critical thinking questions. These questions represent some of the most important concepts presented by the author. Each student will respond to (at least) one of my questions (at least) one time. Responses will vary vastly. Students may also respond to each others’ thoughts (but this must be done with respect and understanding). Each question is an essay topic in itself. Therefore, none can possibly be addressed in a sentence or two. Each requires a carefully formulated response. Hasty replies will not receive a favorable grade. Posts will be checked for plagiarism.
Students will then post their own question. This demonstrates the student’s ability to understand and connect with the text. Students will model their own questions on mine. Each student-question should provoke thought and be a debatable topic STRICTLY connected to the text. (Off-topic question or responses will not receive credit).
The average student-post is a full, edited, thought-provoking paragraph. Simplistic answers to complex questions will receive lower grades than responses and questions that are genuinely thoughtful, philosophical, and analytical. Less than a full paragraph will typically receive a considerably lower grade since it will contain fewer thoughts, ideas, and analysis.