[Milton-L] query

Mitchell M. Harris mmharris at mail.utexas.edu
Mon Aug 28 18:13:57 EDT 2006

Hi Judith-

Great question and great idea. I find the reading of PL beforehand to 
be not the least excessive. However, the quiz appears a bit demanding, 
especially considering that they will not have been able to "talk it 
through" with you. Since they're required to keep a Reading Notebook, 
however, could you use it to measure their independent reading of PL? 
Some of your study questions could prompt them to write about certain 
aspects of the poem that you want them to consider before reading it 
formally in class. The notebooks then could be turned in to you the 
weekend before your journey through PL begins, giving you a clear sense 
of what they know and don't know and what interests them.

Just a thought. I now defer to others.

      Mitch Harris

Mitchell M. Harris
Visiting Instructor
Department of English
Gustavus Adolphus College
mharris at gustavus.edu

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On Aug 28, 2006, at 3:56 PM, Judith Herz wrote:

> Pedagogical question:
> I'm thinking of trying something I've never done before in a semester 
> Milton course.  On the assumption that it's nearly impossible to read 
> Paradise Lost without already having read it, I thought I'd require 
> that they read quickly through the poem during the first month while 
> we're doing the early poetry and some prose and then a day or so after 
> we actually begin PL, I would give a quiz worth 15% to assure that 
> they in fact have done this.
> I would very much like to hear any comments,  pros and/or cons about 
> this possibility.
> This, by the way, would be in addition to the course requirements of a 
> weekly Reading Notebook (5-600 words, collected 3 times over the 
> semester) in which they respond to study questions, class discussions, 
> etc., and a term paper and final exam.
> thanks in advance
> Judith
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