Response & Reflection
Reflect on your new learning:
- What does this mean to me personally?
- Where do these ideas fit in my reality?
The purpose of this assignment is for you to:
- Reflect on the meaning and importance of the course material from your personal perspective
- Apply the ideas to your own life
- Reflect on the potential impact of the learning on your own present or future behavior, attitudes and actions
- Engage in self-reflection related to the learning process
- Apply your learning through use of real-life examples
- Develop new ways of explaining ideas
- Enhance or expand on ideas
- Reflect on how the learning has affected you on a personal and/or professional level
- Demonstrate appreciation for alternative perspectives, finding some value in it, even if you do not personally agree with it entirely
Specific Question Prompts:
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- What did you know and/or think and how did you feel about this religion when you entered this course?
- What would you say are the three most interesting, important, and/or valuable things you learned here about this religion? Why did you find them interesting/important/valuable?
- In what ways has your learning here changed your understanding and/or perspective regarding this religion? (in contrast to your response to the first question, above)
- What lessons, values or insights can you take from this religion to inform your own life?
Suggestions to make sure you write the best personal response you can:
- Scan through what you have written to see where you have first person pronouns: I, me, my… If there are more than a few lines in a row that do not indicate such terms, then you have likely slipped too much into descriptive fact and away from personal perspective on the facts.
- Also look for terms like “because” that explain why you think or feel as you do about the facts. When you find yourself writing about what you find interesting, important or valuable, see if you have gone on to answer the question of why you find it so. Avoid trending off in the other direction to describe what it is.
- To get more depth of thought to your “because” statement, think about how the ideas, beliefs, values and practices of the religion might relate to your own life, your own worldview or religion, and/or those you observe in the world around you – imagine what it would be like to be following these ideas and values and how your life or that of our society might be different if we all lived this way.
What this assignment is not to be:
- a summary of the facts regarding the religion in question (rather than more personal in nature)
- an overly negative critique of the religion in question (discussing what is wrong with it)
- a personal testimony or something you could have written without benefit of your learning in this course – based entirely on prior knowledge and experience
- What if your study was on your own religion? I expect that there should be something new you have learned here – perhaps something about the history of your religion, or about other forms (denominations) of it, or simply having gained new insight or perspective on things you did already know. This new learning is what you should focus on.
Share your reflections on what you have learned about Hinduism:
- Questions prompts:
- 1.What did you know and/or think and how did you feel about this religion when you entered this course?
- 2.What would you say are the three most interesting, important, and/or valuable things you learned here about this religion? Why did you find them interesting/important/valuable?
- 3.In what ways has your learning here changed your understanding and/or perspective regarding this religion? (in contrast to your response to the first question, above)
- 4.What lessons, values or insights can you take from this religion to inform your own life?
- Write approximately 500 words
- Review grading rubric below and Response & Reflection notes above
Reflective Journaling Rubric
“A” quality papers will:
- Reflect a significant degree of new and/or deeper understanding and appreciation of the religion in question
- Clearly demonstrate deep personal impact and transformation from the learning process
- Demonstrate excitement about the content learned
- Reflect on several specific aspects of the content learned and on the overall topic in general
- Relate the content of learning to your personal or professional life and/or original observations of the world, life, and society in general
“B” quality papers will:
- Reflect a moderate degree of new and/or deeper understanding and appreciation of the religion in question
- Be somewhat superficial (lack depth of thought on aspects discussed)
- Be somewhat bland (lack the “excitement” factor)
- Be overly focused on a single aspect of the religion in question or be overly generic in nature, focusing on nothing specific about the religion in question
In addition, both A and B papers will:
- Meet or exceed the word length requested (header, title and restatement of question prompts will not count)
- Limit the amount of purely factual information (no more than 20% of the paper should deviate from personal reflection – quotes count as “fact”)
- Avoid excessive criticism and/or rejection of the religion being discussed
- Limit discussion based on prior knowledge (reflect on new learning from the course content)
- Display fairly decent college level writing skills (spelling, grammar, diction, punctuation, etc.)
Grade reduction for one or moreinfractions:
(-1 grade level)
(-2 grade levels)
(-3 grade levels)
(-4 grade levels)
Too short of requested word count
More than 10% short of requested word count
More than 20% short of requested word count
More than 30% short of requested word count
More than 40% short of requested word count (½ credit for ½a paper)
Too much fact(including quotes) in relation to personal thoughts
More than 20% mere description of facts
More than 40% mere description of facts
More than 60% mere description of facts
80% mere description of facts (redo) (½ credit for 100% facts)
Too much negativity (overly critical or judgmental)
More than ¼
More than ½
More than ¾
Too much focus on prior knowledge in relation to new learning
More than ¼ relates to prior knowledge
More than ½ relates to prior knowledge
More than ¾ relates to prior knowledge
100% relates to prior knowledge (redo)
Off topic/irrelevantcontentMore than 10% (resulting in less than 450 words on topic)More than 20%
(resulting in less than 400 words on topic)More than 30%
(resulting in less than 350 words on topic)More than 40%
(resulting in less than 300 words on topic) (½ credit for no more than 250 words on topic)
Too many composition problems
Serious and/or numerous composition problems that impede comprehension will receive 10% grade reduction
These infractions will be cumulative. If you have more than one of the above noted infractions, more than one letter grade will be deducted. For example: a paper that is 425 words and half fact will receive -10% for word length infraction plus another -20% for being too much fact in relation to personal reflection. If your quality grade to start is a A, the result would be a grade of D for the paper.
My evaluation of the quality of these papers is holistic in nature, resulting in an A or a B for overall content. If some aspects of the paper fall in the A range for quality and other aspects of the paper fall in the B range, whichever quality grade has more standards met, that will be the grade assessed or a borderline grade will be given
Once the initial quality grade is determined, any deductions for one or more infractions will be applied.