CLAS230 Classical Mythology
Department of Classics
Monmouth College
Goals and Requirements:

Your final grade will be determined in the following way:

Short Papers 15%

Quizzes 45%

Individualized Project  30%

Class Presentation 10%


Short Papers

Approximately once a week each student will submit a statement on an assigned reading. These statements, at least 600 words (two pages) in length are informal, short, non-research essays on discussion topics. They are not just summaries of activities. They should go beyond mere recording of events to include personal analysis and commentary. Emphasis will be on (1) integration of the student's own ideas and thoughts with the subject matter of the course and on (2) coherent and logical expression of these ideas. In these statements you will briefly summarize the main points, offer your own opinion and thoughts about the topics raised, and support your statement with specific data. One of these written assignments will be a mid-course evaluation.Occasionally there may also be in-class writing assignments.


There will be no major exams in this course. Instead there will be several quizzes throughout the semester, including a chronology quiz on the Trojan war, two unit quizzes (one at mid-term and one at the end of semester, and one (1) map (geography) quiz. The unit quizzes will be based upon material covered in class and in course readings. Types of questions for the unit quizzes may include multiple choice, true/false, fill-in the blank, and short essays. Other quizzes, both announced and unannounced, may be given at the discretion of the instructor. No make-ups for quizzes will be given.

Class Presentation
During the final exam period students will present to the class five-minute oral summaries of their individual projects.  The grade for this presentation will be based upon 1.) the appropriateness of the presentation to the topic; 2.)  the presenter's ability to explain the project orally to this audience; 3.) the quality and appropriateness of the visual features accompanying the presentation which are prepared in addition to the actually product and specifically for this presentation (e.g., hand-outs, posters or skits; no use of on-line resources permitted.).Note: These visual features are not required, but can improve your grade on the presentation.


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