Assignment Outcome
  • Students will be able to demonstrate interest in and interaction with the course material on a deeper and/or creative level.

Relevant Course Outcomes
  • Students will be able to identify and analyze the textual, historical, and cultural contexts of works of literature.
  • Students will be able to read works of literature closely and thoroughly.
  • Students will be able to develop insights effectively through written communication, particularly via collaborative wiki.

Badge (n.) Originally: a heraldic symbol worn as an identifying mark by a knight and his retainers (sometimes more fully badge of arms). -- Oxford English Dictionary

Due:
  • At least 3 Units 1-5 Badges - March 28
  • At least 3 Units 6-10 Badges - May 11

Instructions:
Sign up for a Credly account by clicking here. VERY IMPORTANT: you MUST verify your email address after you create the account in order for you to get credit for your Badges.*

By completing certain criteria, you may earn a variety of different Badges (see below for choices and descriptions of criteria). To earn an A for this portion of your course grade, you must earn at least three Units 1-5 Badges by midterm (related to a minimum of two different units) and another three Unites 6-10 Badges by the final (related to a minimum of two different units). Any Badges over three earned during each of these sections will count as Extra Credit. These may be earned at any time during the relevant sections of the course (i.e. the before midterm or before the final).

Once you have completed the requirements for a Badge, go to the relevant link below and request your Badge. If all the requirements have been sufficiently met, you will then receive it. If not, you will be asked to revise and request again.

In addition, through the site Credly, you may create and send Badges to other students (or me if you like!) in the class. You may send as many as you like. If any student earns at least 5 Badges from 5 DIFFERENT classmates in a Badge period, it will count as one of the required Badges or Extra Credit for that period. (Note: If I notice any abuse of this option - i.e. trading Badges, awarding to friends, etc. - it will be discontinued.)

Finally, if a student by far has the most Badges (course ones in addition to classmate Badges) each Badge period, they will earn a prize!

DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE DEADLINE TO COMPLETE YOUR BADGES! THIS DOES NOT GO WELL FOR YOU (in case you have not met the criteria and have to ask for the Badge again) OR ME (I have to approve at least 84 Badges per half-semester - do not make me do this all in one evening!)

Details to Remember:
  • If you are inclined, you may share your Badges via various social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter)! Tell your friends about your accomplishments!

How Badges Will Be Graded
  • Badges will be 10% of the overall course grade.
  • Badges earned will be graded upon the following scale.
6 Badges (3 Units 1-5, 3 Units 6-10)
A
5 Badges (fairly equally distributed)
B
4 Badges (equally distributed)
C
3 Badges (fairly equally distributed)
D
1-2 Badge(s)
F

Choices for Units 1-5 Badges: WorldLitClass is a "free" one and not an option for these Badges
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Unit 1
To earn Monuments Person Badge: 1) Select an artifact (any time period, any geography) which you would risk your life to save (be serious); 2) on your personal page on the wiki, provide an image of this artifact; 3) Discuss why you would be willing to risk your life for this artifact
To earn Prime Directive Badge: 1) Reread the article “Prime Directive" on Memory Alpha; 2) In your personal page on the wiki, write a paragraph that paraphrases Star Trek's Prime Directive in your own words; 3) Speculate on how the Prime Directive applies to this course

Unit 2
To earn Origins Badge: 1) Select three images of representations of three different creation stories (i.e. one from Genesis, one from "The Myth of Creation," etc.); 2) Add them to your personal page on the wiki and label them; 3) Discuss the similarities and differences in these three representations
To earn Illustrator I Badge (only choose this one if you have artistic ability): Choose three characters from texts in Units 1-2 to illustrate. Add them to the Illustrator Padlet.

Unit 3
To earn Malala Badge: 1) Watch videos "Malala Yousafzai Story" and "The Other Girls Shot in Taliban Attack on Malala" and re-watch “Pakistani Teenage Activist Malala Yousafzai Tells Her Story to John Stewart”; 2) Look through Malala Fund site; 3) On your personal page on the wiki, write a news article about your response to these videos (pretend that you are the interviewer in each of them)
To earn Wise (Wo)Men Badge: 1) On your personal page on the wiki, create a list of ten characteristics that wise (wo)men share; 2) Choose one of our wise (wo)men (except Malala) and choose one quotation from their text that, for you, defines them; 3) Create a list of at least ten "Wise (Wo)Men" you have encountered in (modern or otherwise) books and/or films, explaining why they are wise (wo)men.

