sample assignments

A ‘Hipster’s’ Introduction to Religion

In “A ‘Hipster’s’ Introduction to the Study of Religion,” Nathan Loewen talks about his approach to teaching REL 100 and the academic study of religion: My class sessions are structured as active learning based critical inquiries into how public and scholarly discourses deploy grammar and terms to frame “religion,” where examples from the everyday interact with those

Modern Binaries

In his post “This Modern Life,” from Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy, Russell McCutcheon recalls teaching a lesson on binaries and how his students came to recognize their own cultural, historical, and linguistic categories: Of course, such an analysis isn’t possible without using binaries of our own — we’re all swimming in the soup

Teaching with Guided Readings

by Andrea Barton, Department of English Introduction From my perspective, a guided reading exercise is any reading assignment that is teacher-annotated. In other words, this is a reading assignment that contains either brief or developed comments, questions, brief explanations, or other such teacher-input that students should encounter while they read. This input functions much like