Ger 160D1: Grading

At the beginning of the semester every student has the full 100% to his/her credit. It all depends on you how you manage to keep them during the semester.

    At the beginning of the semester every student has the full 100% to his/her credit. It all depends on you how you manage to keep them during the semester.


    Attendance: 10%

    Participation: 15% (both through Tophat): participation: 7.5%; correctness: 7.5%

    3 papers (15%, 15%,15%): 45%

    2 exams (15% each): 30%

    For details, see below:

    This is a Gen. Ed. course and meets the standard writing requirement, see at:

    Throughout the semester I will quiz your understanding of the texts assigned as homework with the Top Hat system. Be sure to read and comprehend the introductions to each text and to know the essential aspects of each text as assigned for homework before you come to class. 15% (7% for attendance, 8% for participation/homework). Everyone will be asked to submit their answers online. For group work assignments, see below.

  • Submit 3 papers, apply critical writing, on the material discussed in class, 15 % each, ca. 1200 words each, submit as a paper copy (you are encouraged to print double-sided) and to Assignment on D2L: 45% altogether. Format for each entry: 1. Date, name, and student ID; Paper 1, 2, or 3 (rewrite or not rewrite); 2. title, 3. thesis (in short: what is your argument in ca. 5-8 lines); 4. your responses to the text; 5. evidence cited from or referenced to the primary text/s; 6. final comments; 7. conclusion (ca. 5-8 lines). 8. word count! Always make sure to provide, within the text, specific page references either for your quotes or for references to passages in the text, such as: (Classen, Eroticism, 350).
  • All papers must always be submitted also online to dropbox, now called "Assignments" before you hand in the printed paper. Without this submission, we cannot grade your paper copy, since we cannot check your paper regarding potential plagiarism with the computer software. By the same token, only the paper (printed) copy of your essays/papers will be used for grading.
  • The second paper can be resubmitted if you revise it upon the T.A.'s/grader's comments. You will then get a new grade (I assume a better one, but this depends on you). You must resubmit the second version of the second paper within a week after the return date of the first version (i.e., latest resubmission is in class two sessions later after the first return).
  • Topics of your papers: Identify a specific topic, a thesis, a concrete point that you can argue about based on a close reading of the text. You must have a thesis that you can defend. Choice of topic is free, as long as you work closely with the text and draw out of it an argument. 
  • You can only work with the primary texts discussed in class for your papers. Analyze those critically. If you have any question about the proper approach, please do not hesitate to contact the T.A. or the instructor before your hand in the paper.
  • At the end of each paper you must include a bibliography of at least 3 monographs and 3 articles (in journals or edited volumes, all in print format) specifically pertaining to the text your paper is focusing on. I do not expect you to have read that material, but you must work with the library material and the library catalogue. This will help you to learn how to do basic research. Failure to do so or wrong references (inappropriate) will lead to a deducation of up to 10 points per paper. We will practice this bibliographical work in class well in advance of the first paper. Your references must be from the time period between ca. 1960 and 2019, nothing prior to that. You are not allowed to use the bibliographical information contained in our textbook since that would be too easy and prevent you from learning how to do proper bibliographical work!
  • Format: Books: author's first and last name, title in italics. Book series, if present, and the vol. no. (City: Publisher, year). 
  • Example: (I use Chicago style): Connie Scarborough, Inscribing the Environment: Ecocritical Approaches to Medieval Spanish Literature. Fundamentals of Medieval and Early Modern Culture, 13 (Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 2013)
  • Articles: author's first and last name, "Title of the article," title of journal or volume in italics, vol. no. (year): pp. You can also use chapters in edited volumes. Or chapters in a monograph.
  • Example: Paul Strohm, “Trade, Treason, and the Murder of Janus Imperial,” Journal of British Studies 35.1 (1996): 1-23
  • If you use the MLA format, or another format, that's ok, as long as all the information is present and you use a consistent system.
  • If a book is a translation or a commentary, or an edited volume, make sure to add the editor's or translator's name. 
  • You have one week to turn in a rewrite of paper 2.  All submissions are due by start of class on Tuesday, one week after the graded paper has been returned. No exceptions.
    *When you turn in your rewrite, you must include the following items or it will not be considered for a revised grade:
              1. The original hard copy you submitted with grader's comments.
              2. Your "new"/revised copy: Any and all revisions/edits MUST SHOW IN BOLD FONT. Yes, you need to staple your paper and include a proper heading (your name, student ID #, class name, Dr. Classen's name, date and word count)
              3.  Both items must be put in a folder and turned in at the start of class.
  •            4. Revision must go beyond a few cosmetique changes and must reveal a thorough rewriting based on a critical re-evaluation of your thesis or arguments.

    So, to review: In a folder, you submit 1) the original hard copy 2) your new, revised version with all revisions and edits in BOLD FONT. The new version is stapled and has a proper heading.  Due date: Thursday, November tba

  • For the rewrite, you can only work on the essay, but not re-do the bibliography. If you have problems with the bibliography, please see me, and do better in the third paper. Thanks.
  • Grader will review your paper/s a second time only within 7 days after the original has been returned to you. Re-grading, however, does not guarantee a better grade. The second grade will be the only one that will count.
  • 3rd paper: discuss one critical aspect in one of the maeren (in Erotic Tales) as comprehensively as possible. Write a good thesis, support it with solid arguments, and conclude.
  • Grading rubrics (in global terms):
    A: Clear and concise thesis, argument, and conclusion, good use of primary sources, specific interpretation, not a summary, synopsis, or paraphrase
    B: A bit too much of a synopsis, thesis not really clear, tendency to repeat what is in the text without too much critical analysis; a number of spelling or grammar mistakes
    C: Fairly vague paper, no clear thesis, mostly summary, little recourse to primary texts, and if so, only in the form of a synopsis; many major spelling mistakes (including of names in the texts)
    D.: Hardly a thesis or an argument, knows only little of the original texts, paper confuses major aspects, a large number of spelling or grammar mistakes
    E: You can imagine what that would be. But: no clear connection to primary texts, no thesis or arguments, no interpretation at all. Hard to read in terms of grammar and spelling.
  • Specific points: A. Thesis: 20 pts.; B. Argument: 50 pts.; C. Conclusion: 20 pts.; Stylistics: 10 points (total of 100 points) 
  • Each paper has to be accompanied by a bibliography of 3 monographs and 3 articles (secondary literature, i.e., research). You are not required to engage with those studies, but you must find relevant studies on the subject matter of your paper. Relevance! Deduction of up to 10 points if the bibliography is missing, faulty, or inappropriate.
  • Instead of having big large-stake exams, we'll have 2 small exams, 15% each, for a total: 30%
  • You can always come and see your instructor and ask for a new evaluation of your paper, but then the grading will be completely new, so it can go up or down!