Upper-division Writing Requirement Review Form (2/11)

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Grading percentages

Discussion Papers: 20

Class Participation: 20

Book Presentations: 20

Book Reviews: 20

Abstract and bibliography for term paper: 5

Term Paper: 15


  1. Discussion Papers: Each Tuesday beginning week 2 bring a 2-3 page typed single space (12 point font) list of questions and comments from the readings that you can use for discussion. These will be graded simply on a check or no check basis. Note: You may skip up to five articles, but no more than one in any given week. You must indicate in your notes when you are choosing to skip at article, and which one.

  2. Class participation. Attend each class and participate in group discussion

  3. Book presentations: You will read four books from the Reports list and report to the class on these, as well as write a short review for each (see #4 for reviews). Presentations will be graded on content, organization, preparation, and delivery. 5 points each. You must make the presentation on the day assigned or you will receive a 0 for the assignment. If you must miss the assigned day, you may switch dates with someone else. If you fail to do so, you will receive a 0 for the assignment. No exceptions/no excuses/no makeups.

  4. 4 book reviews. Write a summary and analysis of each of the four readings you signed up for/were assigned 3-4 pages (maximum 1000 words). 5 points each. Due in class on the day of the presentation.

  5. Term Paper: Select what you think is the most significant issue in Indian country today. Write a research paper on the topic showing a mastery of the literature relating to the topic you choose. You may use internet sources only with the approval of the instructor. Documentary research or field research are acceptable. 12-18 pages, typed, double spaced. Follow Dr. Dave’s Rules for Writing. Paper topic abstract and source list due March 21. Final paper due final Tuesday of class.

NOTE: All students must practice academic honesty. Academic misconduct is subject to an academic penalty by the course instructor and/or disciplinary sanction by the university. All students need to be familiar with the Student Conduct Code. The code is available for review online at http://www.umt.edu/SA/VPSA/index.cfm/page/1321

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