Department of Classics
Summary of Goals and
Your final grade will be determined in the following way:
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.
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 grade for this presentation will
be based upon:
1.) accuracy of
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).
Hints about Preparation, Presentation and Grading of Oral Reports
The grade on this oral presentation will count as 10% toward your final
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