Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at TCC - Extra Credit Opportunity

I like my students cultured, even if I have to entice them with extra credit. Now please read on and become part of the rest of the world.

Carolina DeRobertis

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at TCC

Wednesday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m.

Creative writing professor and translator Carolina DeRobertis, author of best-selling novel The Invisible Mountain, published in 16 countries and 12 languages, will present the college-wide keynote address followed by a reception.

TCC Advanced Technology Center, Virginia Beach Campus

Click here for the various campus events and to contact the person in charge.

And now the extra credit for my students:

You can earn up to 30 extra points total, ten each for different kind of event you attend, up to three events. My suggestions:
  1. The Keynote Address
  2. Motorcycle Diaries (¡Viva la Revolucion!)
  3. Frida Kahlo exhibit
Requirements: Your extra credit assignment, should you choose to complete it, requires you to attend up to three events and for each event attended write a response in which you try to persuade your audience if they should also attend the event if it were to be given again. Keep summary to a minimum.

Consider addressing at least one or several of these bullets:
  • Use specific details, painting a picture for your audience: What was the tone of the presentation, the mood, what were the audiences' responses?
  • How did the speakers/art/film make you feel?
  • What did it make you think?
  • What did you learn?
  • Praise it or critique it, or both.
  • What did you like most and/or least?
  • What does it tell us about how we construct identity and/or culture?
  • What other unique response can you give?
I suggest taking some notes and I also suggest sticking around for any question and answer sessions as they can be very informative and maybe there is free food.

Word Count
: 400+ words each, but make sure you've got a complete essay in the end, therefore if it needs to be longer, make it longer. ¿Comprende?

Value: 10 points possible for each event

Due Date: 20 October 2010 for all responses.

Submission: Responses accepted as Google Doc or blog posts:
  • Google Docs responses must be in MLA format, proofread, spell checked, etc. Good writing, you know?
  • Blog posts should have spaces between paragraphs, proofread, spell checked, etc. Good writing, you know? Any student who creates and posts on a blog must send me their main blog address, to which I will link from my blog here.