|1ENGLISH 218: Shakespeare - His Plays & Theatre
Fall 2006 - MW 1900-2150 - Room 528
“The players are the abstract and brief chronicles
of their time”
(Hamlet 2. 2. 524).
Instructor: TONY DING
Office: 559A - Hours: 1700 -1850 MW
REQUIRED TEXTS: Shakespeare, William. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Shakespeare, William. Twelfth Night
Shakespeare, William. Henry IV part 1.
Shakespeare, William. Othello
Shakespeare, William. Macbeth.
Shakespeare, William. Hamlet
Completion of English 101 or assessment for English 110, English 122, or English120
A study of selected Shakespeare plays .
Although it is not necessary that students have had a previous literature, course, they must have good reading skills, open minds, a love of language, and a strong work ethic.
Attendance at two plays performed at the Old Globe. Short tests – identification, one sentence, and paragraphs to precede the showing of the videos. Contract grading, which means that students choose what grade they want and complete the appropriate assignments necessary to earn that grade. For an “A,” Four take home essay assignments; two in class essays, and a “hot seat” presentation. For a “B,” 3 take home essays, two in class essays, and a “hot seat” presentation. For a “C,” one take home essay, two in class essays, and a “hot seat” presentation. Each writing assignment will be worth 100 points, and the tests and “hot seat” will be worth a total of 100 points. All essays must be of acceptable college standard. Total points = 700
Students with disabilities who may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to notify the instructor and contact Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSP&S) early in the semester so that reasonable accommodations may be implemented as soon as possible. Students may contact DSP&S in person in room 110 or by phone at 619-644-7112 (voice) or 619-644-7119 (TTY for deaf).
*** Information in this calendar may be subject to change.
8/21 Introductions, Syllabus, Quizzes, film, and Assignments
8/28 Shakespeare’s Language and the sonnets
9/1 Last day to drop without a “W” appearing on your record.
9/4 Labor Day
9/11 Characteristics of Shakespearean comedy
9/18 Quiz A Midsummer Night’s Dream
9/21 Mandatory attendance at the Old Globe for A Midsummer Night’s Dream
9/25 In class essay on A Midsummer Night’s Dream
9/28 Mandatory attendance at the Old Globe for Othello
10/2 In class essay on Othello
10/9 Video Twelfth Night
10/16 Discuss Twelfth Night
10/23 Video Henry IV.
10/30 Discuss Henry IV
11/6 Video Macbeth
11/9 Last day to drop with a “W” appearing on your record.
11/10 Veterans’ Day
11/13 Discuss Macbeth
11/20 Video Hamlet
11/23, 24, 25 Thanksgiving Holiday
11/27 Discuss Hamlet
12/4 Final film
12/12 Final Exam 8 - 10
When writing the take home essay assignments, students should demonstrate the ability to write clear, coherent paragraphs controlled by topic sentences, developed with adequate supporting material, and closed with appropriate conclusions. Furthermore, the paragraphs should include a variety of sentence patterns substantially free of major spelling, grammar, punctuation, and usage errors, IE., errors which interfere with communication.