"Elements of Religion"

Team Activities

Writing Assignments

Extra Credit


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Application Exercises for Teams

TRAs prepare students to take part in application exercises in their teams, which guide the team in analyzing the assigned primary sources as evidence of the cultures that produced them. Each application exercise asks teams consider how the different elements of religious life influence one another, both positively and negatively.

To prepare for each application exercise, in addition to reviewing the primary source reading in depth, you must

(a) take note of the exercises's focus, posted in the on-line schedule for the relevant day, and then

(b) bring with you to class a full page of notes addressing the focus of the exercise, as reviewed in class.

IMPORTANT: students who attend the application exercise without notes will receive only **HALF CREDIT** for the team's score.

Your page of notes should have

  • the focus statement copied at the top, followed by
  • 3-5 points or passages from the source, each marked with a page number.

You may use or adapt the OPTIONAL "Preparation for Application Exercise" worksheet (PDF | MS Word) if you find it helpful.

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