|Guest lecture / keynote speech
||At the beginning of each particular chapter, instructors would provide students with a general socio-historical overview of American society to better contextualize the text we are reading. The aim is to point at major themes dealt with, brief comparative analysis of characters, as well as a brief but clear comment on narrative techniques used by a particular author. A power point presentation is often used, as well as interviews with writers, or documentaries which reflect on the specific literary movement and / or writer.
This lecture-type class is nevertheless dialogic, and students are encouraged to participate with comments and/or questions. The lecturer also provokes the students with questions or "brainstorming-type" warming up before focusing on topic chosen.
|Mixed objective/subjective test
||These tests, a theoretical-practical nature, will include short-answer questions as well as longer (and more complex) essay questions.
|Long answer / essay questions
||The purpose of this type of assignment is for the students to write an essay, often a comparative one. Students should be able to support their ideas with evidence (quotes) from the texts. Essays should be well organized (introd., body, and conclusion), and provide a personal and in-depth analysis. Students may be allowed to use their required texts for this in-class test.