Research/Reflective Writing Assignment will be assigned graded based on a rubric that looks for addressing the questions (see below); depth of understanding the reading material, use of technical information, language use, and overall synthesis of content.

It needs to be about Biotechnology and Horticulture: their relationship with each other, research about them and personal experience with them (what did you learn)


A reflection based on a reading consists of your analysis of your reactions to the reading: what it made you think about; whether it helps you understand or be able to explain some aspect of your own life or the life of someone else whom you know well; does it relate to an event that has been in the media recently? Did it make you research further because it was so new, interesting, exciting, or complex? You may also discover that you find yourself writing on how a particular reading opened up your thinking about writings on the same topic by other authors. Reflective thinking demands that you recognize that you bring valuable knowledge to every experience. It helps you therefore to recognize and clarify the important connections between what you already know and what you are learning. It is a way of helping you to become an active, aware and critical learner.

To think and write reflectively you have to:

  • Experience something
  • Think about what happened
  • Learn from the experience



Use the APA (American Psychological Association) style – NO MLA.  This is a science class not humanities.

Length – 4-5 double spaced pages of text (not including graphics, cover page, appendices, or reference/citation page).

Margins – 1 inch top, bottom, left, right

Cover Page – in APA style (which should include your name, course and section, date, my name. The title should give your audience a good idea of what your paper is about – not tease your audience.