SMC103Y1 December 3, 2009
How do I answer a question well?
Every question will ask you to speak to a passage or term with some understanding
of context and some understanding of development of ideas. This is what it’s
responding to, this is what it’s related to, this is when it occurred. How do I get
context? Think about how you situate it within some grand narratives, the whole of
the development we’ve been studying. The syllabus helps identify these more
whole ideas through titles for each set of readings per week. Reading guides fill out
a greater detail on key terms. Lecture minutes give a narrative of what has been
happening. The Hughes text gives a context for the material as well.
The essay questions will be the broadest questions to be addressed. You will be
studying for term and passage identifications to help answer these more open
ended questions. They will ask to trace a particular development that is treated in
some detail in lectures, and in primary and secondary readings. On each reading
guide, there is a section of For Your Reflection, and each of those questio