I have had some questions about the two major assignments for the class, so here is what I am looking for. Most importantly, I would like you to leave the class with something useful to you in your life beyond December. For the teachers in the group, I imagine a well-thought out unit plan that would last several weeks and use one or more of the course texts will probably be of use and serve as a final project. For the academics, a final paper that could serve as a conference paper or the beginnings of an article will be useful (I’m thinking 10-15 pages). I am also open to hearing other ideas for a final project.
So, the first paper should be something that will help you get to your final project. If you are going to do a unit plan, I would like the first paper to be a five-page rationale that explains why teaching postcolonial texts is important. Imagine that you have to make a pitch to your principal or school board to make the case for a new unit (you don’t even need to know what your unit would look like yet). Explain to them what postcolonial texts are and give a theoretical framework for this kind of study in a secondary classroom.
If you are thinking about writing an academic paper for your final project, pick several theoretical pieces to tangle with. Summarize them. Pull out their claims. Respond to them. Explain why you see them as useful. What questions do they make you raise?
So for paper one, I won’t see much discussion of specific literary pieces. (And if it serves you to write the final project using poco theory to read a text we didn’t read in class, I am ok with that as long as you let me know. Jordan, I am looking at you).
If you have questions, let me know. You are welcome to schedule time with me during my office hours. But you can also contact me and we can Skype in the evening if you need some face time and cannot meet with me during the daytime.
I would love to know what you are thinking of doing. Maybe you could leave me a paragraph comment to give me a sense of your direction?
When you are ready to turn in your first paper, email it to my Kutztown email.