The Middle Ages, BRITISH LITERATURE

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BeowulfMedieval Romance

Before posting in this Discussion, you should review Online Discussions Rubric.

It is importanrt to follow Discussion Guidelines on pp. 2-3 of Road Map Week 2.

You have 10 question options this week. View them on pp. 3-5 of Road Map Week 2(choose one question)

1 Online Discussions Rubric IMPORTANT! Initial posts must be 300-400 words. Responses to others must be 100-200 words. Desired Specific Requirements Grade To earn the desired grade, the student: • Initiates at least one original post and responds to at least two posts from others • Skillfully uses clear, forceful, and precise language: formal English with correct spelling, punctuation, and engaging voice • Follows discussion instructions exactly A • Uses own words and ideas in thorough, thoughtful, and creative posts • Ensures that all posts are relevant, substantive, and polite • Explicitly comments on the ideas of others when posting responses 30-27 In addition, for all literature discussions, the student: • Uses the text, quoting at least one passage as evidence for his or her ideas • Makes real world connections which are unique and relevant to the literature • Reads and responds to the assignment with insight, understanding, and creativity • Truly engages the text, sharing "discoveries" that reveal a higher understanding of the literature • Initiates at least one original post and responds to at least two posts from others • Uses clear language and, for the most part, correct spelling, punctuation, and voice • Mostly follows discussion instructions • Uses own words and ideas in relatively creative, thoughtful posts; posts could be more thorough B • Makes a clear effort that posts are relevant, substantive, and polite • Refers to the ideas of others when posting responses 26-24 In addition, for all literature discussions, the student: • Uses the text, summarizing the literature as evidence for ideas • Ties real world connections to the literature • Reads and responds to the assignment with understanding and creativity • Shows interest in the text, sharing understandings that reveal comprehension of the literature 2 C 23-21 D 18-20 F 19-↓ • • • • • • Initiates at least one original post and responds to at least one post from others Uses somewhat unclear language and shows some errors in correct spelling, punctuation, and voice Does not follow discussion instructions completely Uses own words but does not attempt any intellectual creativity; posts are brief Sometimes writes posts that are not completely relevant, substantive, or polite Occasionally refers to the ideas of others when posting a response, but at times jumps in with no clear connection to other posts In addition, for all literature discussions, the student: • Sometimes uses the text, but more often falls back on personal stories or real world connections which, while specific, do not reflect the text • Reads and responds to the assignment • Shows a basic understanding of the literature, but brings few insights to the discussion • Does not initiate at least one original post and/or respond to at least one post from others • Uses unclear language and shows multiple errors in correct spelling, punctuation, and voice • Does not follow discussion instructions • Writes posts that are too brief and/or fail to show thought • Writes posts that are irrelevant, non-substantive, and/or impolite • Does not connect to the ideas of others when responding, or does not respond to others at all In addition, for all literature discussions, the student: • Rarely uses the text and does not share “real world” connections • Does not demonstrate that s/he has fully read the assigned text • Shows little or no understanding of the literature and brings no insights to the discussion • Fails to post at all • Fulfills half or less of discussion instruction requirements • Plagiarizes or restates others’ posts
1 Online Discussions Rubric IMPORTANT! Initial posts must be 300-400 words. Responses to others must be 100-200 words. Desired Specific Requirements Grade To earn the desired grade, the student: • Initiates at least one original post and responds to at least two posts from others • Skillfully uses clear, forceful, and precise language: formal English with correct spelling, punctuation, and engaging voice • Follows discussion instructions exactly A • Uses own words and ideas in thorough, thoughtful, and creative posts • Ensures that all posts are relevant, substantive, and polite • Explicitly comments on the ideas of others when posting responses 30-27 In addition, for all literature discussions, the student: • Uses the text, quoting at least one passage as evidence for his or her ideas • Makes real world connections which are unique and relevant to the literature • Reads and responds to the assignment with insight, understanding, and creativity • Truly engages the text, sharing "discoveries" that reveal a higher understanding of the literature • Initiates at least one original post and responds to at least two posts from others • Uses clear language and, for the most part, correct spelling, punctuation, and voice • Mostly follows discussion instructions • Uses own words and ideas in relatively creative, thoughtful posts; posts could be more thorough B • Makes a clear effort that posts are relevant, substantive, and polite • Refers to the ideas of others when posting responses 26-24 In addition, for all literature discussions, the student: • Uses the text, summarizing the literature as evidence for ideas • Ties real world connections to the literature • Reads and responds to the assignment with understanding and creativity • Shows interest in the text, sharing understandings that reveal comprehension of the literature 2 C 23-21 D 18-20 F 19-↓ • • • • • • Initiates at least one original post and responds to at least one post from others Uses somewhat unclear language and shows some errors in correct spelling, punctuation, and voice Does not follow discussion instructions completely Uses own words but does not attempt any intellectual creativity; posts are brief Sometimes writes posts that are not completely relevant, substantive, or polite Occasionally refers to the ideas of others when