Assignment Outcome
  • Students will be able to apply primary texts to pop culture.

Relevant Course Outcomes
  • Students will be able to recognize and articulate the influence of early world literature in modern culture.
  • Student will be able to identify and analyze the textual, historical, and cultural contexts of works of literature.
  • Student will be able to read works of literature closely and thoroughly.
  • Students will be able to develop insights effectively through written communication.

Due: March 23
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Option 1: Risk GodStorm Revisions
Page Length: will vary plus Works Cited
Other: font style optional, SINGLE-spaced (with no excessive spacing or extra spacing in header, etc.)
Requirements: must include quotations from at least 3 primary texts related to your revisions

October 5th was Game Day in class. We had some fun playing Risk GodStorm, using the game to learn about various pantheons on gods. As with many pop culture item, the game makers took some liberties with the myths and literature. On the other hand, they also missed some aspects of the myths and literature that could really have added some exciting dimensions to the game. Here is your chance to revise Risk GodStorm to take into consideration what you have learned as well as what you can research on the topics.

Instructions:
  • Reread the Risk: GodStorm Game Manual
  • Think about the texts we have read, especially in Unit 2 (and perhaps Unit 3), but any unit is fair game; you may also do related outside research
  • Consider how the game should be revised, either in terms of corrections or in terms of additions that would enhance the game
  • Design 3 significant revisions
  • These revisions should NOT just be something you would change in the rules (for example, "I think the game board should be turned 90 degrees at each turn"); they SHOULD be related to our readings (or related outside research) in some way
  • For each revision, provide a significant explanation and reasoning for your choice
  • For each revision, you should include quotations (cited in MLA style) from a primary text (ones we read in class, others from the textbook, or ones that you have found on your own); thus, in the complete assignment, you will have quotations from at least 3 separate primary texts
  • You should provide a Works Cited (in MLA style)

Helpful Suggestions:
  • You are NOT tied to the pantheons already in the game; you may add if you wish
  • You are NOT tied to the powers already given to each of the gods in the game

Option 2: Star Trek Logs
Page Length: will vary plus Works Cited
Other: font style optional, SINGLE-spaced (with no excessive spacing or extra spacing in header, etc.)
Requirements: must include quotations as required in selected option

Over the course of the semester, we have completed readings, discussion, activities, and events that relate our material with the pop culture phenomenon Star Trek. In this assignment, you will make those connections more explicit.

Instructions:

Choose whether you want to complete the Commanding Officer Captain's Log or the Science Officer Research Log

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Commanding Officer Captain's Log (please select if you are familiar with Star Trek episodes - any series)
  • Select 3 Star Trek episodes (any series or combination of series) to which 3 or more separate primary texts (ones we read in class, others from the textbook, or ones that you have found on your own) can be related
  • For each episode/text pairing, provide a significant explanation and reasoning for your choice (this should NOT include a summary of the episode)
  • For each episode/text pairing, you should include at least 1 quotation (cited in MLA style) from the primary text; thus, in the complete assignment, you will have quotations from at least 3 separate primary texts
  • You should provide a Works Cited (in MLA style)
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Science Officer Research Log (please select if you are not familiar with Star Trek episodes)
  • Select 3 of the articles assigned about Star Trek (also may choose the presentation by Danielle Girard) to which 3 or more separate primary texts (ones we read in class, others from the textbook, or ones that you have found on your own) can be related (i.e. a primary text that exemplifies what is being said in the article)
  • For each article/text pairing, provide a significant explanation and reasoning for your choice
  • For each article/text pairing, you should include at least 1 quotation (cited in MLA style) from the article AND 1 quotation from the primary text; thus, in the complete assignment, you will have quotations from at least 3 Star Trek articles and 3 separate primary texts
  • You should provide a Works Cited (in MLA style)


