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Critique an Historical Argument part of Activities
In this Critique an Historical Argument assignment students use an instructor-prepared rubric to assess the quality of an argument constructed by a class peer receive instructor feedback on their papers based on the same rubric and subsequently reflect on the research writing and evaluation process.

Chinese Culture: Art-work/Author Presentation: Interpretation with final Audio Podcast part of Activities
This semester-long four-part argumentation/interpretation exercise aims at practicing interpretation of literature, film, and art, and at improving students' public speaking and oral presentation skills.

Scientific Reasoning Assignment part of Activities
In these "Scientific Reasoning Assignments," students tie course concepts to real-world observations with emphasis on creating diagrams that illustrate the concept. A rubric is available to assess the student work and provide feedback to students regarding their proficiencies in several areas.

Women's Studies: Applying and Assessing Gender Theory part of Activities
For this "Applying and Assessing Gender Theory" assignment, students complete a sequence of assignments to demonstrate their ability to understand, to evaluate, and to apply gender theory. Goals for each stage of the sequence are stated in the rubric used to assess each stage.

Examination: Quantitative Thinking Question part of Activities
In this essay examination question, students integrate quantitative thinking skills with their ability to assess / make arguments based on material that they have learned during the semester.

First-Year Writing: Interview-Based Qualitative Research Report part of Activities
In this qualitative research report assignment, students design a research project, gather data through interviews, transcribe and share that data, and individually write up two versions of a research report (the second of which is twice as long and incorporates secondary sources).

Learning about Arguments by Making Arguments part of Activities
This is an activity that teaches basic argumentation skills such as generating and formulating claims, presenting evidence , oral and written communication.