Discussion-guiding guidelines, LJST 32:
On a given day, the two partners who have signed up for that day will collaborate
ahead of time on a five-to-ten-minute, informal presentation of three questions which
they feel will be useful in expanding our experience of the assigned text (these can
certainly be, and at least in part should be, questions for which they do not necessarily
have ready answers!). From there, as the whole class takes up the questions they have
posed, both partners will remain involved in responding to different arguments offered,
questions about the presentation, etc. The actual presentation of the questions and initial
discussion should be divided somewhat equally between the partners.
The presentation will be graded on the basis of the interest, conciseness and
novelty of the discussion questions for this course (e.g., do not pose questions that closely
resemble ones we have already addressed on a given text), and on the success of the
presenters in continuing to lead discussion. (Please note: regardless of which partner
presents which questions, responds to which points of discussion, etc., both partners will
receive the same grade.)
Partners must also bring a copy of their questions to hand in at the beginning of
class.