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... 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 »