Reflective Essay - a piece of writing
worth 10% of your overall course grade
In your reflective essay, which will be graded holistically using
the criteria listed below, you should address at least 4-5 of the following
questions about your project:
- What did you learn about women's work in the long nineteenth century?
- What did you learn about the process of researching and writing about women's
work in an interdisciplinary way?
- What did you learn about writing for a website audience?
- What did you learn about interpreting visual culture documents?
- What did you learn about teaming to do academic research and writing?
- What contributions did you make to the team's integrated product (i.e.,
to the shared aspects of the product), and why were your contributions important/helpful?
- What contributions do you think your team's product, as a whole, makes
to the study of (or knowledge about) women's work in the long nineteenth century,
- What would you do differently on future occasions involving any of the
elements outlined above (e.g., interdisciplinary scholarship, teamwork, writing
for new media)?
- What challenges did you face in carrying out your part of the project work,
and how did you overcome those? What are the implications of that process
for future work you may do in other courses or for research of your own?
- What skills have you developed or refined through work on the project,
and why are they important?
Your essay should be around 3-4 pages double-spaced. You should
include an introduction and a conclusion. In addressing questions from the list
above (or similar ones that allow you to reflect on your learning and its significance),
be sure to provide specific details and examples to back up your generalizations
and to polish your style and editing. The essay will be evaluated on these criteria:
- Content in line with the requirements
- Adequate detail and effective organization
- Skillful editing
- Effective style, including polished sentence structure, word choice, and