Reflection Assignments

Format and Criteria

For your assigned reflection, please read the articles/webpages and watch the videos that are linked to your reflection topic.  The links associated with each topic are found below.  

After engaging with the provided materials, please write a reflection in the following format:

  • Begin your reflection with a brief paragraph highlighting/summarizing the main theme(s) or the thesis of the article(s) or presentation(s). This paragraph should also share what about the provided material grabbed you. Try to keep this paragraph as brief as possible – maybe only one or two sentences on the main thesis/theme and one or two sentences on what was most interesting about the material.
  • In the next few paragraphs, tell us why that part of the readings or presentations grabbed you. What were you thinking about as you read/watched it? Of course, it would be nice if you had positive thoughts, but that is not always going to be the case. If the readings or presentations frustrated or angered you, you can write about that. If you found yourself wishing the articles or presentations would talk about something else or present the material differently, write about that. As you read or watched, what experiences did you think about?
  • In the final paragraph, what is your take away from the content you discussed? Will you do something different? Is there something from an article or presentation you will try to remember as you move forward? Maybe the readings or presentations reinforce something you are already doing? The last part of your reflection should summarize how the information in the article(s) or presentation(s) will be (or already are) a part of your life. It may be helpful to answer the question, “what will you do differently or think about differently based on this reflection?”

Note: The reflection prompt for Civic Service is unique. A full description of the format of the Civic Service reflection is provided below.

Reflections will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • The reflection should be a minimum of 500 words and no longer than 700 words.  
  • The reflection should demonstrate that the student critically engaged the provided materials.
    • Accurate description of the theme/thesis of the provided materials.
    • Robust discussion regarding the parts of the provided materials that were most interesting.
    • Identification of a new (or renewed) commitment to an action or way of thinking in response to the materials provided. 

Any reflection that does not sufficiently meet expectations will be considered incomplete and will be sent back to the student with directions for resubmission. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Resolution Center for Student Conduct and Conflict at resolutioncenter@gonzaga.edu or 509-313-4009.


Prompts 

Benefits of Failure

Please read the following articles and view the following videos. After engaging with the provided materials, please write a reflection following the format above.


COVID-19

Please read the following articles and webpages.  After engaging with the provided materials, please write a reflection following the format above. 


Civic Service 

After completing the full requirements for civic service, please write a reflection in the following format: 

  • Begin your reflection with a brief paragraph highlighting/summarizing the type of work/service you did. Try to keep this paragraph brief – maybe only two or three sentences describing what you did over the course of your service. 
  • In the next few paragraphs, tell us how the service opportunity impacted you. What were you thinking about as you served? Why did that aspect of the service engagement stick out to you? Of course, it would be nice if you had positive thoughts, but that is not always going to be the case. If the service frustrated or angered you, you can write about that. In these paragraphs, you are to unpack the service opportunity discussing your thoughts and emotions and discussing the how your service has made a difference (or not) in the lives of anyone connected to the service experience.
  • In the final paragraph, what is your take away from this experience? Will you do something different? Is there something you will try to remember as you move forward? Maybe it reinforces something you are already doing? The last part of your reflection should summarize how the experience will (or already has) become a part of your life. It may be helpful to answer the question, “what will you do differently or think about differently based on this reflection?”

The reflection will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • The reflection should be a minimum of 500 words and no longer than 700 words.  
  • The reflection should demonstrate that the student critically engaged the provided materials.
    • Accurate description of the theme/thesis of the provided materials.
    • Robust discussion regarding the parts of the provided materials that were most interesting.
    • Identification of a new (or renewed) commitment to an action or way of thinking in response to the materials provided. 

Community Impact & Restorative Justice

Please read the following articles and view the following videos. After engaging with the provided materials, please write a reflection following the format above. 


Cura Personalis

Please read the following articles, websites, and documents and view the following video.  After engaging with the provided materials, please write a reflection following the format above. 


Fire Safety

Please read the following articles and websites. After engaging with the provided materials, please write a reflection following the format above.


Forgiveness & Reconciliation

Please read the following article and website and view the following video. After engaging with the provided materials, please write a reflection following the format above.


Integrity & Authenticity

Please read the following articles and view the following video. After engaging with the provided materials, please write a reflection following the format above.


Theft & Vandalism

Please read the following articles and websites. After engaging with the provided materials, please write a reflection following the format above.