Start Here: Week 1

1.   Read the Syllabus and electronically sign this form.

2.   Read the following articles:

Drama: A Tool for Teaching Business Ethics

The Joy of Reading Plays

Reading a Play

3.   Create a Google Doc in the class shared folder
  • Log on to MyCI and go to CIDocs
  • Click on the Shared with Me folder on the left side of the screen.
  • Find the English 340 folder I shared with you and open it.
  • Find the folder labeled “Start Here: Week 1” and open it.
  • Click on the new button then scroll down and click on Google Docs to create a new doc.
  • Click on “Create and Share” when the pop up “Create in a Shared Folder?” comes up. Everyone in the class has access to everyone’s documents. Often, classmates will read and comment on other classmates’ documents.
  • Name the doc using your first name (e.g. Clifton’s week 1 response).
4.   Address the following in your response:
  • What’s your experience reading and/or seeing plays? What do you recall from your experiences? Name any plays/musicals you’ve read or seen. If you’ve participated in theatre activities, what did you do? What’s your response to the idea that for this class you will be reading dramatic literature, instead of novels, short stories, and poems?
  • The writer of “Drama: A Tool for Teaching Business Ethics” contends that plays are the most effective way to teach students about ethics in a business setting. What do you think of his argument? What parts of his essay did you have the strongest reaction to? What questions would you like to ask him now that you’ve read the article?
  • “The Joy of Reading Plays” and “Reading a Play” both give tips on how to approach reading plays. How do you see reading plays as different from reading other literature? What strategies might you want to employ as your reading plays that you might not use when reading other literature?
  • Why do you think this class exists? It was one of the first interdisciplinary courses created at CI and continues to make its enrollments. What purpose do you see it fulfilling in your major? What do you hope to gain/learn from your time in this class?
  • Use standard essay formatting, such as paragraphing, capitalization of “I,” complete sentences, and correct spelling. Your professor will pay attention to these features. He treats it as a diagnostic to see where you and your classmates are as beginning writers. It helps the professor to know where the class has strengths and weaknesses.

All work is due Friday, January 31 at 9 AM Pacific Daylight Time.