Assignment Library Tag: Arts and Humanities

The Eloquent Letter

Description Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” The Eloquent Letter is an authentic, adaptable assignment for acquiring critical skills: identifying and researching social problems, examining value systems and diverse perspectives, communicating effectively, and proposing solutions based on common ground. Moving beyond traditional argumentation essays and debates, this project situates activism and writing “in… Read more »

Heritage Minute Assignment

Description In this assignment, students analyze a Canadian Heritage Minute (explained below) as a situated claim about Canadian identity. They are responsible for determining what the Minute is trying to say about Canada, and identifying what aspects of the event/topic were left out to make this claim. The goal is for students to understand that… Read more »

Applied Learning in Ethics: Analyzing an Issue of Personal Significance

Description This assignment involves application of skills and knowledge related to ethical reasoning, and could also be used to assess ethical reasoning outcomes related to decision-making.  The associate’s level ethics curriculum at Golden Gate University aims to prepare career-minded, adult students (the average age of our students is 34) to treat more specific ethical problems… Read more »

Identifying Universal Themes in Film: Christian Allegory in Martin McDonagh’s in Bruges

Description This assignment asks students to deal with the main ideas of Christian allegory by writing a short paper exploring the characters and plot of renowned Irish/Anglo playwright and Oscar winner Martin McDonagh’s first full length film, In Bruges as a contemporary Christian allegory.  Lecture, discussion and handouts provide support for this assignment, which is… Read more »

Literary Analysis Research Essay

Description This assignment is an 8-10 page literacy research and argument essay, standard at most universities. It requires the use of at least eight outside, scholarly sources. Students work on the assignment throughout the term, and it serves as their culminating assessment for English 104, the second course in a two-course composition sequence. Background and Context This… Read more »

Designing an object of play

Description Small groups of students combine theoretical knowledge of play and practical skills such as 3d printing in the making of a toy or game. The object of play is then presented in a “sales pitch” format, which requires students to articulate the considerations that went into their design and manufacture process. The presentation occurs… Read more »

Gender in a Foreign Culture Assignment

Description ​This assignment is designed to provide a rigorous semester-capping research and writing experience in a second-semester freshman course on writing, gender issues, and research methods. More specifically, it aims to engage students in a comparative analytical study of social and cultural traditions, problems, and forms of progress in a foreign society. Background and Context… Read more »

Drawing Exhibition: From Local to Global

Description Students plan and prepare a public juried art exhibition of their drawings of a local historical site.  Their drawings must depict both the contemporary and historical meaning of the site. They also write informational and explanatory text panels to accompany the exhibition. The text must explain what the historical site means to the individual… Read more »

Library Research Tasks for the History Major

Description This is the first of a five-part competency-based learning program for the CSULB history methods class that serves as a gateway to upper-division coursework.  The five modules (lessons) were developed to introduce students to the terms, concepts, and research methods of historians. Background and Context This is the initial module (lesson) in a five-part… Read more »

Design and Build a Musical Instrument

Description The “Design and Build a Musical Instrument” project represents both an individual and a group project. Each student is to design and build an instrument that is durable, audible, and attractive. This instrument is accompanied by a paper describing the physics concepts related to creating the instrument (e.g., length of strings, placement of holes,… Read more »