Construct an open-ended question (see How to Ask an Open-ended Question
handout) to ask your peers about the literature you read in the class.
Avoid asking closed-end questions that require a “yes” or “no” answer.
The question should not be overly broad or too general, but focus on
specific literary conflicts, techniques, or themes.
In your initial post, please also share what you learned by reading your
peers’ posts throughout the class. Review your initial response to the
Clugston (2014) quote from Week One: “[T]here’s a powerful curiosity
about human relationships and how to cope in the world in which we find
ourselves” (section 1.1, “Connecting: Entering Into a Literary
Experience,” para. 2). Based on what you learned about literature, what
has changed? How will these changes impact your perspective on
This exercise will allow you to engage in a discussion you create with
your peers. It also helps you to ask your own questions about
literature, which can serve as a gateway to initiating critical
analysis. Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length. The
minimum word count does not include references.