Engagement with the MaterialThis was assessed by the followingHow well did you respond to the three questions:What is religion?Did you provide a definition of religion and explain the benefits and limits of this conceptualization What is Native American Religions?Did you at least discuss in detail:HabitationExchange/gift economiesHow does one study religion?Did you at least discuss one of the following?CollaborationObservationDescriptionEthnographyAnthropologySociologyetc.
Clarity Was there a clear thesis statement?Was the paper well organized?Did the paper respond clearly to the three questions?Did the paper synthesize course materials and personal reflections providing cohesiveness?
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Grading Scale from Syllabus• A is 12-15 points• B is 8-11 points• C is 4-7 points• D is 1-3 points• F is 0
Syllabus on Clarity• The viewpoints you present in your writing must be clearly conceived and well argued. Your writing style should be straight- forward, easy to read and should be clearly related to the issues you wish to address. Topic sentences at the beginning of each paragraph are helpful in establishing the issue and argument for the reader at the outset.
Engagement with the material.• Entries are to be related to the reading material. They are not reviews of what has been stated in the book but are your critical analysis of the reading. Avoid direct quotes. Instead seriously take-up what you consider to be the ‘key’ issues for the study of religion in the reading. An analysis of the issues discussed in the course become clearer the closer your writing is to the texts used in class.
Creativity• The ‘work’ of Religious Studies, and perhaps the Humanities in general, is essentially creative. Interpretation of religious phenomena requires that you come to some meaningful relationship with your object of study. This is one of the defining characteristics of creativity. You have a unique and important contribution to make to our collective understandings. There are no predetermined experts in the area of interpretation, only well refined and well argued positions. Your interpretations will be dealt with as importantly as you regard them yourself.
Writing PromptYou will write a 3-4 page paper (750-1000 words) address threequestions; What is religion? What are Native Americanreligions? How do we come to know or study them? I will beaddressing these questions in class lecture over the nextweek. Also, read the Preface and Introduction of "IndigenousReligions" to get more ideas on how to address this paper.It is to follow the standard essay format of introductoryparagraph, followed by examples and discussion and then finallya concluding paragraph. You should cite page numbers in thetext and if you bring in outside information that should beproperly cited.