Christine Chism

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ENGL 4HW
Critical Reading and Writing See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 4.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness 4.5

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This class is designed and taught entirely by TAs. There is no interrogation with the Professor whatsoever. I took this class with Vivian Delchamps.

English 4WH was one of the best classes I've taken at UCLA. There are no in class exams, the required texts were enjoyable to read, and class discussions were always engaging and often profound. Participation is required, but everyone is given plenty of opportunities to speak, so it's not a competition. While this is an honors class, essays are not graded harder and the workload is very manageable.

In my section, we read "Beloved," "Of Mice and Men," "The Glass Menagerie," "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe," and selected poetry. At most, we had to read 150 pages in a week, but we often read much less. Grading: 10% Homework (completion); 20% Participation and attendance; 10% Paper 1 (2 pages); 15% Paper 2 (5 pages); 15% Paper 3 (4-5 pages); 20% Revised Paper 3 (6-7 pages); 10% Presentation (5 minutes, very informal).

(Winter Quarter 2019)
ENGL 4W
Critical Reading and Writing See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.7 Workload 3.3 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 4.0

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As other reviews have mentioned, your experiences in the course will vary depending on your TA. I DID want to mention that Professor Chism co-signed a LOR which my TA wrote for me in this course, and I felt that was very kind of her!

(Fall Quarter 2019)
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ENGL 4WS
Critical Reading and Writing (Service Learning) See Full Profile

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ENGL 10A
English Literature to 1660 See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 1.8 Workload 2.2 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.4

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Very knowledgable and interested in her students on a personal level. A fair grader. Course is reasonably strenuous.

(March 28, 2013)
ENGL 20W
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ENGL 20W
Introduction to Creative Writing See Full Profile

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ENGL 70
Major British Authors before 1800 See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 4.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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Title here is misleading; should be English 70, Medievalisms (which she has taught Spring 2017 and 2018).
Chism is a wonderful professor - she is very encouraging, engaging, and passionate about the material she teaches. She definitely expects participation, but the fun thing about this class is that you can make connections to contemporary culture - Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Neil Gaiman's work etc.
This class is also very fluid; what she lectures on will depend on the questions you ask, although she has some loose structure in mind. That's not to say she isn't prepared. Chism definitely knows what she's talking about; it's just that the class can go in many different directions. And it really is just amazing to see how much she knows, and how she can make very relevant connections between medieval works / Lord of the Rings to our world today.
The class breakdown is:
50% for 2 essays, or replace 1 essay with a presentation (she says she wants the first essay to count for less and the second one to count for more to reward improvement, so probably 20% first essay 30% second essay)
30% weekly response papers, total of 8 because they aren't due the same week essays are due (though these can be used to make up missed response papers). Length of one paragraph to one page (or more if you'd like feedback on ideas)
20% participation/attendance in lecture and section
The grading for essays will be based on TA, but if you do a presentation Chism will grade you. She also grades the weekly response papers. From what I can tell, I think she is more lenient than the TAs will be. For honors students, this is probably a good class to ask for an honors contract in because she definitely wants to help and is incredibly reasonable in setting expectations for the contract. She's also understanding and gives out extensions as long as you ask 48 hours in advance.

(Spring Quarter 2018)
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ENGL M101A
Lesbian and Gay Literature before Stonewall See Full Profile

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ENGL 123
Theories of History and Historicism See Full Profile

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ENGL 131
Studies in Postcolonial Literatures See Full Profile

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ENGL M138
Topics in Creative Writing Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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ENGL M138
Topics in Creative Writing See Full Profile

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