Reflective writing prompt

In his 1982 bestseller about the American space program, appropriately titled Space, James A. Michener says, “People make themselves capable.”

You could use that quote to introduce an end-of-course writing prompt.

Discuss how Mitchener’s observation that “people make themselves capable” was/was not illustrated by your own experience in this class.

In preparing to write, think about these questions:

  • What does it mean to be capable?
  • How is being capable different from anything with which it might be confused?
  • Of what, if anything, did you become capable during this course?
  • If you developed some capability, how did you do that?
  • If you didn’t develop some capability, why did you not develop capability?
  • Do you think your experience with regard to making yourself capable is similar to or different from that of your peers in this class?