Quick Write

What is a problem, local, personal, or national, that you would like to write about? Come up with a few.

Proposal Intro

Lets go over the proposal prompt for the first essay.


Lets come up with a big list of problems we can possibly write about.

Obstacles to Critical Thinking

  1. The topic is too controversial.
  2. The topic hits “too close to home.” Personal experience with topic.
  3. The topic disgusts you.

Begin Research

Begin researching the problem you are thinking of writing about. Find at least one source to use for your first essay that helps you to define the problem.

Do not assume that the problem is real! Question your assumptions and find proof from a reliable source.

Four Defining Traits of a Game

  1. Goal. The outcome that the players will work to achieve. It focuses attention and gives you a sense of purpose.
  2. Rules. Limitations on how to achieve the goal. It will unleash creativity and foster strategic thinking.
  3. Feedback System. Tells players how close they are to achieving their goal. Provides motivation to keep playing.
  4. Voluntary Participation. Requires that you knowingly accept the goal, rules, and the feedback. You have the freedom to enter and leave the game at will.

With these four ideas in mind, how can we apply this to this class and college at large?