Classical Mythology
Department of Classics
Monmouth College


Summary of Goals and Requirements

Your final grade will be determined in the following way:

See Grading Scale for information about the equivalence of numeric and letter grades.

In-Class Work
There will be a series of quizzes, both announced and unannounced, in class writing assignments, group work and other in-class activities. The average of these activities will be weighted as 10% of your final grade.

Short Writing Assignments
There will be one short response paper every week, based upon topics discussed in class. These papers will include accurate and specific reference to course materials as well as your own response to this material. A suggested topic will always be provided by the instructor, but you are also invited to use any other topic of your choice appropriate to the course material for that week. These weekly papers must be at least 600-words in length (two full pages) and follow Prof. Sienkewicz' Writing Guidelines.  The instructor reserves the right not to accept any paper submitted after the due date. The average of these papers (and quizzes) will be 40% of your final grade.

Unit Exams
There will be two unit exams. The average of these exams will be 40% of your final grade.

Final Oral Presentation
During the final exam period (and in lieu of a final exam) students will give oral presentations to the class. The goal of this presentation is to provide a summary overview of a particular myth or person connected with the Greco-Roman Underworld.
The gr
ade for this presentation will be based upon:
1.) accuracy of information;
2.)  a well-stated thesis;
3.) appropriate use of primary ancient sources
4.) demonstration of some independent research (including at least one significant print resource);
5.) the quality and appropriateness of the handout (required). Handout must include an abstract, at least one significant image, and an annotated bibliography with at least one website and one printed resource (which supplement rather than duplicate sources covered in class).
Some Hints about Preparation, Presentation and Grading of Oral Reports
The grade on this oral presentation will count as 10% toward your final grade.

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