posting a response, but at times jumps in with no clear connection to other posts In addition, for all literature discussions, the student: • Sometimes uses the text, but more often falls back on personal stories or real world connections which, while specific, do not reflect the text • Reads and responds to the assignment • Shows a basic understanding of the literature, but brings few insights to the discussion • Does not initiate at least one original post and/or respond to at least one post from others • Uses unclear language and shows multiple errors in correct spelling, punctuation, and voice • Does not follow discussion instructions • Writes posts that are too brief and/or fail to show thought • Writes posts that are irrelevant, non-substantive, and/or impolite • Does not connect to the ideas of others when responding, or does not respond to others at all In addition, for all literature discussions, the student: • Rarely uses the text and does not share “real world” connections • Does not demonstrate that s/he has fully read the assigned text • Shows little or no understanding of the literature and brings no insights to the discussion • Fails to post at all • Fulfills half or less of discussion instruction requirements • Plagiarizes or restates others’ posts
1 ENG 242 Road Map: Week 2 This document has 3 sections:  Readings  Resources  Tasks for This Week (including Discussion Guidelines and Questions) You can either do the Readings first, or look at the Resources first to give you some background and then do the readings. Students choose differently. I can see advantages to both. In the coming weeks, you might experiment to see which is most beneficial to your learning. IMPORTANT!!!! You might not be able to access the web links you see underlined throughout this document. (Sometimes that is only possible if you download the document instead of just viewing it.) But no worries. That’s ok. Every site I ask you to visit is listed in this week’s Content. Readings There are 2 required readings this week: 2 1. Beowulf (NAEL, pp. 41-106 or Beowulf online). In the online resource, the actual poem begins on .pdf page 17. You will see the original Old English on the left side, and the new Seamus Heaney translation on the right. You are not required to read the Introduction, but it is interesting. It might give away what happens in the story, though. Spoliers! Beowulf is an Anglo-Saxon long, narrative, epic poem, although J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, hated calling it an epic and insisted it is an elegy. 2. Marie de France’s Lanval (NAEL, pp. 121-134 or Lanval online) Note: These 2 translations are different, but both are good. Lanval is a lay, a short, narrative poem in verse. Resources PowerPoints 1. O’Connor’s PowerPoint: The Anglo-Saxon Period in British Literature (found in Content, Week 2) 2. O’Connor’s PowerPoint: British Literature in the Middle Ages (found in Content, Week 2) Videos 3. British Literature Unit Preview 1: Anglo-Saxons. This will give you the first part of an overview of Module 1, The Middle Ages. 4. Story of Beowulf A short summary—Spoilers! 5. Beowulf: Thug Notes Summary and Analysis Spoilers! 6. History Channel's Clash of the Gods: Beowulf A little long (45 minutes) but will give you comments from historians and academics to provide a context for the poem. Watch as much as you like. It’s entertaining—really! 7. British Literature Unit Preview 1.5: Medieval Period. This will give you the second part of an overview of Module 1, The Middle Ages. 8. A couple short, slightly cheesy videos of a low-budget Lanval. No legit film version has been made yet, but these might help you visualize.  Sir Lanval (film; opening sequence)  Lanval Meets the Fair Lady (film excerpt) Optional Background Information 3 NAEL Study Space: The Middle Ages (optional) Remember, you are not required to take any online quizzes or do the online flashcards here. However, Period Introduction Overview, Timeline, Images, and Audio Recordings are helpful and quite interesting. Note: Not all Images are available unless you have a code from a purchased copy of the book, since images may be subject to copyright. Tasks for This Week You have 4 tasks for Week 2: 1. Complete all Readings. 2. Review all Resources. 3. Take Quiz 2: The Middle Ages You will do fine on this quiz if you have read Beowulf and Lanval, viewed the Power Point presentations, and know the meaning of a lay (see top of p. 2). 4. Post in Week 2 Discussion: The Middle Ages Discussions info continues next page Discussion Guidelines Please read the following Discussion guidelines carefully! 1. Be sure to review Online Discussions Rubric (found under Content, Important Course Information). This will tell you expectations and how scores are calculated. 2. You have 10 question options. Your Subject line must include the number and title of the question you are answering. Only 2 students may answer the same question! If you choose a question other students have posted first, your answer will be given a 0. To make sure you get the question you want, I advise making a post with an appropriate subject line and putting in a message like, I will be answering this question. You can always go back and Edit the post to complete your answer later to meet your deadline. That way, you will have “reserved” the question you want. That will avoid other people taking your question while you are in the middle of answering it! If you like a question and want it, reserve it early. 3. Regardless of which question you choose, you will write 2 paragraphs for your initial post and at least 2 response posts to other students. 4. Do not attach files to the Discussion. I advise you compose (and save!) your answer in Word (which allows you to do a word count). Then copy/paste your response into the Discussion textbox. Discussion Questions to Choose From (pick only 1!) 4 1. Question 1: Beowulf and Anglo-Saxon Values 1  In ¶ 1, discuss 3 examples from Beowulf that show the values of bravery and family and kinship. For each, explain how the poem Beowulf reflects that cultural ideal or value. Be sure to use specific examples from the poem to back up your point. For an A or B score, you should quote at least one line from the text, but be sure to credit line numbers parenthetically if you do. Use line #s, not page #s.  