Principles of Successful Group Work
C. T. Evans
Here is a sample, ten-step process aimed at preparing
good group papers.
- Say "Hi" to everyone.
(That means get in contact with everyone quickly and stay in contact.)
- Select someone to write everything down, i.e., to keep track of the tasks to be accomplished.
- Recognize any applicable time limit.
- Brainstorm ideas; list everything; work fast. (Be sure that
everyone contributes to this discussion.)
- Organize your ideas; don't jump to conclusions too quickly.
- Develop a thesis.
- Write your first draft.
(This is a good time to send to your instructor for some feedback)
- Proof, critique and revise. Don't assume a group
consensus exists because no one has opposed an idea or offered an alternative. Check
agreement with each group member. Divide up tasks: someone to double-check fottnoted evidence and quotes; someone to check that organization matches thesis points in intro; someone to check for spelling and grammar; someone to read from the end of the paper to the beginning, yes, backwards.
- Final draft ready?
- Submit and present to class.
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