"If you are walking in Charleston, you are walking on someone's grave."--Sue Bennett, Charleston tour guide

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Syllabus Spring 2018 "Beyond the Grave"

“Beyond the Grave: What Old Cemeteries Tell and Teach the Living”
Term: Spring 2018
Course Number: FYSE 111-02 (23577)
Class Meets: Mondays, 6-8:45 p.m.
Location: Robert Scott Small Room 138
Class Web (Blog) Site: charlestonbeyondthegrave.blogspot.com
Instructor: Patrick Harwood/Department of Communication
Phone: 843.224.3112 (call/text)
Email: harwoodp@cofc.edu
Office: Robert Scott Small, Room 126
Office Hours: One hour before and after class
Peer Facilitator:  Megan Frederick
Email: frederickmj@g.cofc.edu

Circular Congregational Church

Situated in the historic district of the “Holy City,” the College of Charleston is surrounded by Charleston’s historic streets, buildings, and cemeteries.  This class will focus on the many 18th and 19th century graveyards within walking distance of campus and beyond. We will use multiple disciplinary perspectives to study long ago lives, researching and examining how people lived and died. Funerary customs- how people are buried, memorialized, and remembered- can tell us things about the past and also put into perspective, in some ways, our lives and lifestyles today.

This class is also about you becoming a better writer and researcher. Writing techniques, structure, grammar and other basics will be emphasized and interwoven throughout the many assignments, such as blog posts, that you will be doing. You will be exposed to various research resources online, on campus and elsewhere that will be utilized for different assignments.

The course is also about multimedia online content creation and dissemination. On your blogs you will write and create an array of different types of content using words, photos and videos produced using programs some of which may be familiar, others maybe not.

(photo: Magnolia Cemetery)

Magnolia Cemetery


  • Attend every class, be on time
  • Don't be disruptive with use of cell phones during class 
  • Complete assignments on time and strive to improve
  • Create your own blog and keep it up to date 
  • Meet deadlines, be creative 
  • Ask questions, share opinions in class
  • Participate in all class outings during and outside class time
  • Save all photos you take because you will need them 

  • Students will be able to identify and use the appropriate academic resources and student support services offered at the university. These would include the Addlestone Library, information technology, the Center for Student Learning, the Career Center, and other appropriate academic resources, student support services, and cultural resources. 
  • Students will be able to use appropriate tools and search strategies for identifying particular types of information specific to this course
  • Students will be able to use appropriate critical thinking skills and problem-solving techniques in appropriate disciplinary contexts and make connections across disciplines and/or relevant experiences
I encourage you to take advantage of the Writing Lab in the Center for Student Learning (Addlestone Library, first floor).  Trained writing consultants can help with writing for all courses; they offer one-to-one consultations that address everything from brainstorming and developing ideas to crafting strong sentences and documenting sources.  For more information, please call 843.953.5635 or visit http://csl.cofc.edu/labs/writing-lab/

St. Mary's Catholic Church
  • "In the Arms of Angels: Magnolia Cemetery- Charleston's Treasure of History, Mystery and Artistry" by Patrick Harwood (2014)- this book should be purchased directly from your teacher. Cost is $50 (cash, check or credit card)
  • "Stories Told in Stone- Cemetery Iconography" by Gaylor Cooper (2009, Motes Books)- please purchase at the CofC Bookstore
  • You will need to be able to take quality photographs so have a camera or smart phone that can do so
  • Flashdrive will be helpful in bringing your photos to class when needed and for storing photos taken for class
Bethel United Methodist Church
o    Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming Street (Episcopal)
o    Second Presbyterian Church, 342 Meeting St. (across from Marion Square Embassy Suites hotel)
o    St. Patrick Catholic Church, 134 St. Philip St.
o    Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St. (United Church of Christ and Presbyterian Church)
o    Unitarian Church of Charleston, 4 Archdale St.
o    Bethel United Methodist Church, 57 Pitt St.
First Scots Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting St. 
First Scots Presbyterian Church

  • Graveyard and cemetery visits facts and impressions
  • Graveyard symbols and epitaphs
  • Personal ancestory research and writing
  • "Old Charlestonian" research and writing 
  • Guest speaker visits 
  • End of semester slideshow/video project 


A 94-100; A- 90-93; B+ 87-89; B 83-86; B- 80-82; C+ 77-79; C 73-76; C- 70-72; D+ 65-69; D 60-64; F 59 and under A = 4.00 B = 3.00 C = 2.00 D = 1.00 A- = 3.67 B- = 2.67 C- = 1.67 F = 0.00 B+ = 3.33 C+ = 2.33
D+ = 1.33 

First Scots Presbyterian Church
Two Exams (midterm and final):                         40 percent
Blog Assignments:                                                40 percent 
Participation, homework, other assignments:    10 percent
Peer facilitator classes and work:                        10 percent 
Note: There will be extra credit opportunities by doing extra blog posts on topics related to this course's subject material  

Note: This syllabus is subject to change so you should not rely on a printed version made early in the semester. I will bring up the syllabus almost every class and talk about changes to it and when things are due, upcoming activities, etc. Homework and other key assignments/events are underlined for emphasis. 

