What to include in your Reflection and Analysis Papers In the Reflection and Ana

What to include
in your Reflection and Analysis Papers
In
the Reflection and Analysis Paper, you will discuss your personal thoughts
about and responses to the assigned readings for the unit (which are listed on
your course outline and available in the Primary Resources folder of each
learning module). Please include all of the following sections in each
Reflection and Analysis Paper:
Reflection and Analysis Paper 2 will focus on Unit 2 “Histories and Legacies” (BASED ON THESE ARTICLES YOU WILL FIND ATTACHED – I`M ALSO ATTACHING AN EXAMPLE OF HOW THE ASSIGNMENT SHOULD BE DONE)
– Twin-Spirited woman
– Scientific Racism and the Emergence of the Homosexual Body
1a)
Choose a short quotation (minimum 1 full sentence, maximum one short paragraph)
from one of the assigned readings in each of the two weeks in the unit
you are reflecting on. In
other words, select two quotations in total, one from each of the two weeks in
the unit. Choose passages that you find particularly interesting or thought
provoking or challenging or disturbing or illuminating. Include the two
quotations you have chosen, with an in-text reference for each, in your
Reflection Paper.
Then
explain why you chose each quotation. What
did you find interesting/compelling/challenging/disturbing/ illuminating about
each passage? Please be specific. (3 marks)
b)
How do the two quotations you have chosen relate to one another? How do they
relate to the theme or focus of the unit? Please explain the connections you
see and be specific. (2 marks)
2)
Describe your emotional reactions to each of the passages from the readings
that you quoted in question 1 – and/or to the articles as a whole. How do you feel about each quotation/article? (Some
options are intrigued, uncomfortable, surprised, pleased, displeased, angry, inspired,
defensive, disbelieving, or impressed – but there are many valid feelings. The
key is to become aware of your own emotional responses.)
Next
briefly explain why you think you
feel the way you do about these passages. In other words, identify and analyze
the source(s) of your emotional responses. What factors do you think influenced
your emotional responses to these passages?
Please
be as specific as possible and remember that this question is about feelings rather than thoughts (you discussed thoughts in your
response to question 1). (2 marks)
3)
How do the quotations (or issues raised in the articles) you have chosen to
discuss relate to your personal experiences outside this course?
How
could you use what you have learned
to your life outside this class (your social circle, family, work, other
classes…)? Again, please be specific. (2 marks)
4)
What part(s) of these readings are you still confused or unsure about? What further
questions do you have about the topic/issues addressed in the readings or in
the unit as a whole?
If
you can’t think of a question, please identify some aspect(s) of this
topic/issue you would like to learn more about.
As
always, please be specific. (1 mark)
You
are welcome to comment on other aspects of the class (discussions, videos,
exercises, assignments), but your mark for each Reflection Paper will be based
on your answers to the questions above.
Tips
for writing excellent Reflection and Analysis Papers
Ø Make sure you
include full quotations (don’t start or stop mid-sentence), in quotation marks.
Include the author’s last name and page number(s) after every quotation. Use
APA in-text format: (Author’s last name, date of publication, pg. #). E.g.:
(Fausto-Sterling, 1993, p. 40).
Ø
Avoid
choosing a quotation from the first paragraph – or the first page – of the
article. Read the whole article before you make your choice.
Ø Don’t worry
about using a formal writing style. Use your own words and a relaxed,
conversational style. Do write in full sentences and paragraphs. Also, please
refer to the articles’ authors by their last names or their first and last
names, but not by first names only.
Ø
Do
check your spelling and grammar and make an effort to express your thoughts and
ideas as clearly and accurately as possible. Editing and proofreading can help
you clarify your viewpoint. If you are submitting an audio file, you might find
it helpful to do a “practice” recording and then listen to it to make sure you
have expressed your ideas as clearly as possible.
Ø Discuss (and
think critically about) your own position on these topics and issues. Do not
make unsupported or vague claims or judgments. It’s not sufficient simply to state an opinion;
explore and explain why you have that opinion. What experiences have shaped your
views on the issue? Be aware of the biases that influence your own perspective,
as well as the perspectives expressed in the course materials.
Ø Avoid imprecise
or “fuzzy” thinking. Be specific. Give
clear examples. Do not overgeneralize (i.e. don’t blame “society” or other
abstractions. Try instead to pinpoint specific elements of particular cultures,
institutions, or belief systems).
Ø Try to empathize
with people who are not like you. Make a conscious effort to think about the issue
from a number of perspectives. Try to imagine what’s going on for people
directly affected by the issues and questions you’re considering. Also, don’t
assume these issues do not relate to you. Look for connections.
Ø Be aware of and
thoughtful about the language you are using – including pronoun choices. Avoid
making assumptions about how others identify. If you don’t know and can’t find
out which pronouns someone you are writing about uses, “they/them/their” are
appropriate
gender-neutral
options.

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