for each week but feel very free to browse and make your own choice.
I will be looking for the following in your posts:
· Thoroughness of noticing of main ideas, themes, issues: demonstration of thoughtful reading
· Precision of noticing and thoughtfulness in the explication of chosen lines
· Precision of connection and distinction vis à vis contemporary issue
· Overall effort and clarity
Discussion Board posts will be collected by you at the end of the semester in a Folio submitted online to SafeAssign. For the Folio, collect your posts together in a way that presents them in a meaningful way, and include of a reflection or other type of guide to the contents. You may not make up posts, but you may reflect further on what you’ve written.
--Discussion Boad post due times are specified in the schedule. You may not revise or make these up—they are due by the specified time, so make sure to complete them on time. You may respond to others’ posts. Responding to others’ posts can counts towards participation.
-- Grading: Come see me during office hours to get feedback, corrections, and support about your posts. I will grade your posts collectively at the end of the semester. Keep them strong across the semester, your best each time!
--Cite for images, too! Plagiarism rules (of course!) apply to work at the Discussion Board
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