All Ratings and Reviews for Caroline Streeter
As the other reviewer said, the lectures are sometimes quite repetitive, and the slides usually don't contain much information relevant to what we're tested on. She'd also go off topic easily about current events or her daily life.
The grading scheme was:
20% attendance at discussion (every absence after the first is -1%, and they were all at 8 or 9am so yikes)
20% two 2-page double-space papers (due Weeks 2 and 4)
30% take home midterm (due Week 6)
30% take home final (due finals week)
For the entire course we were required to "read" six books: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, The Light of Truth by Ida B. Wells, The New Jim Crow, and two books by Angela Davis.
I got by without reading more than a chapter of each, as the first two books are on Sparknotes/Cliffsnotes and the rest you can find as pdfs or just buy hard copies. The lectures were sometimes useful before Week 6: she would drop quotes with specific page numbers from the first three books with the page numbers, and you could just use them on the 2-page papers and the midterm, which was a few short response and one three-page essay. After that, though, the lectures became propagandist and mostly irrelevant to the final, which was two 4-page essays connecting the last four books (she reuses Ida B. Wells from the midterm), as well as an additional 3-page essay you could write for 5% extra credit, all of which were due on Wednesday of finals week. I did fine just pulling a couple random relevant quotes from each book and tying them all together. (One tip for my TA: insert a sentence or two of fluff after every quote, even if it's background info, because she said that shows her that you actually did the reading.)
Streeter is very passionate about African American studies, but honestly I did not enjoy this class at all. The lectures are very boring, and they are often repetitive. One time she spent a whole one hour talking about one slide (and many things that weren't on that slide), and it felt like the lectures were very confusing. Also, my TA was very strict on grading, and he took off points in places that I didn't expect him to. The other TA, however, was more lenient, so your mileage may vary when you take this class.
The workload for this class though is fairly light - 2 responses papers (2 pages each), 1 take-home midterm, and 1 take-home final. If you're willing to endure thru tiring lectures and get a fairly simple class, go for it. Otherwise, I'd recommend finding another GE.
Dr. Streeter is an amazing professor. The work load is light, 3 mini essays (2 pgs each) and a final paper. As long as you read the texts and come ready to discuss you will do fine in the class. Streeter is an engaging professor. Highly recommend.
IF you've never taken a class with her, YOU MUST. Professor Streeter is awesome. Her personality and teaching style is refreshing. I especially recommend ENGL M104. On of my favorite classes because of the readings and the discussions in class.
OMG! This woman is horrible - I'm sorry! I have never met a harder grader! I don't know what happened this quarter but she killed us! Although as mentioned above the class had no final or midterm, she based our whole grades on short essays and a longer one at the end. HER GRADING IS SO RIGID AND UNREALISTIC! She kept giving out Cs and B-! I'm not sure how she's an "easy grader" or anything of that sort. She was pleasant and funny and had nice lectures but I feel like half of the class got the axe! I REGRET taking this class as it ruined my GPA. I have taken M104A and M104B and to be honest, they were not like this. I have great knowledge of the subject and did spectacular in my other classes. I honestly do not know what happened this quarter but she KILLED US.
DO NOT TAKE HER.
I have to agree that Professor street is arrogant. her arrogance doesn't stem from her confidence, but rather at her inability or unwillingness to truly listen to other students and treat them in a respectful manner. In the class I took with her, her lectures were usually quite good but she constantly put me off by ingoring student comments (often saying, "we don't have time for discussion.") or rudely rebuffing students whose views regarding the material varied from hers in ANY way. Finally, she was a mildly difficult grader but I didn't think she was impossible. Over all she was a decent professor but not at all pleasant to be around.
AFRO AM 6
I Definitely recommend this course! It is one of the best courses I have taken at UCLA. It truly made me think more than the obvious. The course itself is doable and truly enjoyable. She is an amazing professor and I could absolutely feel her passion and enjoyment for the topic. You might consider yourself as African American but I definitely recommend this course for further personal exploration and basic awareness of the problems in other ethnicities.
M104B: Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
You must take This course with Professor Streeter before you graduate! This is one of 3 professors I will remember when I leave UCLA.
Professor Streeter is extremely knowledgeable, yet very open to letting the students explore their own interpretations of the texts. She responds to emails within 1-3 days, and makes herself available to students outside of class.
I took M104B over the summer. The course consisted of two short essays and one 5-7 page paper in lieu of a final.
The reading list was 85% awesome. Some of the older essays can be a little dry, but it's not too bad. The reading load was heavy at times, but probably because of the 6 week timeframe.
This course really changed my personal perception of the world, and forced met or examine personal choices and relationships within my own culture. I cannot recommend it enough.
Prof. Streeter is a great person! She is very energetic and really does care about her students and her subject. I really appreciated her being well balanced in her need to get information over to students while entertaining student ideas, no matter how silly. She is a good looking woman as well...and oh so French...oooohhh La La....
I've almost graduated and looking back over four years of professors that I loved, Streeter was one of my favorite professors. She's smart, smart, smart, but completely open to student's observations and opinions. How many times did a student bring something up and she changed the direction of a lecture to examin that issue? Her essay topics were challenging, yet provocative. Finally, she really cares about student input and even passes out mid-quarter evaluations so she can adjust her teaching style to benefit the needs of her current students. She's a pleasure to be around.
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