Guidelines for Discussion Papers



Discussion Papers

The 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.

 **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)

When you 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 papers.

·                    The main purpose of the article/chapter/book is        . (What was the author trying to accomplish?)

·                    The question that the author is addressing is          .

·                    The most important information in this article is      . (Facts, experiences, data, etc. that the author used to support his/her thesis)

·                    The main 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      .

·                    The main 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 implications are       .

·                    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?)