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The Assignments for this Course: Overview


The assignments in this course are designed to introduce you to a number of ways of reading and responding to Shakespeare's plays.

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Due Dates for Assignments

Here are the dates for submitting your assignments, and the weight given each in your final grade:

Assignment Due Date Weight
Logging on the Web Board Friday of week 2 0% (but mandatory)
A scene blocked
Video review
Friday of week 7
Explication Friday of week 10
Participation in the Web Board [throughout]
Final Examination [TBA]

As you will see from the table above, later assignments count more than earlier ones, so that you are evaluated more by what you achieve by the end of the course.

Policy on Rewrites

If you wish to do so, you can submit a rewrite of any assignment. If you do so, I shall follow this procedure:
  1. I shall give a rapid assessment of the paper (I shall read it but will make few, if any, comments)
  2. The mark will be recorded separately from the original mark
  3. At the end of the course, if your mark is close to a borderline I shall consider the mark on the rewrite, and will move your final grade above the borderline if the additional mark justifies it
No mark can be reduced by a rewrite.

Late Assignments

There is no penalty for late assignments when you have received an extension before the due date. Late assignments will be marked, but will be assessed a penalty of at least 5% and not more than 10%.

Please note: All assignments are to be handed in by email, unless otherwise indicated, and must arrive by midnight on the due date.

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How to Submit Assignments

All assignments will be submitted by email to <>. With the exception of the Scene Blocked (#3), all assignments must be submitted in "plain text" or "text only" format. Plain text is the kind that can be pasted into a regular email message, not sent as an "attachment." The number of word processing programs, and versions of them, is so great that while I may be able to translate your essay into a readable form at my end, you may not be able to read my marked version.

Plain vanilla email is a kind of lowest common denominator, and is universally readable in the computer world--so that's what you should stick to. I don't want to privilege one system over another--and it's good practice in the real world of muliple machines to get used to sending and receiving plain text. You can write your assignment on any word processor, then either paste it directly into your email program, or save it as a plain text (or "ascii") file first.

Formatting Email Assignments

Because plain text files cannot support formatting (italics, headings and so on) you should adopt the following sort-of-format:

How Assignments Will Be Returned

All assignments will be returned by email.

A Note on Plagiarism

Remember that all direct quotations and borrowed ideas that you use in your writing must be identified. Failure to give others credit for their words and ideas is plagiarism -- a serious offence. See A Writer's Guide for more on plagiarism, and for instructions on the way you should cite material you quote or use in your work.
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