In ¶2, discuss if you feel these values are important to our society today. In what instances do you see them? Explain why you feel we as a culture embrace these values, or not. 2. Question 2: Beowulf and Anglo-Saxon Values 2  In ¶ 1, discuss 3 examples from Beowulf that show the values of loyalty and duty, generosity, and/or sacrifice. For each, explain how the poem Beowulf reflects that cultural ideal or value. Be sure to use specific examples from the poem to back up your point. For an A or B score, you should quote at least one line from the text, but be sure to credit line numbers parenthetically if you do. Use line #s, not page #s.  In ¶2, discuss if you feel these values are important to our society today. In what instances do you see them? Explain why you feel we as a culture embrace these values, or not. 3. Question 3: Beowulf as Popular Epic 1  In ¶ 1, discuss 3 examples from Beowulf that show the epic characteristics of the nationally important man and superhero qualities. For each, explain how the character Beowulf fits that profile. Be sure to use specific examples from the poem to back up your point. For an A or B score, you should quote at least one line from the text, but be sure to credit line numbers parenthetically if you do. Use line #s, not page #s.  In ¶2, discuss if you feel these qualities equal a “hero” today. Do heroes have to be nationally known? Must they be superhuman? Are they always male? In your eyes, what makes a modern hero? 4. Question 4: Beowulf as Popular Epic 2  In ¶ 1, discuss 3 examples from Beowulf that show the epic characteristics of God or gods taking an interest in human affairs and a story told in an elevated, ceremonial style. For each, explain how the poem has evidence of both of these characteristics. Be sure to use specific examples from the poem to back up your point. For an A or B score, you should quote at least one line from the text, but be sure to credit line numbers parenthetically if you do. Use line #s, not page #s. 5  In ¶2, discuss whether you feel there are epic stories today. What kinds of movies, comic books, television series, graphic novels, video games, or other media qualify as “epic”? Are we still interested in epic stories, or with social media, are we more interested in people’s common experiences, like Instagram photos of their dinners? 5. Question 5: Beowulf as Elegy  J.R. R. Tolkien (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings) did not consider Beowulf an epic. He felt if it fit any form, it was an elegy, or tribute to the dead. Elegies are poems of morning that contain praise, grief, and comfort, in no particular order. In ¶ 1, discuss 1 example of each of these 3 from Beowulf. Be sure to use specific examples from the poem to back up your point. For an A or B score, you should quote at least one line from the text, but be sure to credit line numbers parenthetically if you do. Use line #s, not page #s.  In ¶2, discuss whether you feel it is important to commemorate the dead. How do we do this in modern times? Are eulogies important? It is important to document or honor another’s life in some way? Why or why not? Can you make any personal connections to having lost someone significant to you? 6. Question 6: Lanval as Medieval Romance 1  In ¶ 1, discuss 3 examples from Lanval that show the medieval romance characteristics of the lack of realism/probability and religious or supernatural elements. For each, explain how the story has those characteristics. Be sure to use specific examples from the poem to back up your point. For an A or B score, you should quote at least one line from the text.  In ¶2, discuss your reaction to romances of today. What are some you are familiar with, in any kind of media (film, television, popular culture)? Are romances today more realistic? 7. Question 7: Lanval as Medieval Romance 2  In ¶ 1, discuss 3 examples from Lanval that show the medieval romance characteristics of the presence of a quest and devotion to a fair lady. For each, explain how the story has those characteristics. Be sure to use specific examples from the poem to back up your point. For an A or B score, you should quote at least one line from the text.  In ¶2, discuss your reaction to quests and/or chivalry today. Do men still need to “prove themselves”? If so, how? And is chivalry dead? 6 8. Question 8: Comparison 1  In ¶ 1, discuss 3 ways the male hero is the same or different between Beowulf and Lanval. Does he have the same characteristics? How is the hero different? What motivates him? Be sure to use specific examples from the poems to back up your point. For an A or B score, you should quote at least one line from either or both texts.  In ¶2, discuss what makes a male hero in your eyes. Who are some of the men you admire today, and why? 9. Question 9: Comparison 2  In ¶ 1, discuss 3 ways women are portrayed similarly or differently between Beowulf and Lanval. Does they have the same characteristics? How are they different? What motivates them? Do they seem like real women to you? Be sure to use specific examples from the poems to back up your point. For an A or B score, you should quote at least one line from either or both texts.  In ¶2, discuss the importance of telling stories from a female point of view (if you feel that is important). Do you feel women from the time period of these 2 poems just had boring lives, or were their stories being neglected? Is it important to document women’s experiences, and did you feel these poems did that? 10. Question 10: Comparison 3  In ¶ 1, discuss 3 ways you see the literature evolving over the time between the 2 pieces. Find 3 specific ways the stories are different and what you see as a progression from Beowulf to Lanval. What does this say about how society might have been changing? Be sure to use specific examples from the poems to back up your point. For an A or B score, you should quote at least one line from either or both texts.  In ¶2, discuss changes you feel you have seen in our society since your younger years. What is different about today from when you came up, or even from a few years ago? Do you see these changes for the better of for the worse?

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