Teaching Activity Collection
These activities have been developed or adapted by Carleton faculty. For many more assignments from multiple disciplines, see the SERC activity collection. These assignments are presented in a common format so that other educators can make use of them more easily. Faculty are invited to submit activities to the collection at any time.Help
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Comparing Journalistic Reports to Primary Sources of Research part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
A set of three short writing assignments were designed to encourage students to think critically about the way that scientific research is reported by the popular media and the reasons that research may or may not be reported in a way that could be construed as misleading.
Exploring an Architectural Remodel part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
An assignment that requires students to explore a remodeled architectural site, to update the original blueprints with accurate new plans based on their own measurements, and to propose viable possibilities for future reuses of the structure.
Utilizing Numbers in Reading and Writing about Socially-Conscious Literature part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
This activity introduces the students to the usefulness of quantitative material in studying and writing about socially-conscious literature.
Counting Grizzly Bears: An Exercise in Historical Reasoning part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
This assignment engages students in an environmental history class in the use of quantitative data, and raises questions about the nature and meaning of that data, and how it might be utilized.
Comparison of GDP and the Human Development Index (HDI). part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
This assignment exposes students to data on economic growth anddevelopment as commonly measured by per capita GDP and the HumanDevelopment Index (HDI) for 100 countries of the world. There is a bigdebate about how good an indicator HDI is compared to GDP per capita asa measure of development.
Quantitative Review of an Article part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
Students will read an academic article critically and write a review of the article.
Writing about Numbers We Should Know part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
This opening assignment for an introductory quantitative reasoning course asks students to write about "Numbers We Should Know." Its goal is to help students begin to think quantitatively, evaluate the sources of quantitative information critically, and write using numbers precisely and thoughtfully.
Exploring Economic Inequality with Data part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
This set of assignments exposes students to data which can be used to analyze economic inequality in international and historical context. Then students are asked to generate a thesis-driven argument drawing supporting evidence from one or more of the data sources.
Goldenrod Gall Flies: Writing a Lab Report in the Form of a Scientific Paper part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
Students collect protein electrophoresis data comparing goldenrod gall flies, analyze class data, and write a lab report in the format of a scientific paper.
An exploration of spring systems: Asking and answering quantitative questions part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
Laboratory activity on springs and simple harmonic motion that encourages creative development of experiments and clear presentation of quantitative results in the form of a memo.