Assignment Outcome
  • Students will be able to demonstrate interest in and interaction with the course material on a deeper and/or creative level.

Relevant Course Outcomes
  • Students will be able to identify and analyze the textual, historical, and cultural contexts of works of literature.
  • Students will be able to identify and articulate the issues concerning the translation, mistranslation, application, and/or appropriation of the Bible.
  • Students will be able to read works of literature closely and thoroughly.
  • Students will be able to develop insights effectively through written communication, particularly via collaborative wiki.

Badge (n.) Originally: a heraldic symbol worn as an identifying mark by a knight and his retainers (sometimes more fully badge of arms). -- Oxford English Dictionary

Due:
  • At least 3 Midterm Badges - October 26 (midnight)
  • At least 3 Finals Badges - December 7 (midnight)

Instructions:
Sign up for a Credly account by clicking here. VERY IMPORTANT: you MUST verify your email address after you create the account in order for you to get credit for your Badges.*

By completing certain criteria, you may earn a variety of different Badges (see below for choices and descriptions of criteria). To earn an A for this portion of your course grade, you must earn at least three Badges by midterm (each Badge must be from a different Group) and another three Badges by the final (each Badge must be from a different Group). Any Badges over three earned during each of these sections will count as Extra Credit. These may be earned at any time during the relevant sections of the course (i.e. the before midterm or before the final).

Once you have completed the requirements for a Badge, go to the relevant link below and request your Badge. If all the requirements have been sufficiently met, you will then receive it. If not, you will be asked to revise and request again.

Finally, if a student by far has the most Badges each Badge period, they will earn Extra Credit and a prize!

DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE DEADLINE TO COMPLETE YOUR BADGES! THIS DOES NOT GO WELL FOR YOU (in case you have not met the criteria and have to ask for the Badge again) OR ME (I have to approve at least 84 Badges per half-semester - do not make me do this all in one evening!)

Bonus:
  • If you are inclined, you may share your Badges via various social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter)! Tell your friends about your accomplishments!

How Badges Will Be Graded
  • Badges will be 15% of the overall course grade.
  • Badges earned will be graded upon the following scale.
6 Badges (3 Midterm, 3 Finals)
A
5 Badges (fairly equally distributed)
B
4 Badges (equally distributed)
C
3 Badges (fairly equally distributed)
D
1-2 Badge(s)
F

Choices for Midterm Badges: BibleasLitClass Badge requested during Course Prep is a "free" one and not an option for these Badges. Each Badge must be from a different Group.
Group 1
To earn Archaeology Badge: 1) Select an artifact (any time period, any geography) which you believe is the most significant to Biblical history; 2) on your personal page on the wiki, provide an image of this artifact; 3) Discuss why you believe this artifact is the most significant
To earn Genre Badge: 1) On your personal page on the wiki, create a list of all the genres of literature in the Bible you can find as mentioned in as many of the sources we have read as possible; 2) Create a graphic representation depicting how those genres might interact with each other; 3) Select three of those genres and discuss why they might have been chosen to use by the authors of the Bible

Group 2
To earn Hebrew Culture Badge: 1) On your personal wiki page, create a timeline with at least 10 important points related to Hebrew history; 2) Select one important person in Hebrew history about whom to do some research; 3) Create a short biography in any media form (ex. video, audio, writing) and post to your wiki page
To earn Early Christian Culture Badge: 1) On your personal wiki page, create a timeline with at least 10 important points related to early Christian history; 2) Select one important person in early Christian history about whom to do some research; 3) Create a short biography in any media form (ex. video, audio, writing) and post to your wiki page
To earn Illustrator Badge (note: only choose this one if you have artistic ability): Choose three characters from books we have read up to this point to illustrate. Add them to the Illustrator Padlet. Each illustration must be accompanied by a quotation from the relevant text that inspired it.

Group 3
To earn Genesis Badge: 1) Select and post on your personal wiki page at least ten quotations (may be just passages or words) in the creation story of Genesis that would indicate humankind's relationship to nature; 2) Select three to discuss concerning what that relationship to nature might be; 3) Write an imagined diary entry by Adam upon the creation of Eve (keep it clean!)
To earn Great Flood Badge: 1) Select three images of representations of three different Great Flood stories (i.e. see the list of stories in Parallel Myths reading); 2) Add them to your personal page on the wiki and label them; 3) Discuss the similarities and differences in these three representations

