How to Ask an   Open-Ended Question

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Reference the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

Forming   Questions Based on Critical Reading


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Prepare: Prior to beginning your initial post, read the handout, How to Ask an   Open-Ended Question. In addition, review your initial   response to the Clugston (2014) quote from Week One: “There’s a powerful   curiosity about human relationships and how to cope in the world in which we   find ourselves.” (Section 1.1, para. 2).


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Reflect: In this discussion, you will reflect on what you learned   in the course by practicing the skill of asking an open ended academic   question. This exercise will allow you to engage in a discussion you create   with your peers. It also helps you to ask your own questions about   literature, which can serve as a gateway to initiating critical analysis.   Think of an open-ended question about literature that you would like to ask   in order to challenge your classmates to reflect more deeply. Also, reflect   on your initial response to the Clugston quote.  How have your feelings   about literature changed or remained the same?


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Write: Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length.   The minimum word count does not include references.

  • Construct an open-ended        question (see How to Ask an        Open-Ended Question handout)        to ask your peers about the literature you read in the class. Avoid        asking closed-end questions that require a “yes” or “no” answer. The        question should not be overly broad or too general, but focus on        specific literary conflicts, techniques, or themes.
  • Share what you learned by        reading your peers’ posts throughout the class.
  • Discuss your initial response        to the Clugston (2014) quote from Week One. Based on what you learned        about literature, what has changed? How will these changes impact your        perspective on literature?


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Respond to Peers: Respond to at least two of your classmates’ initial posts   by Day 7. Each response should be at least 75 words in length and you should   attempt to answer the questions posed by your classmates. Additionally,   reflect on how you and your classmates have progressed throughout the course.   Also note similarities or differences you see between how you and your   classmates respond to the Clugston quote now versus at the beginning of the   course.

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