Discussion Essay Samples:
Discussion Essay Requirements:
[NOTICE]: This discussion essay requirement and grading information supplements the official syllabus.
- Each week, students prepare an ONE critical question of their OWN on the assigned readings, AND explain why you choose it or why it is important to ask.
- It should be a question format, not a summary of the reading, and be at least one (5-7 sentences) or two paragraphs in length.
- Extremely short or illegible writing will receive a lower grade.
- You MUST type your question and discussions on the discussion template.
- Students are expected to submit their written question at the beginning of each discussion meeting.
- [WARNING]: There is only one-week grace period (following T, TH, or F) for any late paper, which will be accepted at a lower grade. Any late paper beyond that period will not be accepted.
- You must use the official discussion template.
- Download and type on the official discussion template.
- Print and submit a hard copy to the instructor.
- [WARNING] No email submission will be accepted.
- [WARNING]: Intentional and repeated failures to follow this requirement will result in point deductions.
- If you encounter any problem with using the template, you should consult with the instructor and ask for help.
- Your discussion essay should start with a question and then should be followed by discussions.
- The question should be directly related to the main theme of the reading, not on the movie or lecture materials.
- Ask your question only on the Sources Section of TTP (not on the setting, investigation, and conclusion sections). For instance, try to avoid a question like “explain how the four different excepts relate to the time in history in which they were published” that only covers the Setting and Investigation Sections of TTP.
- Please, check out my website to view both good and bad examples of question essays, but a bad question essay typically has the following elements: a factual, simple question; a question not directly relevant to the reading; a Short summary of the reading, without any interpretive element.
- This assignment will count for the 20 percent of the total grade.
- Your first essay on TTP Ch 1 will be an exercise. You will receive feedback from the instructor.
- Other essays are worth ten points.
- The instructor uses a numeric point system.
- If your essay presents a thoughtful, critical, or interesting question AND discussion, you will receive ten points.
- If your essay presents either a good question OR discussion, you will receive nine or eight points.
- If your essay is good overall but short (less than one paragraph), you will receive seven or six points.
- If your essay discusses issues outside of the main theme of the reading, you will receive five or less points.