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Monday, March 30, 2020

Creative Projects

I have written before about the creative projects I do in Civ Pro (I stole the idea for Josh Douglas of Kentucky). For voluntary extra credit, students put together something fun related to the class and the subject: skits, videos, song parodies, poems (lots of haikus), paintings, storybooks, comic strips, etc. At the Q&A session the day before the final, we display and perform them. Many of them are quite good--law students have talent.

The question is whether to do this this year and how. Many of the larger projects are collaborative, which obviously is impossible this year. We will not be in the same space to display the visual projects or to perform. I suppose people can read or show their projects through the Zoom connection and I can run any videos through it. Keeping the project might provide some sense of normalcy (as well as extra points).


Posted by Howard Wasserman on March 30, 2020 at 09:31 AM in Civil Procedure, Howard Wasserman, Teaching Law | Permalink


I suppose. But it is such an insignificant number of points in the overall scheme (like 5 when the entire class is out of something like 240 points) that someone might think it is not worth the candle. And I have heard students say just that.

Posted by: Howard Wasserman | Mar 30, 2020 3:38:19 PM

Outside the the post, but nonetheless: In a course with a mandatory curve, I'm not sure there is such a thing as "voluntary extra credit."

Posted by: Orin Kerr | Mar 30, 2020 3:28:58 PM

I have also ways used political cartoons and satire for my graduate level course in law and policy at University of Denver's School of Public Affairs. As well as adding normalcy, humor, and brain twisting, scaffolding from research paper upwards to op-ed, haiku, and twitter policy gives students much needed practice in clarifying their thinking (eschew additional verbiage!) and a welcome break for me in reading time!

Posted by: beverly buck | Mar 30, 2020 12:49:02 PM

I am also interested to hear what others have to say on this fine topic.

Posted by: thegreatdisappointment | Mar 30, 2020 10:46:28 AM

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