Mini-Essays (or Thought-pieces or Journal Extracts)
The goal of mini-essays (200-400 words) is for you to weave the course material
-- readings, activities, homework tasks -- into your own thinking, and for this
to help you bring your own thinking back into class activities. Although I
will suggest some possible topics for the mini-essays, the choice of topic is
open as long as it meets this goal. Write as if the audience included your
peers as well as me.