Blitz Thesis

Overview: Students respond to a quote by and formulating for and against arguments on the spot. 

Goals: Encourages students to develop mental agility by constructing arguments quickly and helps prepare students for exams.

Procedure:

  1. The instructor gives students a question or a quote from an author.  For example, this activity was done with two quotes from George Decker and Carl von Clausewitz.  
  2. Students are prompted to argue in favor or against.  They write for 5 minutes and lay out an argument, give three points, and then conclude.  
  3. Their writing is not collected or discussed.   

Comments: This activity develops quick analytical thinking and writing.