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Voting is one of the fundamental rights that many groups have fought to get. Exercise your right to vote by participating in the Pennsylvania primary on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. PA law requires that voters in the primary be registered voters affiliated with a specific party: non-citizens, non-party aligned, or non-registered voters cannot participate. Here are your options:

  • Option 1--Vote: make a copy of your voter registration (redacting your party affiliation because it's none of my business) and take a selfie in front of your polling place with something that shows it's a voting place in the picture. Submit both by email to me. DO NOT POST. Label email VOTER EXTRA CREDIT ENG 255.
  • Option 2--Write:
    • If you are ineligible to vote because of age or citizenship, who would you vote for and why? I expect a page response that details key statements or plans by the candidate as to why you support him or her, and I want at least one reason that you would reject at least one other candiate. One page of edited text needs to be posted to the extra credit forum on the discussion board.
    • If you are eligible to vote and have either not registered or choose not to, explain why. What would it take to get you to vote?

Possible Points: (up to) 10 points (depending on quality of written response)
Due Date: April 30, 2016

ATTEND "THE YELLOW WALLPAPER" SYMPOSIUM (Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 2:30 PM - Philadelphia, PA)

The Mütter Museum, Philadelphia's medical oddities museum, is hosting an academic symposium on the "rest cure" an Charlotte Perkins Gillman's "The Yellow Wallpaper." To get extra credit, register and attend the symposium. Write a one-page response and post it in the extra credit forum about how more information about what doctors thought they were doing to "help" affects your read of the story.

Possible Points: (up to) 10 points (depending on quality of written response)
Due Date: April 20, 2016

ATTEND A PERFORMANCE OF "THE YELLOW WALLPAPER (Friday, April 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2 & 4 p.m.)

In partnership with the Mutter Museum, the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion presents "The Yellow Wallpaper" as a one woman show starring Jennifer Summerfield, adapted and directed by Josh Hitchens. Cost: $30. To get extra credit, order your ticket, attend, and then write a one-page reaction to the play and what it was like to see the story brought to light.

Possible Points: (up to) 10 points (depending on quality of written response)
Due Date: April 25, 2016




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