Your participation in class and group projects is indispensable to your learning process and the success of the class. There will be a great deal of reading, researching, and writing in this class. It will be essential for you to stay current with the reading in order to glean any benefit from the lectures and class discussions. In group projects it will be essential that you be responsible and dependable to the members of your group. The knowledge in this class is cumulative and the homework is designed to support what is being taught. You must read all of the plays and do the homework questions before they are discussed in class.


Students will be evaluated in the following areas:

Homework: The homework will be primarily reading and researching each play, followed by homework assignments with three or four questions. The questions will generally be directed towards a comparison or synthesis of two or more ideas, rather than simple factual information about the play. Theme, symbolism, character, historical context, style, and structure are all possible areas of exploration. It is expected that you read each play at least twice. I drop the poorest homework question assignment when figuring your final grade.

Homework not originally turned in on time may not be turned in later than two weeks after the due date unless there are extenuating circumstances and an arrangement for the completion of the work has been made with the professor. Late work will be graded down one third of a grade.

All homework and papers must be word-processed with 12 point font, double spaced and with one inch margins. Put your name, the name of the class, my name, and the title of the assignment in the upper left corner of your paper. Papers must have a bibliography if appropriate, and references must be cited in MLA format. Spell-check and proof-read your work!

Attendance Policy: This class meets twice per week.  For purposes of grading, each absence in excess of four (two weeks) will lower your grade 1/3 point (A to A-, etc.) Three “lates”—later than 15 minutes—will equal one absence. A serious family matter, serious illness, injury, or a chronic condition is necessary to be excused beyond this policy.

Class Presentation & Discussion:  At the beginning of the semester, class presentation slots will be assigned to groups of students (usually three per group). You must collaborate and organize the project with your partners.  The presentation will be graded as one homework. Discussion in class is an important part of the course. Your willingness to answer questions and join in the discussion will be noted and may affect your grade.

Response Paper: You will be required to see one major professional theatre production and write a 2-3 page paper about the production. Essentially this is a “response paper” in which you will analyze and describe whether or not the production contributes to or detracts from the playwright's intentions. It is appropriate to do research on the plays and playwrights, and reference any reviews that may be available. DO NOT leave this to the last minute! Your ticket stub must be stapled to the papers.

Mid-Term and End of Term exams: Each will cover approximately one half of the semester's content. They are standard “blue book” exams with essay questions.

Final Proposal and Paper:  Described on separate pages

Grading Policy: Homework, exams, and papers will be graded A-F. Spelling, grammar, usage, and punctuation all count towards your grade on papers. Stylistically, all papers for this class are to be considered formal.  Proofread your work. Grade percentages are:

Homework Questions:      50 percent of Final Grade

Mid-Term Exam:                  10 percent

End of Term Exam:          10 percent

Response paper:                  10 percent

Final paper:                       20 percent

After the grades for the homework, tests, and papers are averaged, attendance is taken into consideration. Incompletes are given rarely and only as the result of serious and unusual circumstances. The professor reserves the right to take into consideration any special conditions beyond this grading policy that may apply to a fair and balanced evaluation of a student.

Communication:   I will be communicating with you from time to time via email. You need to check your Suffolk University email address regularly, ie: every day. I will not be sending email to any other account.

In the event that the university cancels classes (such as for severe weather) or the professor's absence, students are expected to continue with homework as originally scheduled and are due at the next class meeting unless other instructions are posted at the course website or communicated via email. The professor will contact you via email, so be sure to check. If you do not receive an email from me, please contact me.

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