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Scholarship on a Stick

Over time, students become more and more familiar with reading scholarly sources, particularly in their majors. While learning to read closely and critically is a valuable skill, so is being able to clarify concepts and extract main points and the real-world value of research. Have 

Four Moves and a Habit

Introduce Mike Caulfield’s “four moves and a habit” heuristic for quickly assessing sources encountered in daily life before spending time critically reading any one source, impulsively liking or sharing a source, or going down an endless rabbit hole to figure out what’s accurate. The moves 

Lateral Reading

Collaboratively map responses to a timely and relevant news event by reading laterally (quickly seeing how an event or topic is covered by multiple sources to see the range of approaches). On the board, construct a map or chart of various ways news organizations and/or 

Analyzing Memes

A 2018 study of college students’ news-reading habits found over 80 percent encountered political memes and considered them a valuable part of understanding the news. Have students choose a political or social meme and write an interpretation that contextualizes, interprets, and analyzes the rhetorical aspects 

Argument is Not Just About Winning

In a culture saturated with talking heads debating one another, sometimes resorting to “alternative facts,” and when proponents of extremist beliefs urge the curious to “research it yourself” once they’ve populated YouTube and the web with material that supports their fringe ideas, the idea of 

Take Out Menu

When students arrive at Gustavus, they need to become familiar with the campus and with being college students. Once they choose a major or two, they learn how a disciplinary community approaches ideas. But they need to know more than that. As free human beings 

Learning to Read the Field

As a department or program, think about how and when students learn how the literature of the disciplines works. Strategies for reading the literature: have a department/program discussion about how and when students learn how to parse scholarly texts. Include how to skim, how to 

Your Voice Matters

In the context of the course, ask students to write down a short statement of opinion about something related to the course and/or something in the news. Have a discussion in which they compare their ideas to those of other students. The practice reading laterally 

Exploring the Library Without Tears

Libraries can be intimidating. Here are a couple of ways to break the ice while setting up a low-stakes writing or speaking activity. Goldilocks goes to the library: try out three different places in the library to sit and work on homework, visiting all three 

Me, Myselves, and I

Part of the first semester experience involves self-representation and identity. If you want students to think about their identity formation and the kinds of code-switching we all do, moving from one situation to another, ask students to create a photo diary of a day in