January 8 (Week 1)  
---Course introduction and overview...Peer facilitator and her role...syllabus review...required books...student
       information sheets...class and individual Blogger blogs...Prezi No. 1: Course Overview...your professor's cemetery interests, research and books...steps to setting up and posting to your blogs
---Course Introduction (Prezi)
---Funeral and Cemetery Evolution (Prezi)
---Homework for next class:
    ---Set up your individual blogs using Blogger- make sure it is three columns and in the columns have at least these four "gadgets": About Me- use the Image gadget to post your photo and under it have a few lines to introduce yourself and this new blog; Follow By Email, Search This Blog, and Blog Stats
    ---Write a first blog post about who you are and where you are from, what you plan to study in college and hope to do after college, what your first CofC semester was like, what your hobbies and other interests are, include two or more photos and also have two or more embedded links 
    ---Be ready by next class to share your blog name and address for the master list
    ---Also, complete two handouts after reading the listed sections in our books

January 15 (Week 2)- No class: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

January 22 (Week 3) 
---Collect two homework assignments 
---Book purchase updates
---Blog set up questions and issues
---Compile class master list of blog names and addresses (URLs) 
---Blog writing workshop- Prezi on "Road to Better Blogging"  
---Encourage use of Grammarly for spelling and other writing checks
---Prezi prsentations on types of grave markers and graveyard visit procedures and tips  
---Review "Identifying Your Ancestors" (pages 25-53) in "Stories Told in Stone" and other parts to read for homework assignment 
---Homework for next class: read designated parts of both books and complete hand out 

January 29 (Week 4) 
---Review and collect homework
---Visit tonight to the graveyards of Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul and St. Patrick's Church. At Cathedral Church, meet with church archivist Linda McCants- Also, look for and photograph epitaphs that catch your eye for future project
---Before leaving the classroom review Types of Grave Markers (Prezi) and the findagrave.com website 
---Preview class visit next week to two nearby church graveyards- visiting a cemetery or graveyard: what to look for--detail blog post assignment with this outing
---Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming St.    Church Website   FindAGrave Site  
      Wikipedia Entry 
---St. Patrick Catholic Church, 134 St. Philip St.  Church Website  Church History   FindAGrave Site
---Blog Post Due Next Class:  At least 10 different types of grave markers can be found in the graveyards at Cathedral Church and St. Patrick. Create a blog post showing your photographs of 10 more different types of these grave markers found during our visit. To correctly identify the markers review your textbooks and this Prezi.  The writing to accompany each photo should say where you found the marker (which church graveyard), what type it is with a brief description of each type, who is buried there, when he/she lived and died, and anything else you want to write and observe.  

February 5 (Week 5)   Class meets at 6 p.m. in Room 122, Addlestone Library 
---St. Luke/Paul and St. Patrick's church graveyards blog post due today
---Visit Addlestone Library to meet with librarian Jared Seay about research resources there 
---Preview guest speaker next week, Ms. Ruth Miller, Charleston historian, author and tour guide 
---Preview blog post guidelines on her talk:
---Due next Monday: Write a 300-plus word blog post about Ruth Miller's visit to our class. Include at least three full quotes from her. Focus on a few of her major themes and your major takeaways- what surprised you, what did you learn, what do you think other people should know?  
---Address her background such as how she became interested in Charleston graveyards
---Be sure to mention the books she has written about several Charleston church graveyards- and include links to her book site as well as her main homepage.  See those links below in February 12 class information.
---Take careful notes during her presentation. Write (or record) interesting, insightful and particularly articulate or colorful things she says, especially to use for your full sentence quotes. 
---Give the post an engaging headline and lead sentence; keep paragraphs short and flowing 
---Include a visual of her that you take- her speaking to the class or her with your professor at the end of her talk.  You can also have a picture taken of you with her. 
---Per every blog post, have two or more embedded links and two or more label words
---Go through steps to link your graveyard visits blog post to the class blog
---Homework for next week: complete handout on grave marker symbols and iconography 

February 12 (Week 6)  Ruth Miller visit
---Collect handout homework
---Guest speaker tonight: Ruth Miller, Charleston historian, author and tour guide
---See link to her books here 
---Homework for next class: Ruth Miller blog post- details are listed above (under Feb. 5 class) 
---Presentation on cemetery symbols and iconography
---Visit next week to Bethel UMC for symbols scavenger hunt- details will be given- distribute sheet to help keep track of symbols seen-- looks also for more epitaphs for future project

