Students learned both to learn and to communicate what they learned through group discussions and by delving deeper into their writings. This task was certainly easier said than done, but as student Brooke Hermann commented, “You write to educate yourself by making sense of your thoughts on paper. When I would write many of my papers, I would have more questions and found myself doing a lot of extra research and broadening my horizons.” Many other students had similar sentiments, citing that several assignments in specific stood out.
The documentary film “West of Memphis” was a very memorable piece for many students and they found themselves doing a lot of research to understand the context of the situation. Student Aidan Bridwell commented, “It was a really interesting documentary, but it was also really confusing at first. It took me some research and awhile before I was able to make sense of everything and write an essay about it.” This topic wasn’t only interesting to students as a topic of class discussion, but many found themselves talking to their other peers about it. With assignments such as this, students had to rematch the documentary and pick a stance to vigorously defend. It proved difficult with the convoluted storyline, but students prevailed in the end after a thorough drafting process and discussions.