The one Student Learning Outcome that you have yet to fulfill is SLO (d): Design

The one Student Learning Outcome that you have yet to fulfill is SLO (d): Design and complete a project
that demonstrates knowledge built throughout the course. (See page 2 in the syllabus for the complete list
of all of the course’s SLOs.) For your course paper, your assignment is to do just that: plan and compose a
paper that demonstrates knowledge that you built in this course.
Simply put: what topic(s) did you most appreciate learning about, or more about, amidst the course content
this semester? Some of you came into the course with little prior knowledge of LGBTQ+ lives and/or
literature, while some others came to the course already deeply familiar with much of the content. Regardless
of the extent of knowledge that you brought to the course with you, every single one of you acquired
additional knowledge as we went along. Now is your time to recall and reflect upon which parts of that new
knowledge you found most significant—for any reason (e.g. self-actualization, cross-cultural awareness,
professional development, etc.).
Your task is to plan and compose a formal paper that demonstrates acquisition of new knowledge. Said new
knowledge must be rooted in the course content, and you must explain, in detail, how it has influenced your
personal identity. What you choose to focus on within the course content is up to you.
When you make claims about having learned about some topic or concept, you should support those claims
with textual evidence—from any text assigned in the course, including lectures—and also explain enough in
your own words to demonstrate that you do indeed understand the concept.
Use MLA or APA style for documentation and any formatting requirements that are not accounted for in the
list below. Whichever style you choose, just be consistent with it. Your adherence to these documentation
and formatting conventions is accounted for in the fourth row of the grading rubric (“Genre and Disciplinary
Conventions”).
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
(a) Identify factors that contribute to the social construction of sexual and gender identities.
(b) Describe the cultural, political, and social contexts from which queer writings, both nonfiction and
fiction, have emerged particularly throughout the late 19th -20th centuries in the U.S. and the United
Kingdom.
(c) Analyze literary works of fiction and creative nonfiction for the ways different authors across a variety
of genres have portrayed queer experiences.
(d) Design and complete a project that demonstrates knowledge built throughout the course.
(e) Evaluate primary and secondary nonfiction sources of information about LGBTQ lives and literature.

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