Weekly Response Essays
For each week's class, prepare a 1 page, double-spaced, typed essay that responds to the question posed
about the reading assignments (see Lectures, Exams, and Reading Assignments for each question)
- bring a hard copy to class as these will form the basis for each class's discussion. Your first paragraph should
give a brief summary (entirely in your own words) of the reading assignment and conclude with 3 questions you would
pose to the author(s). Take care when preparing your essay by having read the assignments critically and by doing
a thorough proofreading of your essay to delete any typographical or grammatical errors. Please make absolutely
sure that your essay is written entirely in your own words and phrases!
Intellectual content and care with grammar and spelling will be the basis for my weekly assessments.
That said, these response essays are NOT mini-research papers. You should be able to read the texts assigned
and craft a summary as a personal reflective response to each question without going to other references.
Assessment of final course grades will be based on the following:
| 〉 Weekly response essays to specific seminar questions,
assignments, and field trips....
| 〉 Group presentation....
| 〉 Detailed outline and first letter for final research paper....
| 〉 Symposium presentation of final research results (20 minutes)....
| 〉 Final research paper (20+ pages)....
| 〉 Attendance, participation in classroom and field trip discussions....