Each student should be engaged in research, reading, and writing. The research and reading should help the student to identify features of the genre and to identify sub-genres, their features, and their relation to other sub-genres. The writing should demonstrate the student's mastery of this.
30 points - Expectation of Non-Procrastination: The student's work should be self-directed: The student is expected to chose an area to work in, ask for help when needed, complete the work, and hand some work each week. Students should not expect to pass if they put the bulk of work off until the last weeks. Thirty percent of the final grade, therefore, will be weekly work.
30 points - Pieces Written about Selected Novel: Independently of other students, each individual will read, discuss, and write about a novel in the genre. Here is a list of possible novel choices. Working as a class, we will develop a list of suggestions for these assignments.
As a junior editor in charge of the Fantasy Department at a publishing firm, prepare a
written document that explains why your book should be published by your department and not
the Horror Department or Science Fiction Department. Be sure to point out where the specific
elements of fantasy are clearly present in your novel.
You have been reading a novel situated in a world of someone's imagination. As a character in
your story, write a letter that will cross dimensions to someone in our world. Explain the
difference between the two worlds.
As a character in this novel, write a plea for help to another character that is capable of assisting
you and would if only he or she knew of your plight. Taking the form of a letter or speech, clearly
identify the problem that you face.
30 points - Original Story & Accompanying Essay: Each individual will write a short story in the genre. This story will be accompanied by an essay about the elements that make it a part of the genre, its influences, inspirations, etc. An Example
5 points - Character Development Work
5 points - Setting Development Work
5 points - Development; Progress
10 points - Finished Story
5 points - Essay
30 points - Short Stories and Articles On this Genre by Professional Authors : Each student will read, discuss, and write about essays and articles about fantasy.
10 points - Pieces written by the student that reflect on and stories covered in class and/or articles
The articles may either be those selected by the instructor or other students This
requirement may fulfilled by one larger piece or a series of smaller pieces.
10 points - Articles found and presented by the student (see rubric). A small list of these articles
appears below, but this is just to get started--each student will be expected to contribute
to the class by finding, reading, and presenting research in this genre.
10 points - Quizzes