Reflection 2 - Of Particular Interest
We have now moved into discussing specific topics within the broader discipline of Human Geography. Review the lessons that have been available to you so far, as well as the associated textbook material. Is there something in particular among those topics, concepts, theories, et cetera that we have covered that particularly caught your attention? Include the following content in your reflection.
- (1 point) A creative title for your reflection.
- (4 points) Describe the concept, theory, map, or other issue in your own words. Be sure to identify all of the relevant details, including any or all of the following (if applicable):
the setting (that is, the location),
the people involved,
associated events, circumstances, or situations, and
how this topic (concept, theory, map, or other issue) is geographical in nature, given your understanding of the geographic perspective that we discuss in Lesson 1 and in Chapter 1 of your textbook.
- (4 points) Explain why the concept, theory, map, or other issue caught your attention; in other words, what are the reasons why you found it particularly interesting or attention-grabbing. Then discuss how learning about said topic ( concept, theory, map, or other issue ) has affected your worldview and, more specifically, how your perception and understanding of it has evolved after becoming more geographically informed (that is, reading the course materials to date).
In addressing this, be sure to make clear and specific connections with and references to the course material. In this part, it should be obvious to your instructor that you have read the material and gained knowledge.
- (4 points) Conclude your response by discussing any personal connection to the concept, theory, map, or other issue, and how a greater understanding and knowledge of it could benefit you in the future. Perhaps you never considered the topic before now, or maybe you have a background, interest, or pre-existing knowledge in the subject area. In this last part, you should draw a conclusion to your writing while sharing your thoughts and reflections.
Two points out of the total fifteen points for every journal entry are allocated for quality of writing and grammar.
- Essay should be 400 to 600 words, typed, double-spaced.
- Essays should clearly answer the assigned questions.
Guidelines For Constructing a Well-Written Reflection
Although reflections are somewhat less formal other types of writing assignments, they are still an academic exercise. All written work in this course should form a coherent narrative, use complete sentences, be grammatically correct, and scholarly in tone. Here are few guidelines to help you construct well-organized, well-written reflection.
- Look at the assigned topics early so that you have it in the back of your mind while working on the course material.
After reading a lesson or text selection, spend some time jotting down your reactions, ideas, and responses to the readings. Consider specific elements, examples, or experiences you would like to include in your reflection.
- You do not need a formal thesis statement, but making your central idea clear early on is important. Your first sentence should say what you are going to say in the rest of your entry--think of it as a main idea sentence or the main point of your writing.
- Be sure you introduce any other new ideas with a topic sentence. Follow that sentence with information or evidence (taken from the texbook, outside sources, or your personal experiences) that justifies your opinion, reflection, criticism, or agreement.
- Re-read your reflection before submitting it to check for grammatical/spelling errors, concise writing, and a coherent argument.
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