Group 4
To earn Exodus Badge: 1) Create a notice from the Pharaoh announcing the killing of all male Hebrew children to stop the prophecy and post on your personal wiki page; 2) Write a letter from Moses to Pharaoh with the theme "Let my people go"; 3) Post one image of the parting of the Red Sea
To earn "The Other" Badge: 1) On your personal page on the wiki, discuss how the "Other" is manifested in the Bible; 2) Watch the video Elizabeth Lesser, "Take 'the Other' to Lunch" and imagine taking at least three of the "Other" characters from our texts to lunch; 3) Create a project (any medium - i.e. written, audio, video, etc.) based upon that imagined conversation; 4) Create a list of at least ten "Others" you have encountered in (modern or otherwise) books and/or films
To earn Job Badge: 1) On your personal page on the wiki, write a letter from Job to God concerning his reactions to his experiences; 2) Write an imagined diary entry by Job concerning one of his experiences; 3) Choose an actor to play Job in a movie and discuss why you chose that person

Group 5
To earn Psalms Badge: 1) On your personal page on the wiki, create a list of ten human characteristics that are promoted in the Psalms; 2) Choose two of those characteristics and choose one quotation from the Psalms that, for you, defines them; 3) Create a list of at least ten characters you have encountered in (modern or otherwise) books and/or films that exhibit these characteristics
To earn Song of Songs Badge: 1) Write three different poems that are influenced by the poetry forms in the Bible; 2) Post all three on your personal wiki page

Group 6
To earn Translation I Badge: 1) Using the Unbound Bible, select a significant section of the Bible to compare in at least three different versions; 2) On your personal wiki page, create a chart that compares similarities and differences among your selected versions; 3) In a paragraph on your personal wiki page, speculate as to what the effect of the differences would be on the reader
To earn Translation II Badge: 1) Select a translator of the Bible and create a "Wanted" ad for that person (must include specifics about that person's "crimes") and post to your personal wiki page; 2) Create a list of ten pieces of advice a master Bible translator might give to their apprentice translator as they are learning the trade


Choices for Finals Badges: Each Badge must be from a different Group.
Group 7
To earn Apocrypha Badge: 1) On your personal wiki page, find and provide a definition of "Apocrypha"; 2) Write an imagined letter from the author of an apocryphal text to the "official selectors of Biblical texts" asking to be included in the canon of the Bible (be sure to include explanations as to why your text should be included); 3) Write an imagined letter from the "official selectors of Biblical texts" to the author of an apocryphal text rejecting its inclusion in the canon (be sure to includes explanations as to why the text is being rejected)
To earn Judith Badge: 1) Select and post one image from the Judith story on your personal wiki page; 2) Imagine that you are the Old English person commissioning the writing of the Judith text and write a letter to the author explaining how you want to see the story written; 3) Select one quotation from the Judith story (either the original or the Old English) that you believe sums up her character

Group 8
To earn Everyday Bible Badge: 1) Over the course of one week, keep a log of all the Biblical references you encounter (ex. in conversation, on the news, in other media, as you are driving, etc.); 2) Post that log to your personal wiki page; 3) On your personal wiki page, analyze the types of references you encountered (ex. Were there more of certain kinds than others? How were they used? Etc.)
To earn Pop Culture Badge: 1) On your personal page on the wiki, list five modern films or books that were influenced by or include representations of the Bible; 2) For each film or book, discuss what books of the Bible in particular influenced them

Group 9
To earn Gospels Badge: 1) On your personal wiki page, discuss why there are multiple versions of the story (the Gospels) depicting Christ's life; 2) Discuss the problems with eye-witness accounts and accounts written after the fact; 3) Discuss Christ as "The Other"
To earn Matthew Badge: 1) On your personal wiki page, create a list of early foreshadowing that Christ is a wise man; 2) Create a list of the miracles Christ performs; 3) Create a list of the disabilities mentioned throughout Matthew
To earn (Re)Writings Badge: 1) Reread Chapter 27 of Matthew, the "York Crucifixion" play, and Hemingway's "Today Is Friday"; 2) On your personal wiki page, write a job announcement for a Roman soldier on crucifixion duty; 3) Select one of the versions of the Crucifixion and write a resignation letter for one of the Roman soldiers who crucified Christ

Group 10
To earn Judas Badge: On your personal wiki page, write two imaginary versions of Judas' suicide note: the first influenced by Matthew and the second influenced by the Gospel of Judas
To earn Heresy Badge: 1) On your personal wiki page, find and provide a definition of "Gnosticism"; 2) Find and provide a definition of "heresy"; 3) Imagine that the collection of heretical texts you hid in a rock cave had been found - create a list of five defenses as to why they should not be destroyed

Group 11
To earn Paul Badge: 1) On your personal page on the wiki, write a letter responding to one of Paul's letters; 2) Write a version of the marriage vows as you believe Paul would approve of them (discussion of traditional marriage vows) based upon your readings of his letters
To earn Revelation Badge: 1) Select three images of representations of the events in Revelations; 2) Add them to your personal page on the wiki and label them; 3) Discuss the similarities and differences in these three representations