Blitz Theses

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

Goals: 

  • Develop students' mental agility for analytical thinking 
  • Train students in concise argumentation
  • Help students review course material 

Class: Any 

Procedure:

  1. The instructor gives students a question or a quote from an author or figure related to the course material.
  2. Students are prompted to develop an argument for or against the position. They outline an argument in 5 minutes, providing 3 supporting points and a conclusion. 
  3. Instructors can decide whether students keep their arguments to review independently or submit them for feedback.