Submitted by Elaine E. L.-N. Liu / Utica University on Fri, 06/30/2023 - 11:25
My Notes

Guided literature reading of Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 13065-13072: Stabilization of the Elusive 9-Carbene-9-Borafluorene Monoanion.

There are three components of the assignment:

  1. Pre-reading and ‘confidence building questions’ to prepare students for reading the article;
  2. Guided questions to help students work through section-by-section and understand the content of the paper;
  3. In-class guided discussion of the article’s scientific content, with tie-in to a broader discussion of the objectives in writing and publishing scientific articles.
Learning Goals
  1. Students will develop a strategy for reading scientific articles, and will gain confidence in their ability to read and understand primary literature. 

  1. Students will analyze the individual sections of a research article to better understand the significance of each section to the overall paper. 

  1. Students will learn to interpret data to draw conclusions. 

  1. Students will relate concepts of Lewis acidity/basicity, electrophiles/nucleophiles, and chemical reactivity. 

  1. Students will gain familiarity with current problems in chemistry and how researchers are developing solutions.  

Implementation Notes

We recommend giving all students pre-reading questions & discussing these questions before students read the article (short in-class discussion >10 minutes).

We recommend giving students 1 week to read the article and complete the assignment. Assignment questions can be divided among students/groups of students, rather than all students answering all questions.

After students complete the assignment, we recommend holding structured group discussion to hit on ‘big picture’ ideas in the Post-Discussion section (approx. 1 hr)

Time Required
One class period (50-75 minutes) and one week for students outside of class.
Evaluation Methods

Graded questions (homework questions, key provided)

Participation in in-class discussion

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