The Book of Mormon
Available online: https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm?lang=eng
You will be presented with 5 random true/false, matching, and/or multiple choice questions at the end of each lesson that pertain to that lesson. These quizzes do not count toward your final grade and are simply a way to check your mastery of the lesson’s subject matter. You may take these quizzes as often as you like. Beginning in lesson 3, you will also be taking a 5-question quiz that covers the material from previous lessons. This is to help you check your retention of previously covered material. You must get at least an 80 percent (4 out of 5 correct) in order to proceed with the next lesson. You are encouraged to take the necessary time to review any topics that you have difficulty with, because these questions will eventually show up on your graded exams.
The purpose of this project is to help you direct your learning by choosing a project that will help you engage more deeply in a serious study of the Book of Mormon. This assignment is specifically left open so that you can exercise your agency and stretch yourself. If it feels like busy work to you, you either picked the wrong project or you are not taking it seriously enough. The project needs to reflect an appropriate amount of effort to merit approximately 15 percent of your grade. At the end of unit 3, you will need to make a final accounting by submitting your project along with a simple report in which you self-grade 50 points of your project based on what you said you would do. I will assign the other 50 points of your score based on your reported effort, an evaluation of your project as a whole, and your project’s degree of difficulty. Your proposal for this project is worth 5 points and will be submitted after lesson 4.
In this assignment, you will share some of the highlights of what you have learned from the Book of Mormon during this course. Complete this assignment by doing the readings and answering the questions that are included in lesson videos and in selected lesson material. At the end of each unit, you will submit what you have written to that point.
This assignment is meant to stretch your understanding of the scholarship surrounding the Book of Mormon. You will be provided with a list of ten books on the Book of Mormon that you can read for this book report. Many of these books are available for free via the Neal A. Maxwell Institute website. The emphasis is on reading the book, not writing a lengthy report. The requirement for this assignment is to read the book and write a 1-page paper on what you learned. (This can include quotes from the book.) You will also write a statement that you read the entire book. If you’d like to read a book that’s not on the list, please contact the instructor.
There are two response papers in this class; each should be between 1,000 and 1,500 words. These response papers are intended to help you demonstrate that you have mastered the skills taught in class. The first covers seven scripture study skills (using study aids, asking and answering questions, finding principles and one-liners, and using the 1828 dictionary and scriptures.byu.edu). Demonstrate using these skills on 1 Nephi 10–18 for this paper. The second paper will be an in-depth study on how a key word or phrase is used throughout the Book of Mormon.
Learning new things is good; doing something with what you learn is even better. This is especially true with gospel learning. President Thomas S. Monson taught, “The goal of gospel teaching. . . is not to ‘pour information’ into the minds of class members. . . . The aim is to inspire the individual to think about, feel about, and then do something about living gospel principles” (Monson 1970). To help you act on the things you are learning, there will be times throughout the semester that you will write a short (half-page) response about what you have done to apply principles taught in the Book of Mormon.
There will be two midcourse exams and a final. These tests will include true/false, matching, and multiple choice questions drawn from the same bank of questions that feeds the lesson quizzes (so review those quizzes over and over). These exams will give you an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of the factual and doctrinal information discussed in the lesson material and the text.
|Book of Mormon Journal||60 points (20 points each)||≈ 9%|
|Book Report||30 points||≈ 5%|
|Book of Mormon Project||105 points||≈ 17%|
|Response Papers||60 points (30 points each)||≈ 9%|
|Abiding by Its Precepts||30 points (10 points each)||≈ 5%|
|Midcourse Exams||200 (100 points each)||≈ 31%|
|Final Exam (comprehensive)||150 points||≈ 24%|
|Total: 635 points||100%|
The points from the various components of the course will be totaled together, and you will have an overall percentage of the points you have earned. Grades will then be calculated as follows:
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