One-Minute Papers

Essential Details

Interaction Type People Time Stakes

✖ Learner-to-Learner




 With Others


✖ Synchronous


✖ High-Stakes


Ask students a question that recaps a student's understanding of a lecture or week's content. You can use index cards, half sheets of paper or leverage an Online Assignment to capture the responses of 2 or 3 questions. As it should take students one minute to write, it is not a comprehensive evaluation.


Sample Prompts

Choose two or three prompts for your one-minute paper prompts:

  • What was the most important thing you learned today?
  • What was the most confusing topic today?
  • What important question remains unanswered?
  • Without looking at your notes, what was most memorable or stands out in your mind about today’s class?
  • Looking back at your notes, what would you say was the most stimulating idea discussed in today’s class?
  • In your opinion, what was the most useful idea discussed in today’s class?
  • During today’s class, what idea(s) struck you as things you could or should put into practice?
  • What example or illustration cited in today’s class could you relate to the most?
  • Would you agree or disagree with this statement: . . .? Why?
  • What was the most persuasive or convincing argument (or counterargument) that you heard expressed in today’s discussion?
  • Was there a position taken in today’s class that you strongly disagreed with, or found to be disturbing and unsettling?
  • What idea expressed in today’s class strongly affected or influenced your personal opinions, viewpoints, or values?
  • What did you perceive to be the major purpose or objective of today’s class? 
  • What do you think was the most important point or central concept communicated during today’s presentation?  
  • What relationship did you see between today’s topic and other topics previously covered in this course?
  • What was discussed in class today that seemed to connect with what you are learning or have learned in other courses(s)?

Sample Form of a One-Minute Paper:

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Bloom's level

The level indicates this activity’s place within Bloom’s Taxonomy of learning (Cognitive Domain). Higher-levels contains lower-levels within it.

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First Remember




  • Canvas Discussion
  • Canvas Assignment

Teaching Goal

The one main teaching goal for your activity

Check for Understanding