Rubric: Option 1 - Risk Godstorm Revisions
The Risk GodStorm Revisions are 10% of the overall course grade.
Criteria
A (19-20)
B (16-17)
C (14-15)
D (12-13)
Revisions
(20 points)
Demonstrates careful and in-depth thought concerning revisions to Risk GodStorm game manual based upon primary readings
Demonstrates solid thought concerning revisions to Risk GodStorm game manual based upon primary readings
Demonstrates basic thought concerning revisions to Risk GodStorm game manual based upon primary readings
Demonstrates little or haphazard thought concerning revisions to Risk GodStorm game manual based upon primary readings
Explanation and Reasoning
(20 points)
Provides careful and in-depth explanation and reasoning for revisions, including appropriately-selected evidence to develop main and supporting points
Provides solid explanation and reasoning for revisions, including appropriately-selected evidence to develop main and/or supporting points
Provides basic explanation and reasoning for revisions, including potentially irrelevant choices for evidence to develop main and/or supporting points
Provides little or faulty explanation and reasoning, including a lack of evidence to develop main and supporting points
Organization
(20 points)
Demonstrates the ability to develop ideas confidently with purpose, clarity, and an advanced sense of organization
Demonstrates the ability to develop ideas with purpose, clarity, and an overall competent sense of organization
Demonstrates general development of ideas and simplistic organization which appears arbitrary
Demonstrates a lack of development of ideas and incoherent, haphazard organization
MLA Citation
(20 points)
Employs correct and consistent MLA citation format in-text and in Works Cited; meets/exceeds primary source requirement (3+)
Employs mostly correct and consistent
MLA citation format in-text and in Works Cited; meets primary source requirement (3)
Employs recognizable MLA citation format in-text and in Works Cited with errors and inconsistencies; does not meet primary source requirement (2)
Employs unrecognizable MLA citation format in-text and in Works Cited with confusing errors and inconsistencies; does not meet primary source requirement (1)
Mechanics
(20 points)
Utilizes the mechanics of writing and grammar both correctly and with effective, deliberate (potentially even elegant) purpose; adheres to course Writing Expectations
Utilizes the mechanics of writing and grammar correctly and deliberately, though may contain some errors; demonstrates solid understanding of course Writing Expectations
Tends not to use the mechanics of writing and grammar correctly and contains noticeable errors; demonstrates basic awareness of course Writing Expectations
Does not use the mechanics of writing and grammar correctly and deliberately and contains noticeable errors; demonstrates little awareness of course Writing Expectations

Rubric: Option 2 - Star Trek Logs
The Star Trek Logs are 10% of the overall course grade.
Criteria
A (19-20)
B (16-17)
C (14-15)
D (12-13)
Episode/Text OR Article/Text Pairings
(20 points)
Demonstrates careful and in-depth thought concerning episode/text (Commanding Officer) or article/text (Science Officer) pairings
Demonstrates solid thought concerning episode/text (Commanding Officer) or article/text (Science Officer) pairings
Demonstrates basic thought concerning episode/text (Commanding Officer) or article/text (Science Officer) pairings
Demonstrates little or haphazard thought concerning episode/text (Commanding Officer) or article/text (Science Officer) pairings
Explanation and Reasoning
(20 points)
Provides careful and in-depth explanation and reasoning for pairings, including appropriately-selected evidence to develop main and supporting points
Provides solid explanation and reasoning for pairings, including appropriately-selected evidence to develop main and/or supporting points
Provides basic explanation and reasoning for pairings, including potentially irrelevant choices for evidence to develop main and/or supporting points
Provides little or faulty explanation and reasoning, including a lack of evidence to develop main and supporting points
Organization
(20 points)
Demonstrates the ability to develop ideas confidently with purpose, clarity, and an advanced sense of organization
Demonstrates the ability to develop ideas with purpose, clarity, and an overall competent sense of organization
Demonstrates general development of ideas and simplistic organization which appears arbitrary
Demonstrates a lack of development of ideas and incoherent, haphazard organization
MLA Citation
(20 points)
Employs correct and consistent MLA citation format in-text and in Works Cited; meets/exceeds primary source requirement (3+ for Commanding Officer; 6+ for Science Officer)
Employs mostly correct and consistent
MLA citation format in-text and in Works Cited; meets primary source requirement (3 for Commanding Officer; 6 for Science Officer)
Employs recognizable MLA citation format in-text and in Works Cited with errors and inconsistencies; does not meet primary source requirement (2 for Commanding Officer; 4 for Science Officer)
Employs unrecognizable MLA citation format in-text and in Works Cited with confusing errors and inconsistencies; does not meet primary source requirement (1 for Commanding Officer; 2 for Science Officer)
Mechanics
(20 points)
Utilizes the mechanics of writing and grammar both correctly and with effective, deliberate (potentially even elegant) purpose; adheres to course Writing Expectations
Utilizes the mechanics of writing and grammar correctly and deliberately, though may contain some errors; demonstrates solid understanding of course Writing Expectations
Tends not to use the mechanics of writing and grammar correctly and contains noticeable errors; demonstrates basic awareness of course Writing Expectations
Does not use the mechanics of writing and grammar correctly and deliberately and contains noticeable errors; demonstrates little awareness of course Writing Expectations