What kinds of assumptions do you want students to recognize with regard to this issue or in their approach to the problem?
- None needed
- Student's personal bias
- Predominant Cultural biases
- Awareness of views of different sub-groups
- Awareness of evidence
- Different theoretical frameworks
- Limits or constraints to the observation of the problem or issue
- Awareness of credibility of sources
What do you want students to do with their recognition of assumptions?
- Explain relevance
What kinds of supporting evidence is appropriate
- Personal anecdote
- Researched materials
- Internet materials (limits?)
- Scholarly periodicals
- Popular culture materials
How do you want students to use their evidence?
- Summarize to compare it with evidence from other sources
- Synthesize evidence from various sources to support generalizations and prove a point
- Extrapolate issues to draw conclusions (inductively or deductively).
What do you want the student to do to conclude the assignment?
- Summarize main points
- Consider personal implications
- Consider social-cultural implications
- Give the reader instructions or directions for additional thought or action
- Draw plausible connections which support larger principles or theories
What rhetorical (communicative) mission does this piece of writing have?
- To teach
- To persuade
- To entertain
Who is the intended audience for this piece of writing?
- Peers, friends, family
- Professional in the field
How long should the piece of writing be and how does this length support the assignment?
- 1-2 pages
- 3-5 pages
- 6-8 pages
- 8-12 pages
Additional Details to consider:
- Formatting requirements
- Number of expected drafts or options for revision
- Opportunities for extra-credit
- The appropriateness of group work
- Would the assignment be better if given in parts or stages?
- Are there activities that could accompany the assignment?