Book review: Personal Response and Small Group Meeting

 

America’s War on Sex by Marty Klein, PhD
OR
Come As You Are
by Emily Nagoski,PhD
OR
*The Guide to Getting It On by Paul Joannides, PsyD
Choose which book you would prefer to read. Complete the form (in class) and sign up for a small group meeting by the identified deadline. Groups list –with meeting date, time & place will be posted on canvas. Read book and complete #2 so you can submit hard copy at your small group meeting date (#3).
Write a paper in three sections. A. Identify two specific concepts/passages/topics/issues about which you want your best friend to know. Do not summarize the text, but use your voice to recount and teach to your bff. You are welcome to quote and follow APA format, but it’s not necessary. It’s your voice
I prefer to read. Label this section of your paper, “I want you to know” and it should be 2 pages minimum. B. Discuss THE most important take-away for you. This should be different than what you told your bff or perhaps relate it, but this section should not be a repeat. Address something specific or in general relating to or prompted by the book that (a) impacted you personally…both your emotional and intellectual selves. Then write about (b) how and (c) why THIS impacted you. Label this section of your paper “I got tweaked when…” and it should be 2 pages minimum. C. Offer ideas for addressing your take-away (B.) in the general population / larger culture or you can choose a specific population (athletes, middle school students, parents, etc). Your approach might be an ad campaign, legislation based, altering medical practice, reorganizing a department, creating an organization, pertain to parenting or school programming, etc. The ideas are as imaginative and creative as you choose them to be. Label this section of your paper “Here’s what I think we should do…” and it should be 2 pages minimum. In sum: this is your opportunity to express yourself by teaching someone you care about, identifying something you care about, and then critically thinking through and offering some pro-active ideas for the masses. I expect your response to be genuine, reflective, relevant, and your own work. All sections of the paper will be typed, double spaced and 12 point font. Use college level writing skills.
Small group will meet one time for 1.5 hours. Each group member is to identify and present on their respective paper (#2). After a paper is presented, the group will discuss, and members will have an opportunity to react/respond, share and/or commiserate. The same respect and “love in your heart” attitude we have in our classroom, as well as sense of appreciation and value for others’ thoughts and feelings, is required for an effective, mutually beneficial small group experience. The Group Facilitator will have a sign-in sheet. Tardiness or non-attendance or rescheduling will result in a loss of points.
Copious notes will be taken by a Group Member during meeting. Decide who with your UA Group Facilitator at the beginning of the meeting who will do this task. Each group member’s name should be typed at the beginning of the doc along with the title of the book, date, time and place. Email to richelle at frabotrr@miamioh.edu at your small group meeting end. Label these notes “Small group discussion rocks!”.
UA Group Facilitator will collect group members’ papers + sign in sheet in 1 folder. The outside of the folder should have the title of your group, the book title, date, place of meeting, Group Facilitator’s name and each group members’ name.

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