(You may substitute any text for the one given. Also, your objectives might differ according to the focus of your class.)
To help students understand the General Prologue by asking them to write thoughtful responses to a prompt and to other students’ responses to that prompt.
Students should have already read the General Prologue.
What is Required of the Instructor Before the Class Meets:
Segment #1 of the assignment: Begin with a general introduction to the Prologue.
Segment #2: Design a prompt that you would like your students to respond to. The nature of a listserv accommodates short responses. A short essay question format would translate well here. Post that prompt to the listserv.
Segment #3: Demonstrate how to use the listserv. If your students are already familiar with e-mail, this should not pose a problem. They will simply use the “reply” function in their e-mail account. This instruction may be more difficult if your students have not previously had e-mail accounts and if you have no computers in your classroom. A written instruction sheet, including how to use an e-mail account would then be necessary.
Segment #4: Have students log on to e-mail and respond to the prompt. You may ask them to then respond to the ideas of one or more of their classmates. When asking students to do so, however, consider the size of your class. Students may not wish to read fifty responses to the prompt and may not wish to have their e-mail accounts flooded with such responses. Consider also how the volume of writing increases in general. Will you as the instructor want to read one hundred responses to a prompt? If you are grading their participation in this assignment, you’ll have to at least have a look at them all.
For next time, students will need to:
For next time, the instructor will need to: