ASEM 2696: Communication & Adoption Introductory Essay
Assignment Description: In this assignment, students invoke practices of self-reflexivity (i.e., a deeper process of reflection that involves examining one’s own thoughts, feelings and actions and their impacts) and meta-cognition (i.e., a critical awareness of a) one’s thinking and learning and b) oneself as a thinker and learner). Indexing self- reflexivity and meta-cognition, students reflect upon and write about what they know and feel about adoption coming into the course. Importantly, students do not do outside research or read course materials prior to completing this essay. At the end of the quarter, students return to these essays to assess the knowledge they have gained form this course, and how this course has challenged them to think differently about their identity(ies), relationships, community(ies), family(ies), and/or adoption in the broader U.S. or international context. Formatting expectations: 2 pages of double-spaced text with 1” margins and page numbers, using 12 pt. Times New Roman Font, plus title page (no page number). Formatting expectations: 2 pages of double-spaced text with 1” margins and page numbers, using 12 pt. Times New Roman Font, plus title page (no page number).
1. Tell me about what you know, think, and feel about adoption coming into this class. (expected length: one-page double spaced).
a) To answer this question, rely solely on your pre-existing knowledge and feelings of adoption. Consider reflecting upon adoption coverage in the media and pop culture—magazine articles, newspaper articles, books, celebrity news, TV shows, feature films—Or stories you have heard about adoption told by friends, family, or community members—Or your own, friends, or family members’ lived experiences of adoption.
b) It does not matter where the information comes from, the important part of this essay is just to write what you know, what you think, and what you feel about adoption coming into this class.
2. Reflecting on the ASEM 2696 visual model of student learning, describe to me what do you expect to learn from this course, how it might challenge you to think differently about your identity(ies), relationships, community(ies), family(ies), adoption, and/or family in the broader U.S. or international context. (expected length: one-page double spaced).
a) To answer this question, you are expected to spend time with the ASEM 2696 visual model of learning. This graphic provides an overview of the course, painting a picture of what the course looks, and showing how course topics and assignments interrelate.
b) Then, inferring from the information communicated through the model and integrating what you wrote about in Question 1, answer Question 2.
Grading Rubric (45 points in total, broken down as follows) 1. (15 Points) Context and Purpose of Assignment:
Degree to which the essay demonstrates a thorough understanding of the context, audience, purpose, and the assigned task(s) of the assignment
2. (15 Points) Development of Ideas:
Degree to which the essay demonstrates a thoughtful, evidence-based, and organized approach to answering the two prompts
3. (15 points) Grammar, Mechanics, and Style: Degree to which the essay demonstrates an engaging and consistent style and voice, free of errors in grammar and mechanics, and adheres to length and formatting expectations
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