Unit 4
To earn Great Flood Badge: 1) Select three images of representations of three different Great Flood stories (i.e. one from Genesis, one from Epic of Gilgamesh, etc. - see the list of stories in Parallel Myths reading); 2) Add them to your personal page on the wiki and label them; 3) Discuss the similarities and differences in these three representations
To earn Cyclops Badge: On your personal page on the wiki, write a letter from Cyclops to Odysseus dictated after Cyclops is blinded; 2) Create a "Wanted" poster from Poseidon for Odysseus; 3) Write a response from one of Odysseus' men after he taunts Cyclops
To earn Ganelon Badge: 1) On your personal page on the wiki, create an epitaph for Ganelon; 2) Write an imagined diary entry by Ganelon when he decides to betray Roland; 3) Choose an actor to play Ganelon in a movie and discuss why you chose that person

Unit 5
To earn Crusader Badge: 1) Create a "Crusader Recruitment" poster and add it to your personal page on the wiki; 2) Choose one location mentioned in the Crusades readings and create a timeline using RWT Timeline with at least ten points concerning its history; 3) Provide link to or image of timeline
To earn Illustrator II Badge (note: only choose this one if you have artistic ability): Choose three characters from texts in Units 3-5 to illustrate. Add them to the Illustrator Padlet.

Choices for Units 6-10 Badges:
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Unit 6
To earn "The Other" Badge: 1) On your personal page on the wiki, discuss the various manifestations of the "Other" we have met so far; 2) Watch the video Elizabeth Lesser, "Take 'the Other' to Lunch" and imagine taking at least three of the "Other" characters from our texts to lunch; 3) Create a project (any medium - i.e. written, audio, video, etc.) based upon that imagined conversation; 4) Create a list of at least ten "Others" you have encountered in (modern or otherwise) books and/or films.
To earn New World Badge: 1) On your personal page on the wiki, choose 2 quotations from the "New World" texts to analyze; 2) select one of the texts and detail one accusation that you would make in a court of law either against the explorers or the native peoples; 3) Look up Quetzalcoatl and comment on any similarities or differences to other deities about which we have read

Unit 7
To earn Genji Badge: 1) On your personal page on the wiki, write a letter from the dead Yugao to Genji (Does she blame him?); 2) Select a scene from the reading and rewrite it (you may change the setting, etc.); 3) Find an image depicting the text, include it on page, and caption it
To earn Lysistrata Badge: 1) On your personal page on the wiki, write a letter from Lysistrata to the Magistrate detailing the women's demands; 2) Select a scene from the reading and rewrite it (you may change the setting, etc. - keep it clean!); 3) Find an image depicting the text, include it on page, and caption it

Unit 8
To earn Poetry Badge: Write three different poems: one inspired by Sappho, one by Catullus, and one by the Andalusian love lyrics. Post all three on your personal page on the wiki.
To earn Tristan Badge: 1) Look up the full story of Tristan and Iseult, and, on your personal page on the wiki, write a list of the main plot points; 2) Create an image of the hazel tree note (What did Tristan inscribe upon it?); 3) Look up and define what the main characteristics of the lai are
To earn Illustrator III Badge (only choose this one if you have some artistic ability): Choose three characters from texts in Units 6-8 to illustrate. Add them to the Illustrator Padlet.

Unit 9
To earn FAVE Badge: 1) Read the Fitchburg Anti-Violence Education site, especially the program's mission and core values; 2) Create an event for FAVE that educates students about the historical representations of domestic violence and rape that we have learned about in this class, and, on your personal page on the wiki, describe it; 3) Create a flyer for this event
To earn Chaucer Badge: 1) On your personal page on the wiki, (re)write the decision from "The Wife of Bath's Tale" of the queen's court concerning the knight's fate (you may choose a different punishment for him if you choose); 2) In "The Reeve's Tale," the miller decides to bring charges against the students and calls his daughter as a witness - write her testimony (Does she testify against the students or not?); 3) In "The Clerk's Tale," Walter and Griselda's daughter receives the message from her father calling her back to her home - write her diary entry concerning her feelings at that moment

Unit 10
To earn Katabasis Badge: 1) Look up the word "katabasis," and, on your personal page on the wiki, define it; 2) Select an underworld that you would like to visit and explain why; 3) Find and include an image of the underworld that you selected and caption it
To earn Illustrator IV Badge (only choose this one if you have some artistic ability): Choose three characters from texts in Units 9-10 to illustrate. Add them to the Illustrator Padlet.