The purpose of the weekly reflections is twofold. First, it allows me to assess how well you grasped the concepts of the previous week, both individually and as a class. Second, it allows you get clarification on any concepts you still find confusing. Reflections are assigned at the beginning of class, and can not be made up. They are completed on index cards that I will provide. They are worth 5 points each. Here is an example of a typical reflection:
Prompt: Last week we explored the concept of thesis development. On one side of your card please give me a brief summary of the most interesting/useful/relevant thing you learned about thesis development. On the other side of the card, please write down a question you still have about this concept, or an area in which you would like a little more clarification.
The most useful thing I learned about thesis development is the fact that it doesn't have to happen right away, and it is a fluid process that can (and should) morph as I gain more knowledge about my topic. In the past I have thought I needed to come up with my thesis before I even started to research!
A question I still have is this: how do I deal with instructors who don't seem to know this!!!! My speech teacher wants us to come up with our focus immediately!
Side One: Give me an example of a defining research question AND an analytical research question.
Side Two: We begin our research next week. Do you have any lingering questions about topic selection an development?
Side One: What purpose does preliminary reading serve? In other words, why do it?
Side Two: What is a question you still have concerning preliminary reading or the development of guiding research questions, and thesis statements?
Side One: List one example of a DEFINING QUESTION on your topic, and one example on a potential ANALYTICAL QUESTION on your topic.
Side Two: Do you have any lingering questions on topics and topic development?
Side One: a. In your opinion, which is the most important criterion in the C.R.A.A.P. test in terms of academic research. WHY?
Side Two: Still confused on anything? We are about to launch, so speak now before we take off to the next step!
Side One: Explain in your own words the benefit of Background Resources. In other words, how can they contribute to your research?
Side Two: Do you have any questions at this point?
Side One: The sources in your Works Cited list should appear:
a. in alphabetical order by authors' last name or by title (if there is no author)
b in separate subheadings according to the type of source.
c. first listed under those sources with authors, then those without
d. numbered in the order in which they appear in your paper
Side Two: Which statement is correct?
a. Titles of books should always be underlined
b. Titles of books should always be placed in quotation marks
c. Titles of books should always be italicized
d. Titles of books are italicized within the Works Cited list, but left unformatted within the body of your paper.
Side One: What is the biggest challenge you face when writing?
Side One: Identify 1-2 challenges of using Web sources for your research.
Side Two: Are you using Noodlebib to cite the Web resources you found? Why or why not?
Side one: Define the term "authority" as it applies to research. Do the same for "bias"
Side two: What is the most challenging aspect of Web research for you? Explain.