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Attend Traces of the Trade Film and Director's Discussion

As part of Montgomery County Community College's annual Richard K. Bennett Distinguished Lectureship for Peace and Social Justice, Producer/Director Katrina Browne will discuss the film, Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, on Monday, Feb. 27, at 12:30 p.m. in the Science Center Theater, Room 214.In the documentary, Browne tells the story of her New England ancestors, one of the largest slave-trading families in the country. The film follows Browne and nine family members on a remarkable journey that brings them face-to-face with the real history of this unknown slave enterprise and dispels the myth that the South was solely responsible for slavery. Browne is the executive director of the Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery. Post a 1.5 to 2 page reaction to the issues discussed in the film and by the director herself.

Possible Points: 5-10 points, depending on the quality of the response
Deadline: March 2, 2011 (must actually attend showing on 2/27)

Make Your Own Poe Video (Make up an absence)

I was surprised to find that a number of enterprising Poe enthusiasts had made their own video interpretations of Poe's poems and posted them on Youtube. I like this idea a lot, so I will give extra credit to any student who makes their own video of a Poe poem. Here are the rules:

  • The poem must appear in its entirety so that the audience can see/hear the poem and actually digest it (i.e. don't flash it on the screen for a second): the audience has to experience his actual words some way.
  • The video must be burned to CD or given to me on a jump drive to download onto my hard drive.
  • You must post it on Youtube and post a link in the "Extra Credit" forum of the discussion board.
  • You must leave it up all semester.
You may want to check out these examples: "Annabel Lee," "The Raven," or "Alone."
Also, here's a video without words that would not meet my rules, but it was disturbing enough that I thought I'd pass it along: "Annabel Lee."

Deadline: last day of class
Possible points: 8-20 points depending on quality OR removal of one absence.

Read Franklin's Essays

One of the tough choices I had to make for a survey course was to cut some of Franklin's writings. As an extra credit opportunity, you can choose to read and mark all of Franklin's essays in the anthology that are not part of The Autobiography and then offer a two-page informal (but edited) commentary on Franklin's other writings. Post the response in the "Extra Credit" discussion board forum.

Possible points: 5 to 10 points, depending on quality of response.
Deadline: Last day of class

Visit the National Constitution Center

Much of the literature we are reading in this course is based on historical events that actually took place in Philadelphia. For this extra credit option, visit the National Constitution Center and see the "Freedom Rising" performance. Bring your ticket stub (with date) as proof that you saw it and post a page-long, edited reaction to the presentation, focusing on the attitudes and issues the presentation tried to instill in viewers. Post your response in the "Extra Credit" discussion board forum.

Possible Points: 5-10, depending on Quality of response.
Deadline: Last Day of Class

Do a Grammar Revision of Your First Paper

See the instructions for the grammar revision here. Complete the assignment using the graded copy of Paper #1 as a guide. Email the revision to me, name the file "LASTNAME_FIRSTINITIAL_211_Grammar.docx." Use this activity as a way to do a final polish for Paper #2's grammar.

Possible Points: 1 to 20 depending on quality and completeness of coverage.
Deadline: 5PM, Friday, April 27, 2012

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