SS400 Senior Seminar
REFLECTIVE PAPER ONE – GUIDE SHEET: “Two Persons I Would Like to Have as Mentors/My Story”
1. From your text 131 Christians Everyone Should Know, select two people whom you would consider to be exemplary faith role models/leaders. In a 1-2 page reflective (“Two Persons I would Like to Have as Mentors”) essay, explain why you would choose these people in terms of the kind of person you would like to become.
2. As you organize your thoughts, here are some questions for you to reflect on:
Why did you choose this person? What qualities, character and contributions make him/her exemplary in his/her Christian faith?
It is evident through the examples in our text that the world’s standards of success are often different than God’s standards. Consider: Were there any specific worldly obstacles this person overcame (economic, social, educational, etc.)? How did God bless them?
Give at least one example of something that your role model learned in or from his/her education in a specific academic discipline which the role model used in a positive way later in life to bless other people—i.e., in a way that would be in accord with biblical principles about how we should treat each other. (Be sure to include at least one biblical verse in support of this analysis.)
In what specific way does this person’s life challenge or inspire you to fulfill EC’s mission statement, “to become a Christ-like disciple who integrates faith, learning, and living for an effective career, scholarship, and service.”
How will you specifically prepare to be an effective “world-changer?” Consider any future education, additional training, career, family, church involvement, etc. and whether or not you have any worldly obstacles to overcome.
3. As the final phase of this project, reflect over your past history at Emmanuel College as a student and person in the collegiate community. Write a 1-page reflective (“My Story”) essay describing how you have grown and changed as a person during your collegiate career. (Possible aspects of your personhood you might discuss could include the following: spiritual growth, academic growth, social growth, time management growth, world view evolution.)
4. Assessment: The essay will be graded on grammar, punctuation, and content.
REFLECTIVE PAPER TWO – GUIDE SHEET: “The World View Beneath The Life of _____________”
1. From your text 131 Christians Everyone Should Know, select a person whose world view you are going to describe in 1-2 pages. Make sure that you do not just describe biographical or interesting things about the person, but that you do an analysis of their world view. It is very likely that you will have to go to the library to read additional material about your chosen person in order to complete this assignment.
2. Review the material in the SS400: Reading Resources describing the nature and uses of world views. (pp 5 ff, pp 33 ff and elsewhere)
3. After a brief introduction, describe various features of their world view. As you read the Galli text, you likely will not find a direct discussion of the person’s world view. But you can ‘read between the lines’ to see what were the driving, foundational assumptions about life held by the person? Specifically, how would you answer some of the following questions for this person:
(a) What significant events or influences shaped the persons life and beliefs?
(b) How would the person respond to basic questions of life (p. 6)?
WHO AM I? Or, what are the nature, task and purpose of human beings?
WHERE AM I? Or, what is the nature of the world and universe I live in?
WHAT IS WRONG? Or, what is the basic problem or obstacle that keeps me from attaining fulfillment? In other words, how do I understand evil?
WHAT IS THE REMEDY? Or, how is it possible to overcome this hindrance to my fulfillment?
(c) What are the foundational beliefs of the person relative to three basic questions for a person’s world view? (pp 6-7)
(1) How do I know? What are my presuppositions on the source and basis of my beliefs? In what way is God and scripture the center of my knowing?
(2) What do I think is real? What are my presuppositions concerning what sorts of things are real or exist?
(3) What things are valuable? What is valuable and meaningful in human life and behavior?
(d) How comprehensive and consistent is the world view? Did the person compartmentalize or unify their beliefs for the whole of their lives?
4. Assessment: The essay will be graded on grammar, punctuation, and content.
ORAL PRESENTATION – GUIDE SHEET
Develop a biblical evaluation of your own personal world view and present it during a 7-minute speech using MS PowerPoint (PPT). (Per the evaluation/revision principles being taught through the institution’s Composition Culture Quality Enhancement Plan, this oral presentation will serve essentially as an early “stage” in the writing process for the Analytical Research Paper for this class. You will be expected to use the comments given by your professor on your speech to improve the presentation of your world view in your essay.)
As you prepare your speech, read the attached Oral Presentation Rubric (the form used to determine your grade). It tells you exactly what your instructor is looking for in your presentation, i.e., what you need to do. Consider it your presentation checklist.
During your presentation, you are required to use MS PowerPoint (PPT) to reinforce your main points and final thought as you share your world view with your group. Your PPT may also include other pertinent information, quotes, images, etc. We suggest using 3-5 slides total.
(To brush up on your PPT skills, use the Help menu in PPT or use this free online tutorial:
Here is a suggested outline to follow as you create your PPT and present your world view:
· Clearly present each of your four main points, analyzing your world view (see below for details).
· (Remember to use transitions and summaries.)
Analysis of your world view should identify all four of the following main points:
The presentation of your world view will be graded on how well you follow the Oral Presentation Rubric (below) as you address the four main points/questions listed above. The rubric measures the following goals established for EC’s Liberal Arts Core for speeches: Competently prepare and deliver oral presentations on assigned topics using a variety of speech styles, using appropriate language and delivery techniques, using correct speech components, and incorporating visual aids and technology in a credible manner adapted to a target audience. (The attached rubric offers more detail regarding these goals.)
ANALYTICAL RESEARCH PAPER – GUIDE SHEET:
From your text 131 Christians Everyone Should Know, select a person whose world view you think would compare/contrast well with yours. In a 4-6 page research essay, compare/contrast the selected persons world view to your own in detail, concluding with a biblical evaluation of your own world view. Analysis of both your world view and the selected person’s from 131 Christians should identify all four of the following components:
In order to answer these questions regarding the world view of your selected person from 131 Christians you will most likely need to do both primary (reading works by the selected person) and secondary (reading works about the selected person) research. In addition to references to 131 Christians and the bible, your works cited page should contain at least two other research sources.
This essay will be graded on how well it addresses the content requirements listed above as well as on how well it meets the following goals established for Liberal Arts Core compositions: Write essays which contain focused thesis statements, logical organization, coherent and specific support, appropriate consideration of purpose, evidence of audience awareness, effective word choice, grammatical correctness, and academically suitable research which is properly documented. (The attached rubric offers more detail regarding these goals.)