February 19 (Week 7)
---Ruth Miller blog post due at start of class
---Visit tonight to Bethel United Methodist Church, 57 Pitt St. for symbol scavenger hunt . We will meet there with Sue Bennett, the church administrator who is also a licensed Charleston tour guide.  
---Ancestor Research Project- distribute assignment guidelines- subject proposals are due next week
---Steps to begin process: talk to your parents, grandparents, other relatives to identify a "worthy" and interesting ancestor to research- subject must be at least a great grandparent
---Review ancestry.com and other research tools (Prezi) 
---Bethel UMC "Symbols Scavenger Hunt" Blog Post Details: Photograph at least 10 different examples of grave marker symbolism or iconography. Have appropriate set up writing to begin the post- hit on the church's rich history; two or more embedded links; and two/more label words. With each photograph, say what the symbol is and what is means. Also include the type of grave marker and who is buried there, when he/she lived and died, if available. The post must also include a photograph you take of Sue Bennett and at least two or three references to things she said about the church and the graveyard. Have at least one full quote.  Use your textbooks and online resources shown you to properly identify and interpret these symbols. Here is Bethel United Methodist Church's homepage and a link within that to its history

February 26 (Week 8)
---Ancestor proposals due- type per the guidelines- may be asked to give oral proposal too
--- Bethel UMC symbols scavenger hunt blog posts due. See Feb. 19 for assignment details. 
---Discuss Elizabeth Jackson headstone visit and blog post for next week
---View and discuss PBS' "Ten Parks That Changed America"- Mt. Auburn Cemetery, near Boston, which is America's first "rural" cemetery, is featured (10:54 in)
---Midterm Exam Study Guide distributed and reviewed

March 5 (Week 9) Note: Midterm grades are due March 6 by noon
---Return Ancestor proposals
---Midterm Exam tonight 

March 12 (Week 10) 
---Return Midterm Exams
---Updates on Ancestor research and blog post
---Tonight we will discuss and visit the headstone of Elizabeth Jackson located in front of the Robert Scott Small building. There will be a timed writing when we return to the classroom- details will be given
March 19 (Week 11)- No class:  Spring Break
March 26 (Week 12)
---Ancestor Presentations tonight 
---Preview next week's visit by CofC sociologist Dr. George Dickinson and blog post guidelines 
---Begin to discuss "Old Charlestonian" research project
---Submit "Old Charlestonian" topic next week

April 2 (Week 13)
---Class visit by CofC sociologist Dr. George Dickinson
---Homework- Due next class:
o     Write a 300 plus word blog post about Dr. Dickinson’s visit to our class. Include at least three quotes from him. Hit on his general themes on death, dying and bereavement. Post only on your blogs, not the class one
o     Include a photo of him that you take during class tonight and also have at least two links to related material about Dr. Dickinson
o     Take careful notes during his presentation. Write (or record) interesting, insightful and especially articulate full sentences that will make strong quotes in your post
o     Give post an engaging headline- same with your lead sentence- don’t be bland
o     Keep your paragraphs short and flowing
---"Old Charlestonian" research proposals due -- we will review these during class tonight
---Discuss next week's Magnolia Cemetery field trip- distribute post guidelines
---Distribute Magnolia Cemetery Confederate Generals homework

April 9 (Week 14)
---Magnolia Cemetery Field Trip- Cabs will pick us up in front of Stern Center at 5:30 p.m. 
---"Old Charlestonian" post and presentations are next week

April 16 (Week 15) 
---"Old Charlestonian" presentations tonight 
---Final Exam Study Guide distribution and review 
---Final slideshow/video project details and guidelines 
Video Project Details- Produce a video that documents the things you have done and seen during this FYE class this semester. The length should be 1:30- 2 minute video (OK if it’s longer)
o    The video must be produced using Windows Movie Maker, Apple iMovie or Kizoa
o    Use text to convey information such as the cemetery name and address, the gravesite we are seeing, other information
o    Video must have music with it (incompetech.com is an excellent free music source)
o    Post on your blog and the class blog (charlestonbeyondthegrave.blogspot.com)
o    This video will be due on our exam date and will be worth 10 points on the final exam
o    Also remember copyright free music is available on the Incompetech website (go to Royalty Free Music link, then View Collections)
o    Go through my Apple iMovie video tutorial

o    Introduce Kizoa slideshow program- students can do a slideshow in Kizoa instead of producing a video in iMovie or Windows Movie Maker. See my Magnolia Cemetery Kizoa as an example of what you can do with Kizoa

April 23 (Week 16)- Last class 
---Magnolia Cemetery blog post due 
---Old City Jail Tour Tonight 7 p.m. - Blog Post Details:  (Post is due by Monday, April 30
Please write a 300-plus blog post about the following
Open the post with some of your thoughts and impressions of touring the jail
Briefly go into the Old City Jail’s colorful history
Detail some of the places within the jail that you will see
Detail some of the stories and anecdotes the tour guide will shar
Be sure to make note of the tour guide’s name and correct spelling, and the name of the tour company
Have at least two full sentence quotes from the guide about some aspect of the jail you find interesting and/or insightful (routine facts should not be quoted)
End the post with some final thoughts and impressions
Include at least three photographs that you take outside and/or inside the jail
And, as always, include two or more embedded links to relevant material 

Final Exam:  Friday, April 27, 7:30 p.m. 
---10 point semester in review video/slideshow due

Final Grades are due Monday, May 7

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