en discussion

Description

Participation in the discussion thread is worth 20 points per unit. The assignment consists of two things—posting your first response to the prompts, and participating in the conversation by responding to at least two of your peers’ postings.

1. DISCUSSION PROMPT RESPONSE

The full fifteen points will be given to a discussion response posting that

  • Responds to every aspect of the discussion prompt with originality
  • Displays a familiarity with the texts and topics being discussed
  • Exceeds three hundred words

At the discretion of the instructor, points will be taken off any response that does not fulfill all of these goals. Late points will be deducted according to the standard late submission policy.

2. RESPONSE TO PEERS

The full five points will be given if you provide at least two response postings that

  • Interact with a classmate’s post with originality and thoroughness
  • Exceed one hundred words

At the discretion of the instructor, points will be taken off any response that does not fulfill all of these goals. Late points will be deducted according to the standard late submission policy.

You’ll notice that the requirements for the discussion are not as formulated or rigorous as ones for written assignments. You should consider the discussion threads as being analogous to the kind of discussions you would have in a face-to-face class: our goals should be to say things that are interesting, provocative, and respectful. While you’re encouraged to proofread, and to avoid the more slang- and emoticon-fueled discourse that appears on Twitter and Facebook, it’s okay to be a little more casual in style and phrasing. You are very much encouraged to post more than twice to the postings of your peers; the two longest postings are just the ones that will be evaluated.

All discussion prompt responses are due by 11 p.m. on Wednesday.

Respond to BOTH of the following prompts:

1. If a tragic hero is associated with hamartia, that must mean that Antigone has a particular flaw or commits a particular error that leads to her downfall. So what kind of hamartia do we associate with Antigone? Do we blame her at all for what happens to her?

2. After watching the three YouTube videos, which of the Hamlet performances do you think does the best job of getting across both the meaning of Shakespeare’s words and the attitude or personality of Hamlet? Explain your answer thoroughly.

After you’ve posted your responses, you will then need to post responses to at least two of your classmates’ responses on the Discussion Thread.