Cleveland Museum of Art
Field Trip Reaction Paper
21 March 2006
- Writing down our reactions to an event helps us to be more attentive
to what we think and feel about it.
- The field trip involves a number of experiences which may evoke different
feelings for different participants.
- Mulling over your feelings and thoughts will help you to sort out
the religious, social, and cultural "rules" which you take for granted,
or the ideas you thought "everyone knows."
- This makes it possible for you to evaluate critically those assumptions.
- FOR WHOM?
- the process is to help you uncover your own assumptions about
the Biblical text and the history of that era
- the product is for your classmates and instructor to share your
Go to #4. If you have trouble there, come back to this section and prepare
to write by brainstorming on the following
- What did you expect to see & hear during the tour?
- What did you actually see and notice?
- What were your surprises and insights?
- What unique features of the Ancient Near Eastern or Roman World did you
discover (or re-discover) through this field trip?
- What connections do you see between your discoveries and the course material
so far (esp. the readings)?
- What further questions did this experience raise for you?
- Choose one of the unique features or one of the connections you noted
- Decide why you think this is the most significant insight from this
- Then begin to organize the data from #3 to support your contention.
- Your actual paper will follow the basic three-part formula:
Introduction, Body, Conclusion.
- the Introduction will include two things:
- Your thesis concerning the most significant insight
from this tour, and
- The basic outline of how you will demonstrate this
- the Body is where you lay out your argument, step-by-step,
showing your audience why your thesis should be upheld
- Include details from the experience and readings
- Show why this one feature or insight is essential
for understanding the content of this class
- the Conclusion contains two (or three) things:
- Your summary of how you have established your thesis,
- At least one further question you would like to investigate.
- If you choose, you also can include a prediction of further
effects of the experience on your thinking and/or behavior.
- Footnote your sources (follow the Chicago Manual of Style,
not MLA nor APA)
- When referring to text books, the author's name, short title, and
page numbers will suffice
- For web sources, be sure to cite your access date and time. If you
already have cited the main address in the prior note, you need only
include the sub-address for subsequent notes (e.g., .../vjt/bread).
- Please use a 10-12 point font; a printout should have one-inch margins all around.
- LENGTH? If submitted via hard copy, two double-spaced pages
maximum. If you submit an html file, your paper may be somewhat longer
to allow for any images you use.
- EVALUATION? See
here for grading protocol.
NB: "Prepare" means just that, get your ideas
together so you can organize them in a coherent paper as described in #4. It does
NOT mean that you should be throwing all these things into the paper itself.