Guidelines for Discussion Papers
**TOPICS FOR ALL PAPERS WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE STUDENTS**
(WARNING: DON'T ASK THE PROFESSOR!!!
objective of this paper is for the student to identify themes and questions for
the class discussion. These
papers are a requirement for the course and are one page in
length, typed using the formatting standards discussed in the syllabus. Discussions will be on the required readings (or
book) for that particular discussion assignment. Dates for
discussions are in the syllabus. Remember that all assigned reading must be completed before the class
discussions and papers must be turned in the day of the discussion.
particular discussion assignment. Dates for discussions are in the syllabus. Remember that all assigned reading must be completed before the class discussions and papers must be turned in the day of the discussion.
**These papers should be used as a guide to lead a class discussion. You know you are finished with the paper if you are confident that you could speak for at least 10 minutes in front of the class on the discussion topic.
To Get You Started…(Guidelines for Discussion Papers)
sit down to read, keep a pen and paper next to you and answer the following
questions. These questions should be the basis for your thought and discussion
The main purpose
of the article/chapter/book is
. (What was the author trying to accomplish?)
that the author is addressing is
important information in this article is
. (Facts, experiences, data, etc. that the author used to support
inferences/conclusions in this article are
The key idea/s
we need to understand in this article is/are . By these ideas the author means .
assumption/s underlying the author’s thinking is/are .
(Generalizations that the author takes for granted.
If we are to
take this line of reasoning seriously, the implications are
. If we fail to take this line of reasoning seriously the
The main point/s
of view presented in this article is/are . (What is the author
looking at? And how is s/he seeing it?)