discussion preparation notes,” which focus on a topic or a theme from the reading assigned for that week. The notes are informal but must consist of hand or typewritten observations, thoughts, questions, comments, comparisons, controversies, criticisms, reflections, etc. that impress you, that you consider worthy of discussion, or that you would like to know more about. The notes must not be simple reading notes or reading summaries. Instead they must reflect your thoughts or interpretations of the readings.
Rules For Preparation Notes:
- No bullet points. Write using proper grammar and spelling, in complete sentences and paragraphs.
- No summaries. I have already read the reading assignments and know what it is in them. I want you to tell me your thoughts on the readings, reflections, insights, questions, criticisms, etc.
- Preparation notes do not have to be comprehensive or cover all of the readings assigned (although you must complete all of the assigned readings). You can select one of the readings as your focus or even a passage from one reading and focus your notes on that. However, if you wish you may write on any or all of the assigned readings for that particular week.
- The notes should be 1-2 pages in length, hand-written or printed, single or double-spaced.