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Make Your Own Poe Video

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..

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: 5 PM 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. Post a copy in the Extra Credit forum of the discussion board. Attach the graded paper with my marks on it to the post along with a copy and paste + an attachment of the grammar revision.

Possible Points: 1 to 20 depending on quality and completeness of coverage.
Deadline: 5PM Last Day of Class

Read Franklin's Essays

Due to time constraints, we were unable to read Franklin's rich collection of essays in your textbook. Read and mark all of the essays in the collection and then write a two-page personal reaction to the essays and post it in the Extra Credit forum.

Possible Points: 1 to 10 depending on quality of the response.
Deadline: 5PM Last Day of Class


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