I’m finishing up my syllabus for the intro to Christian Scriptures course I will be teaching in the Fall. The blank that remains is exactly what the writing assignment will be. While I do have a few ideas of my own, I’m asking for your suggestions, to see what is out there.
Here are a few specs on the course to help guide your suggestions:
*The course is largely lecture-based, with 60 Baylor freshmen enrolled.
*The writing has to be minimal (for their sake and for mine!).
*At present I have 4 separating writing assignments on the dockett, each running about 3-4 pages (750-1000 words).
*I want it to be something that will force them to think and engage the material. Yet something still manageable for a room full of freshmen, only 2 of which are religion majors (and if they knew as much as I did when I became a religion major, let’s just count them as non-majors!).
*These are NOT research papers. Just assignments to help them think on the material and to help refine their writing.
A favorite of some that I know has been to write a reflection on a biblical text in relation to a movie (the Matrix trilogy is verboten!). While I don’t love this assignment personally, it forces them to think. Still wrestling with it.
So, what do you suggest? Four separate assignments, roughly 3 pages each. I eagerly await your insights!