b. In discussion sections on Thursday come prepared to discuss your reaction and thoughts about the speaker and reading(s). This discussion may spark new ideas for you.
c. Take risks and explore your own voice on the topics raised by the readings and speakers.
d. What should I write?
These writings are a place to practice personal expressive
writing -- an individual record of your learning. They
should be thoughtful, reflective pieces -- not only a report about
what was stated in an article or by a speaker, but critical
thinking about the new information and synthesis to create new
ideas. Please read this description of
Put your name, date, name of the reading author/speaker, and your discussion leader's name at the top of each paper. Not doing this is the most common reason students do not get credit for their work.
Please type between one and two pages (12 pt font. 1 inch margins, 1.5 line spacing) for each assignment. Please print double sided if possible. Your paper should have two sections with a heading for each:
Section 1. Description
In this section of your paper, report briefly on what was in the readings and what happened in the lecture. This section should be no longer than 1/3 of a page. Depending on the length of your sentences, this section may be between 2 and 5 sentences.
Section 2. Interpretation/Reflection
In this section interpret how the material relates to you and your experiences. How does the information match or conflict with your experiences and ideas? Do you have any difficulties with the material? If so, what are these? Does it resonate or have relevance for settings outside of NR 6 (for example, work, family, friends, the residence halls, the campus, the world?)? Comment on these connections.What questions does the material raise for you? How might it affect your future thinking and/or actions?
Check Plus: Both sections are present,
address the readings and the lecture, and the paper shows
excellent critical thinking, synthesis, and reflection.
Check: Both sections are present, address the readings and the lecture, and the paper shows average critical thinking, synthesis, and reflection.
Check-minus: A section is missing and/or the paper does not address either the readings or the lecture and/or the paper shows poor critical thinking, synthesis, and reflection.
Please take the time to read your instructor's comments on your
assignments and incorporate them into future submissions. We
expect to see effort in developing your critical thinking,
interpretation, and reflective writing skills over the course of
If you are having trouble getting started, please consider the
following prompts for each week. Note: You do not have to use
these prompts if you have other ideas you wish to write about.
Sep 3/5 possible prompts:
What experiences have contributed to your understanding of the meanings of 'race'? In what ways does the material presented challenge or affirm your understandings? What do you consider your racial identity to be? How do you think this identity influences who you are and how you are perceived by others? How does the Giller reading contribute to your understandings of the links between one's racial and ethnic identity and the environment?
What are your
thoughts about the pictures that Dr. Smith showed and how
students responded to them? What aspects of your cultural
background influence how you perceive others? Have you found
yourself in a situation where someone or something was not what
you expected? What was this situation, what was the basis for
your expectations, and how did it affect you?
Sep 17/19 prompt:
Guest Speaker: Dr. Iris Montague
This week the reflective paper is due on Thursday in discussion rather than on Wednesday. It consists of two steps:
Step 1. Find one or two people in NR 6 (in your discussion group or not) to have a 45 to 1 hour discussion among you in the next day or two about the following:
1. Who are you and where are you from?
2. How were you raised?
3. One important memory from your childhood.
4. What Implicit Association Tests did you take? What did you find out about yourself?
5. Were you surprised?
6. What do you think brought about/influenced your results on the IAT tests?
Step 2. Write your reflection in response to the following and bring to hand in during discussion on Thursday:
1. Brief description of what we did this week for class.
2. What did you find out about yourself?
3. What did you find out about the other person or people with whom you talked?
4. How does what you found out affect your feelings toward the other person or people?
overall thoughts in response to the material presented this week
Oct 15/17 - possible prompt:
If so, what did you do and why did you get involved? How does your experience compare with what you understand about community action in the EJ movement? In what ways might your experience affect your capacity and motivation to act in the future on community-based projects for change?
If not, why not? What might affect
your capacity and motivation to act in the future on
community-based projects for change?