Monthly Archives: October 2015

Participating in NaNoWriMo: A Stepping-Stone to Success in Graduate School?

If you are thinking about (or have already embarked upon) a graduate degree, then you know that at the end of the degree you must produce a rather lengthy document (on average, between 40-80 pages for an MA thesis and … Continue reading

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A Sample Instructional Unit Design: Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”

One of the things graduate students and those new to teaching often struggle with is how to articulate a text beyond discipline-specific approaches in order to reach a broader audience in the classroom. This, however, is a crucial skill to … Continue reading

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The Week In Review, October 19-25(26), 2015

Research “Histories of Contexts: Form, Argument, and Ideology in A Gest of Robyn Hode Alex Kaufman, in British Outlaws of Literature and History, ed. Alex Kaufman (McFarland, 2011) “Playing With Food: Medieval Manners and Unruly Behavior in the Domestic Space … Continue reading

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Grad Student Programming at the Southeastern Medieval Association, Little Rock Arkansas, October 22-24, 2015

Heads up, SEMA graduate students: there’s programming geared specifically for your needs and interests at this year’s conference! 1. Wednesday night: informal meeting at Cregreen’s Irish Pub (301 Main Street–a few blocks from the conference) 7:00 p.m. on–a chance to … Continue reading

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The Week In Review: October 12-18, 2015

Research “Robin Hood: Outlaw or Exile?” Atha Cotton-Spreckelmeyer, in British Outlaws of Literature and History, ed. Alex Kaufman (McFarland, 2011) “Histories of Contexts: Form, Argument, and Ideology in A Gest of Robyn Hode Alex Kaufman, in British Outlaws of Literature … Continue reading

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The Week In Review: October 5-11

Research Carol Clover, “Regardless of Sex: Men, Women, and Power in Early Northern Europe,” Speculum 68.2 (1993): pp. 263-287. Jesse L. Byock, Feud in the Icelandic Saga (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1983) and Medieval Iceland: Society, Sagas, and Power … Continue reading

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The “Back Pocket” Lesson Plan

“Back pocket” lesson plans are perfect for days when you’re too swamped to prepare carefully for a class session; when you’ve forgotten or are unable to access some element of a prepared lesson without which you cannot proceed as planned, like a handout or reading or audio-visual component, or when the Internet is unexpectedly down in the classroom; when you simply cannot think of something interesting or meaningful to do in class; for days when the planned lesson seems to be going flat; for days when you finish early and have ten or more minutes left in the session; or really, for any occasion when you want to turn the class over a little more to the students. Continue reading

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The Week In Review, September 28-October 4, 2015

Public Service Announcement: Grad Students with cars, keep at least 1/3 of a tank of gas in your car at all times, or you will end up having to replace the fuel pump and it is Not Cheap. Continue reading

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