Assignments

Discussion Questions

On the dates for which you're scheduled below, write one original discussion question for the day's assigned reading (as listed on the syllabus). Each question must be written in a way that could facilitate substantive discussion.

Submit your questions, in person, at the beginning of class on the relevant date. (Questions for days you're absent won't be accepted.) Questions can be handwritten or typed on any sheet of paper, but they must include your name and the submission/class date. You can also use this form to submit your questions, if you wish.

The minimum number of required questions for this assignment is ten. But you can schedule yourself for up to twelve days, in which case you can skip the assignment or submit an extra question on those one or two additional dates. I'll use your ten best scores when calculating your course grade at the end of the semester. (Half-point score totals will be rounded up.)

I'll grade your questions on a 5-point scale: 5.0=100%; 4.5=90%; 4.0=80%; 3.5=70%; 3.0=60%; etc. I won't explicitly factor in writing quality when grading, but you shouldn't expect to receive a 5 for a question's that's not well articulated or contains spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors. I'll usually just assign a score to each question, without comment. But I'll gladly address any questions or concerns you might have about a particular question or the assignment in general.

Response Papers

In each of these papers, present a distinctively personal response to an assigned day's reading. There are many ways to appropriately engage course material for this assignment; but essentially, you can discuss anything of interest to you as long as you do the following:

Your task is to reflect on the day's assigned reading, sort it out in a way that makes sense (or is useful) to you, and offer your "personal take" on the material. With that in mind:

Use only assigned readings (as listed on the syllabus), classroom material (including your notes), and your own ideas (or personal experiences) for this assignment. Using other ("outside") sources constitutes cheating and could subject you to disciplinary action.

The word count for each response (excluding your reference list) should be at least 500 words and no more than 700 words.

I'll use a rubric to evaluate your paper and email you a grade report when it's ready.

Your paper must be typewritten and double–spaced, use a single standard font with 1–1¼" margins throughout, and include a (typed) word count.

Citations must be employed as needed and conform fully to the author–date style described in Chapters 18-19 of Turabian's Manual for Writers. (You'll need to properly include, place, and style all the required information—exactly as detailed in Turabian's Manual.) Papers submitted with improperly formatted citations will receive a 5-point score reduction. Papers submitted without (both) parenthetical citations and a reference list may be refused and assigned a score of zero.

Your response(s) can be submitted in hard copy or via email. Either way, the submission deadline is the beginning of class on the scheduled date(s). For an email submission, send your response as a PDF file attachment from your "oswego.edu" email address and be sure to include your surname in the attachment file name. I'll only accept email submissions in PDF format; papers submitted in any other file format will be refused and assigned a score of zero.

Classroom Facilitation

Bring some original material to contribute to the classroom session on your scheduled date(s). Contributions could include news items, short video or audio clips, personal experiences, discussion questions, etc. You're encouraged, but not required, to meet with me before preparing this assignment.

Due Dates

All assignments are due at the beginning of the class period on the designated date.

Date Question Paper Facilitation
Feb 8
  • Awo
  • Chamanka
  • Dalton
  • MacKenzie
  • Sarah
  • --
  • --
Feb 13
  • Chamanka
  • Chris
  • Dalton
  • Erin
  • MacKenzie
  • Sarah
  • --
  • --
Feb 15
  • Chamanka
  • Chris
  • Dalton
  • Erin
  • MacKenzie
  • Sarah
  • --
  • --
Feb 20
  • Awo
  • Chamanka
  • Chris
  • Dalton
  • Erin
  • MacKenzie
  • Sarah
  • --
  • --
Feb 22
  • Awo
  • Chamanka
  • Erin
  • Dalton
  • MacKenzie
  • Sarah
  • Chris
Feb 27
  • Awo
  • Chamanka
  • Emory
  • Erin
  • Sarah
  • MacKenzie
  • --
Mar 1
  • Chamanka
  • Chris
  • Dalton
  • Emir
  • Emory
  • Sarah
  • Dalton
  • Emily
  • David
Mar 6
  • Chamanka
  • Dalton
  • Emily
  • Emir
  • Emory
  • MacKenzie
  • Sarah
  • Erin
  • --
Mar 8
  • Chamanka
  • Chris
  • Dalton
  • David
  • Emily
  • MacKenzie
  • Sarah
  • Emory
  • Emir
Mar 20
  • Awo
  • Chamanka
  • Dalton
  • David
  • Emily
  • Emir
  • Emory
  • David
  • Sarah
  • --
Mar 22
  • Chamanka
  • Chris
  • Dalton
  • David
  • Emily
  • Emir
  • Emory
  • Sarah
  • --
  • Erin
Mar 27
  • Chamanka
  • Chris
  • Dalton
  • David
  • Emily
  • Emory
  • Erin
  • MacKenzie
  • Sarah
  • Awo
  • --
Mar 29
  • Chris
  • David
  • Erin
  • MacKenzie
  • Sarah
  • Dalton
  • --
Apr 3
  • Awo
  • Dalton
  • David
  • Emily
  • Emir
  • Erin
  • Emory
  • Sarah
  • Chris
  • --
Apr 5
  • Awo
  • Chris
  • David
  • Emily
  • Emory
  • Erin
  • --
  • Chamanka
Apr 10
  • Emily
  • Emir
  • Emory
  • Erin
  • MacKenzie
  • --
  • --
Apr 12
  • Awo
  • Chris
  • David
  • Emily
  • Emir
  • Emory
  • MacKenzie
  • --
  • --
Apr 17
  • Awo
  • David
  • Emily
  • Emir
  • Emory
  • Erin
  • --
  • --
Apr 19
  • Chris
  • David
  • Emir
  • Emory
  • MacKenzie
  • Emily
Apr 24
  • David
  • Emily
  • Emir
  • Erin
  • Awo
  • Chamanka
  • --
Apr 26
  • Awo
  • Chris
  • David
  • Emily
  • MacKenzie
  • Emir
  • Emory
  • --