Students will write a short reflection paper of at least 1350 words each 12pt double space 1 margin conformed to

Students will write a short reflection paper of at least 1350 words each (12pt, double space, 1” margin, conformed to Turabian or to the style guide native to the student’s major field of study) reflecting on one of the texts we have discussed in the class. Students should avoid generic paper topics (i.e. “Plato’s Politics”) and strive to write a paper that explores the issue with significant narrowness, creativity and depth (i.e. “Responsibility and Plato’s Use of the Myth of Gyges”). Rather than attempt to reflect on an entire reading, students should pick one narrow theme within the text. These papers should take an exegetical approach – seeking ideas that emerge from the text, rather than plucking out ideas that seem to fit expectations and assumptions – to the readings, utilizing quotations and explanation to demonstrate both an engagement of the text and a thoughtful opinion on the thesis. External research is acceptable but not required. The best papers have a thesis that is abundantly clear, a progression of thought that is obvious and forecasted in the introduction, and a strong conclusion that gathers together the observations and arguments of the paper. Significant grading deductions will be incurred for spelling/grammar errors, improper documentation, etc. Papers will be graded according to the following rubric:
Papers will be graded according to the following rubric:
Grammar, spelling, sentence structure, readability, consistency of notations/spacing/pagination (20
%)
Careful engagement of the text(s) under consideration (20
%)
Logical connectedness of the paragraphs/points, visibility of a structure/outline, transitions between points/paragraphs (20
%)
Clarity of thesis, development and quality of argument, appropriate length/word count (20
%)
Strength of conclusions, scope of argument (20
%)

 

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