Ritical Reflection Essay on Martin Bubers I and Thou

On Writing the Critical Reflection Essays

Theology is done not in isolation, but in a community of conversation. This will become abundantly clear in our class sessions as we participate together in conversation. These conversations (should) take place according to certain rules: sympathetic understanding of what another is saying, followed by ones (now informed) response to that other where points of agreement and disagreement are offered according to sound reasoning. This is, in turn, followed by oneas own further thought on the matter to which others then respond, and so on.

I mention this because you should think of your critical reflection essay as a?a conversationa? with the author; only here your conversation becomes more formalized.

1. An accurate summary of the authoras main points and themes (no more than one-third of the paper)
2. A critical analysis of these points (e.g. a reasoned argument about their relative strengths and weaknesses)
3. Your further understanding of the matter(s) the author addresses.

Please note that the bulk (2/3) of your paper is critical analysis and reflection. DO NOT simply summarize the authoras points. You are not writing a book report, but a critical reflection based on the authoras points.


Grading Rubric
Critical Reflection Essays
Grading Scale (1~5)

Accuracy of summary (does the student convey the ideas of the author correctly?)

Well-reasoned Agreement/Disagreement (does the student provide sound logic in evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the author?)

Well-reasoned further thought on the issue(s) the author addresses (does the student offer any further understanding on the matter based on sound reasoning)

Well-organized paragraph structure (does the studentas essay conform to proper standards of an essay where the paragraph is the basic unit of analysis and reflection?)

Correct spelling, punctuation, grammar and syntax