To introduce students to some basic strategies in Scrabble (such as parallel plays, ways to spot bingos, and board psychology) while maintaining the game’s recreational aspect. Players of any skill level are welcome. Students that graduate the class can expect to leave with improved logic and problem-solving skills, a richer vocabulary, knowledge on the history of Scrabble, and most importantly, a skillset needed to finally crush your entire family at a board game when you go back home.
Class will consist of a 15-20 minute lecture introducing a strategy element of the game and discussing the week’s reading, followed by a game of Scrabble against other classmates. Students may choose instead to challenge the facilitator in a game, in which extra credit will be rewarded upon a win. During the in-class game, the facilitator will walk around offering help on gameplay.
Grading (all of the following is required for a P):
Attendance: You can have up to two absences total. If you forget to bring a board and do not have someone else to share one with, it will be counted as an absence.
Punctuality: Class starts at 4:10 pm. Tardies are counted as half-absences.
Homework: Starting on week two, turn in a detailed, handwritten score sheet of one Scrabble game played outside of class. Homework is due every week. Make an honest effort! Play against reasonably fair opponents. Must be one vs. one on a physical board, and not against a computer.
Examinations: There will be one midterm exam and one final exam. Both will be written and in-class. A total of at least an 80% combined score on the two exams is required to pass the course. “Combined score” in this context means adding up all of the points earned on both examinations and dividing by the total points available on both examinations.
Readings: Throughout the class, readings will be assigned and part of class will consist of a short discussion on the reading. A paper will be assigned based off of some of the readings and an in-class movie.
Required: Official 15x15 Scrabble board (NOT electronic Scrabble, Scrabble Junior,
Express Scrabble, or Super Scrabble)
An up-to-date Scrabble dictionary (optional)
You will need to bring your Scrabble board every class, except for the first class, in which we will just go over administrative details.
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