WRA 891

WRA 891

(american indian) rhetorics

Home Schedule Assignments
Home Schedule Assignments
Header image: Manoominike Mazina'anang by Elizabeth LaPensee. Learn more about her work at
Learn more about this work of art at LaPensée, Elizabeth and Joanna Hearne. “We All Stand Side By Side.” Studies in American Indian Literature 29.1 (2017): 27-37. Print.

Major Assignments, Deadlines, and Grading Criteria

10% | Participation: This is a seminar class, and you are expected to be present, prepared, and engaged during each class period. This requires you regularly attend class, do the readings and reading responses before class, and engage with ideas and each other in class. Not fulfilling these obligations will reduce your final grade. Repeated tardies and more than 1 absence will reduce your final grade. If you cannot be in class, please contact me ahead of time to make arrangements.

10% | Discussion Leader: During week 4 (9/18) you and a partner are responsible for leading 30 minutes of class discussion based on the Waters article you chose. I expect your group to both share information (a brief lecture or otherwise ‘sharing relevant and/or related info’ component) AND engage the class in discussion and/or group work. Your group will be graded based on how thoroughly you prepared and how committed you were to both sharing information and engaging the class in discussion.

30% | Reading Responses: Most weeks will have a reading response due before class. These prompts are in D2L along with a dropbox for each week. To receive full credit, you must respond fully to the prompt and turn it in by noon on the day of class.

50% | Final Project: Take up an issue we discussed in class and/or that intersects with an issue we discussed in class and make a scholarly argument about it, one that puts your voice in conversation with other voices that have discussed a similar topic. This argument can take the form of a scholarly essay, video, website, poster, interactive .pdf, sculpture, podcast, or other multimodal object. Because everyone will take a different approach to the project, I cannot assign a specific length. However, you should put in at least the amount of work you would for a 15-20 page seminar paper. I do expect 7-15 scholarly references, so keep that in mind.

5% Final Project Brainstorm (due 10/30): Come to class with an idea for your final project. You need both the what (what’s the issue you’re tackling) and the how (what form will the final project take). We will share these ideas in class. It’s ok if you leave class that day realizing your idea wasn’t feasible and/or you take an entirely differently path.
5% Final Project Proposal (due 11/20): Submit to D2L Discussion Board a 1-page final project proposal for workshopping. See schedule and our in-class discussion for more details.
15% Presentations (11/27 and 12/4): In class, you will have 10-15 minutes to present your project to us, and 5-10 minutes for discussion and Q&A. During your presentation, you will share with us your project and describe your goals and choices for the project.
25% Final Project Submission (12/12): How you deliver this final project is up to you, and depends on your project itself. The D2L Dropox is preferred but may not be possible depending on the product. If your final project doesn't cite any of the readings or ideas we discussed in class, then you must also include a (roughly) 3-page justification/artist's statement that describes how this project engages with the ideas and readings from class. I expect specific shoutouts to our readings.

Grading Scale
100-93 A ||| 90-92 A- ||| 88-89 B+ ||| 83-87 B ||| 80-82 B- ||| 78-79 C+ ||| 73-77 C ||| 70-72 C- ||| 60-69 D ||| below 60 F