Assignment Outcome
  • Students will be able to articulate the definition of and importance of cultural heritage.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the connections between medieval and local cultural heritage.

Relevant Course Outcomes
  • Students will be able to recognize and articulate the transmission history of classical literature to a variety of literary traditions in different time periods and locations.
  • Students will be able to read works of literature closely and thoroughly.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of literature.

We will discuss in class the significance of cultural heritage, including literature. We will discuss the reasons why cultural heritage gets targeted for destruction, and we have looked at active efforts to prevent its destruction, in wartime and in peace. Hopefully, at that point, you will have formed some ideas about the importance of cultural heritage, particularly as it relates to medieval literature.

This semester, you will participate in a project funded by a grant through the Massachusetts Women in Public Higher Education organization. The focus of this project is to parallel through photography the ancient to medieval cultural heritage stories from other countries to the cultural heritage stories of local New England communities, particularly centered on Fitchburg. Cultural heritage is the manifestation of common human experiences, and, by drawing these parallels, we can emphasize those connections and the shared need for preservation and the study of the past. You will join two sections of ENGL 2200 British Literature I and one section of ENGL 3620 The Classical Tradition in Western Literature over the course of the 2017-2018 year. During this time, these courses will:
  • suggest the local sites for parallels with the photos of ancient to medieval sites taken by Dr. Tracy;
  • curate the photography exhibit (physical and digital) and prepare the exhibit guide using research skills developed in the class; and
  • write the exhibition tags for the exhibit and exhibit guide.
One physical exhibit will be held at the Fitchburg Art Museum in September of 2018. Another exhibit will be held on campus in November 2018.

Instructions:

During this semester, you will: select photos of medieval sites that work with your Medievalist for a Semester text, research/write the exhibition notes (minimum of 500 words, minimum of three secondary sources in addition to original text, and Works Cited) for those photos, suggest local sites that would match your medieval site in some way, and begin the digital exhibition.

Special offer: if any of you would like to be part of the overarching project - possibly propose a poster for the FSU Undergraduate Research Conference and work on the digital and physical exhibitions beyond classwork, speak with me! This is a great opportunity for extra undergraduate research and professional work for your portfolio.

Dates:
  • September 25 (during Endeavors): brainstorming based upon text chosen for Medievalist for a Semester
  • October 16 (during class): exploring and selecting photos - https://www.flickr.com/photos/kosho/sets/72157688055828003
  • October 23 (during Endeavors): brainstorming local cultural heritage sites that match medieval sites
  • November 8 (during class, but what is not complete in class must be completed outside of class by 11/29): researching and writing exhibition notes
  • December 13 (during class): working on exhibition

Chosen Local Sites:
https://www.evernote.com/shard/s365/sh/c0904466-0d30-4402-b376-69fe2980b3b8/3ed00b2894fb377d9424bcb5a79961f7

Guest Presenters:
Suzi Fonda, Director of Education and Public Programs, Concord Museum


Readings:

Local Cultural Heritage Resources/Lists:

Rubric: Medieval Cultural Heritage Project
The Cultural Heritage Project is 15% of your overall course grade.
Criteria
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Brainstorming based upon text chosen for Medievalist for a Semester
(10 points)
Brainstorms at least five (5) types of sites/images that could be appropriately suggested by the text you selected for Medievalist for a Semester and provides cogent rationales
Brainstorms at least five (5) types of sites/images that could be suggested by the text you selected for Medievalist for a Semester and provides solid rationales
Brainstorms at least four (4) types of sites/images that could be suggested by the text you selected for Medievalist for a Semester and provides rationales
Brainstorms at least three (3) types of sites/images that could be suggested by the text you selected for Medievalist for a Semester without providing rationales
Exploring and selecting photos
(10 points)
Selects photo from a variety of images provided that most closely pairs with the text you selected for Medievalist for a Semester, demonstrating clear understanding of text and innovation in selection, and provides a cogent rationale for selection
Selects photo from a variety of images provided that most closely pairs with the text you selected for Medievalist for a Semester, demonstrating understanding of text, and provides a solid rationale for selection
Selects photo from a variety of images provided that pairs with the text you selected for Medievalist for a Semester, demonstrating some understanding of text, and provides a rationale for selection
Selects photo from a variety of images provided to pair with the text you selected for Medievalist for a Semester without providing a rationale
Brainstorming local cultural heritage sites that match medieval sites
(10 points)
Brainstorms at least five (5) types of local sites or specific sites that could be appropriately paired to the text and photo you have previously selected and provides cogent rationales
Brainstorms at least five (5) types of local sites or specific sites that could be paired to the text and photo you have previously selected and provides solid rationales
Brainstorms at least four (4) types of local sites or specific sites that could be paired to the text and photo you have previously selected and provides rationales
Brainstorms at least three (3) types of local sites or specific sites that could be paired to the text and photo you have previously selected without providing rationales
Researching and writing exhibition notes
(40 points)
Demonstrates appropriate research related to topic of text and photo; demonstrates clear rationale for the pairing of the text and photo and articulates that rationale clearly and with purpose; demonstrates clear understanding of audience, minimum of 500 words
Demonstrates solid research related to topic of text and photo; demonstrates solid rationale for the pairing of the text and photo and articulates that rationale clearly; demonstrates solid understanding of audience; minimum of 500 words
Demonstrates research related to topic of text and photo; demonstrates rationale for the pairing of the text and photo and articulates that rationale; demonstrates some understanding of audience; minimum of 400 words
Demonstrates little research related to topic of text and photo; demonstrates little rationale for the pairing of the text and photo; demonstrates little understanding of audience; minimum of 300 words
Sources and MLA citations for exhibition notes
(20 points)
Employs correct and consistent MLA citation format in-text and in Works Cited; meets/exceeds secondary source requirement (3+), including appropriately-selected quotations from original text
Employs mostly correct and consistent
MLA citation format in-text and in Works Cited; meets secondary source requirement (3), including quotations from original text
Employs recognizable MLA citation format in-text and in Works Cited with errors and inconsistencies; does not meet secondary source requirement (2), including less-appropriate quotations from original text
Employs unrecognizable MLA citation format in-text and in Works Cited with confusing errors and inconsistencies; does not meet secondary source requirement (0-1) and does not quote original text
Mechanics
(10 points)
Utilizes the mechanics of writing and grammar both correctly and with effective, deliberate (potentially even elegant) purpose; adheres to course Writing Expectations
Utilizes the mechanics of writing and grammar correctly and deliberately, though may contain some errors; demonstrates solid understanding of course Writing Expectations
Tends not to use the mechanics of writing and grammar correctly and contains noticeable errors; demonstrates basic awareness of course Writing Expectations
Does not use the mechanics of writing and grammar correctly and deliberately and contains noticeable errors; demonstrates little awareness of course Writing Expectations