Modern Drama, Spring 2020/Requirements

From Gerald R. Lucas
CRN 27081 engl 3900.02 tr 12:30–1:45 h-online coas-122 Spring 2020
Requirement %
Research / Writing 50%
Participation / Daily Work 30%
Final Exam 20%

This course is composed of three requirements: a major research, writing project, daily work, and a final exam listed in the chart on the right. The two former requirements will be on-going throughout the semester, will require regular contributions, and may be comprised of various assignments. The final exam will test your knowledge of the semester’s material and be given during the university’s scheduled exam time.

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Research / Writing

This will be determined during the first class session. It will be one of two options:

  1. A significant Wikipedia contribution on one of the major plays that we read this semester and weekly Wikipedia training; or
  2. A series of short research essays (likely 2 before midterm and two after) and weekly online discussions of the plays.

The class will come to a consensus during the first meeting, and I will detail whichever choice we make above.


Active participation in the classroom is required. Your daily work and attendance represents your participation, like: reading, discussions, training, exercises, library tasks, short writing responses, reading quizzes, peer editing, the viewing of a film, and similar activities. Your participation in group activities and your preparation for class will be weighed heavily in evaluation: participation, effort, and attitude count significantly. You should not sit in class like you’re watching TV: learning requires active participation and enthusiasm (see Student Behavior).

Final Exam

Pro Tip
Share a Google Doc with every member of the class. Use it to collaborate on class notes each day we meet. Consider it a master study document.

Students’ knowledge of the course texts and lecture materials will be tested with a final exam. This exam will test your knowledge of the subject matter (texts, lecture material, and vocabulary), your ability to synthesize this material, and your creativity in going beyond the discussion and lecture materials. The exam will include vocabulary, identification, and interpretation. All exam grades will be based upon objective knowledge of the material, thoroughness, depth of insight, precision, and originality.[1]

Required Materials


This course has one required text (purchase using the Amazon affiliate[2] link below or through another bookstore).

  • Gainor, J. Ellen; Garner Jr., Stanton B.; Puchner, Martin, eds. (2017). The Norton Anthology of Drama. Volume 2 (Third ed.). New York: W. W. Norton & Company.

Your course book(s) or readings should always accompany you to class, as we will make heavy use of them in our daily discussions. Please do not come to class without it: we need the texts for class activities, in-class writing, and all aspects of our study. PDFs must be printed if they are used in class—this includes exams. Failure to do so will earn you an absence (see Attendance).

You should also bring an ink interface of some sort, as well as dead trees on which to take notes. Notes should not only reflect good listening skills, but individual interest in every topic discussed in class.


  1. See the various resources available on this web site to help. They should assist in exam prep and provide guidance for your study throughout the semester.
  2. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases; links to Amazon contain my associate ID. All revenue earned goes to support the costs associated with maintaining this web site.
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