Class began as scheduled at 9:30am in Morrill Hall Room 202. The class roster listed twenty students, unchanged since the last class meeting. Fourteen attended.
Class discussion asked after work on research papers, abstracts for which are due on 14 February 2014. (Class discussion incorrectly asserted 7 February as the due date, conflating assignments with those in another course. The error is regretted.) It also returned to Beowulf, following student inquiry about gender roles and relations, particularly as applied to Grendel's mother. Issues of naming of the character were voiced.
Attendance was taken via a quiz that emulates the first section of the summative exam. In the interests of collecting student assessment data and of offering preparation for the first section of the exam, more such quizzes will be offered in the weeks to come. (The discussion board posts are practice for the second section of the exam.)
Students are urged to continue reading deeply and carefully. Discussions have been good, and it is hoped they will remain so.