Department of Classics
Summary of Goals and
Your final grade will be determined in the following way:
There are no exams in this course. Instead 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 nine units towards 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.
One of these written assignments will be a mid-course
evaluation. The instructor reserves the right not to
accept any paper submitted after the due date. The average of these papers (and quizzes) will be weighted
as seven units.
Each student will pursue a semester-long
project which focuses on an extended comparison on a
Greco-Roman myth with some appropriate aspect of Classical Mythology in
art. Preparation for this project
must include use of both ancient (primary) and secondary
(scholarly) material, library research, significant
analysis, and original work. See
Individualized Project for
further information. This grade on this project counts as three
your final grade.
Final Oral Presentation
During the final exam period (and in lieu of a final exam) students will
give five-minute oral presentations to the class on their individualized
projects. The grade for this presentation will
be based upon:
1.) the appropriateness of the
presentation to the topic;
presenter's ability to explain the project orally to this audience;
3.) the quality and appropriateness of the handout (required). Handout
must include an abstract and at least one significant image.
Hints about Preparation, Presentation and Grading of Oral Reports
The grade on this oral presentation will count as one unit toward your final
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students at Monmouth College. If you have any
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