Instruction for Participation in Discussions #1, #2 and #3
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Between weeks 4 and 6, three discussion forums—each focusing on one discipline of art (Literature, Art, or Theater)—are open for student-led discussions. Preferably by Tuesday of week 4, select one of the disciplines to initiate your own student-led discussion thread. After doing so, move on to the other two disciplines of art and respond to your peers’ posts there. Throughout weeks 4, 5, and 6, continue to follow up on your own leading-discussion thread and simultaneously participate in the discussions of the other two disciplines.
For example, you may decide to initiate and lead a discussion for the discipline of Theater. You would follow the instructions below to write up your leading post. After you started your own thread of in Discussion #3: Theater, you would move on to the disciplines of Literature and Art and respond to your peers’ posts in those two discussion forums. Periodically, you would follow up on your own leading thread for Theater and respond to your peers’ feedback there.
You are encouraged to attach an image of or a link to the artwork. Make sure to include a citation for a literary work.
Readings
The Art of Being Human: Chapters on Literature, Art, and Theater
Read the selected chapters to learn about the artistic, socio-cultural, or historical significance of a range of prominent or popular artworks identified by the authors. Your goal is to survey a few well-known artworks and the professional opinions about their significance.
Writing about the Humanities: Chapter 2 and Chapters on Fiction & Poetry, Art, and Theater
Read the selected chapters to learn how to write about and react to the arts and humanities in an informed manner. Keep in mind that each discipline of art has its own “language” of art usually referring to a set of the elements of art and particular ways to analyze art; critics use them to describe an artwork and explain their reaction to an artwork. For example, they describe the diction in a poem, the repetitive lines in a painting, or rhythm in a song and explain how these elements are structured to make them feel cheerful or unnerving. Writing about the Humanities introduces the language of art in various disciplines of art. Your reading goal is to learn the language, so that you can apply it to describe, analyze, and respond to the arts throughout this course.
Instruction for the Student-led Discussion Post
Each student is expected to lead the discussion for one of the three disciplines of art (Literature, Art, or Theater). Consider leading a discussion on a discipline that has fewer discussion threads. Choose an artwork from The Art of Being Human, preferably, one that is not yet mentioned by your peers. Use the questions from the corresponding chapter in Writing about the Humanities as the prompts to guide your writing about and reaction to your chosen artwork. Although your reaction can be personal and subjective, it should be provoked by the artwork itself. In your leading post, describe your chosen artwork and your reaction to the artwork, making sure to apply the proper language of art in its discipline. End your post by raising 2-3 engaging or challenging questions to invite your peers to continue analyzing the artwork.
When you are ready to post, make sure to label your post with a concrete and meaningful title, which may include key words or name of the artwork you intend to study. “Module 2 discussion” or “Theater” is not a meaningful title.
As a Discussion Participant
Throughout weeks 4, 5 and 6, use the two textbooks as your references to guide your critical and in-depth response to the discussion leaders’ questions. As noted in Chapter 2 of Writing about the Humanities, your response now should be more objective and analytical and less impressionistic and subjective. This chapter, along with other selected chapters, also contains a range of questions that can help you to prepare your analysis. Throughout the designated duration, continue to offer newer information, analysis, or interpretation to enrich each other’s learning. Ultimately, the discussions should deepen, challenge, or change your appreciation of the arts from artistic, socio-cultural, and historical viewpoints.
M2 Discussion #1: Literature
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Before posting to this forum, be sure that you fully understand the process and expectations for the Module 2 discussion forums. See Instruction for Participation in Discussions #1, #2 and #3.
You may choose to be either a discussion leader or a discussion participant in this forum. You must, however, lead one discussion thread in Discussion #1, #2, or #3.
As a Discussion Leader
You are expected to:
Lead a discussion for one of three disciplines of art: literature, art, or theater. (Consider leading a discussion on a discipline that has fewer discussion threads.)
In your leading post, describe an artwork from The Art of Being Human and your reaction to that artwork, making sure to apply the proper language of art in its discipline. (Choose an artwork that is not yet mentioned by your peers.)
Use the questions from the corresponding chapter in Writing about the Humanities as the prompts to guide your writing about and reaction to your chosen artwork.
End your post by raising 2-3 engaging or challenging questions to invite your peers to continue analyzing the artwork.
Label your post with a concrete and meaningful title, which may include key words or name of the artwork you intend to study. “Module 2 discussion” or “Theater” is not a meaningful title.
You are encouraged to attach an image of or a link to the artwork. Make sure to include a citation for a literary work.
Continue to follow up on your own leading-discussion thread throughout weeks 4-6.
As a Discussion Participant
You are expected to:
Use the two textbooks as your references to guide your critical and in-depth response to the discussion leaders’ questions.
As noted in Chapter 2 of Writing about the Humanities, your response now should be more objective and analytical and less impressionistic and subjective. This chapter, along with other selected chapters, also contains a range of questions that can help you to prepare your analysis.
Continue to offer new information, analysis, or interpretation to enrich each other’s learning throughout weeks 4-6. The discussions should deepen, challenge, or change your appreciation of the arts from artistic, socio-cultural, and historical viewpoints.

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