SE THE FOLLOWING FORMAT FOR YOUR “REFLECTION PRÉCIS”:
THREE PART FORMAT: Caption each part of your summary (PART I, PART II, PART III) so the grader is clear. Each part should be ONE PARAGRAPH; just transition between ideas.
PART I (SUMMARY): (worth 44%, 11 points; 1-1¼ pages) This section highlights the main points of the lecture/discussion/readings. Try to answer the following question: “What are the most fundamental points/ideas being discussed?” Try to have no more than 5 key points, no fewer than 4. Do not include many small details. It’s okay to use a few statistics, but the purpose here is to succinctly summarize the primary arguments put forth in the in the lectures, discussions, and readings. Write this section as though the reader has NOT attended class or done the readings. Refer appropriately to at least ONE AUTHOR BY NAME FROM ASSIGNED READINGS. The grader is looking at your presentation of the key points of the discussions and how well you review the material. Be sure to make each key point a complete sentence; otherwise, it won’t make sense to the grader and you’ll lose points!
PART II (PERSONAL REACTION): (worth 32%, 8 points; 2/3 – 3/4 of a page) This section involves a critical reaction and evaluation of Part I. React to and thoughtfully evaluate the basic ideas that you highlighted in Part I. Be sure to cover at least two or three main points. Take a stance. Which of the arguments make more sense? Are they logical? Agree, disagree, REACT! REFLECT! Please use “I statements” as this should be your personal reflection. Here the grader is looking for how reflective, thoughtful, questioning, & critical your response is. Does it appear that the student really understood and reacted to the material? Always tell HOW you feel about a certain issue and WHY you feel that way (provide a rationale/justification).
PART III (PERSONAL APPLICATION): (worth 12%, 3 points; 1/3 – 1/4 of a page) What was the one, MOST important, helpful, and/or interesting to you about these particular lectures/discussions? Why was this so? Cite the ideas/facts/data/event that meant the most to you and state why, connecting the material to your everyday life. Ask yourself questions such as: Has this new information changed me? How? Has it changed any of my actions/behaviors/thoughts in the present? Will this new information alter my thinking/actions in the future? How? Here the grader is looking at how well you connect with one aspect of our discussion/lecture.
Grammar, punctuation, spelling, and writing effectiveness is worth 3 points (12%).
*** This reflection precis has to be written on chapters 5-6 of Loewen, James W. 2007. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong. New York: Touchstone. (or 2008, The New Press) I would like to know if these chapters can be found online or if you have this book if not I will have to scan every page of the chapters and upload it. PLEASE let me know as soon as possible.
** Also I will be uploading a reflection precis as sample of what should and how each part should be. The sample precis is one page but for this precis order it will have to be two pages. Please follow order instruction and page length for each part as I have explained above. I received a 21.5 /25 on the sample precis please be careful with grammar and punctuations. I will also upload a rubric of the precis so please make sure you are including everything on it.