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I ask my students to develop titles that point to their own personal insight and that do not simply repeat or paraphrase the essay assignment.

The purpose of this page is to collect a few examples of actual student titles that will show what I mean.

Confucianism vs. Eastern Religions

The essay assignment (with one sentence highlighted in bold)
Use material from the Analects of Confucius and from Judging Religions Justly, show how a Confucian would judge the essential ideals of the other three main Eastern religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism).
This is a formal essay, not a reaction paper or a creative writing paper. Write about the four religions and the topic in the third person (he, she, it, they); do not write about yourself or about the process of writing the essay. Be sure to give your essay a title that calls attention to the central theme of the paper--your own personal judgment on what the readings say about these four religions.
The essay is about the religions, not about you--but the essay will express your understanding and judgment of the readings.
Use many quotations & paraphrases from both sources. Provide page references both for quotations and for paraphrases. This is how you demonstrate that you have done the required reading.
Repetitions of the topic
A Confucian Perspective on Middle Eastern religions
The "Middle East" is that part of the East which is close to the West (Europe). The "Middle Eastern" religions are in fact the three Western religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The "Eastern religions" in the assignment, as shown above, are Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism. Those are "Far Eastern" from the standpoint of the West.
Confucians Realize How They Compare
Looking at Eastern Religions as a Confucian
Confucian View of the Right Way
A Confucian Reflection of Other Eastern religions
Understanding the Differences in Eastern religions
The Analyzation of Eastern Religions from a Confucian perspective
An Evaluation of the Eastern Religions from the Standpoint of Confucianism
Confucianism Compared to The Other Main Eastern European Religions
"Eastern Europe" is Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Albania, etc. Hinduism and Buddhism are from India, the Asian sub-continent, and Taoism is from China, on the Asian mainland.
Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism
Comparing Confucianism
Confucianism and the Other Eastern Religions
Confucianism -- Great Differences with the Other Three Main Religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism
Confucian and Eastern Religions: Different is Better
Confucianism in the Three Main Eastern Religions
The Way of Confucius
Confucius' Views on Eastern Religions
Confucianism: The Outsider of the Eastern Religions
Some semblance of an idea
Confucians Hate All Eastern Religions
The Simple Life
Sticking to What Can Be Put into Words
The Balance of Morality, Structure, and Happiness
Almost an idea
Why Confucius' Idea of Restoring Harmonious Social Order Clashes with Other Eastern Religions
This does take a view--that Confucianism is quite different from the other Eastern religions. That is good. But it does not give any clues about what the answer is. Why do the ideals of Confucius clash with the ideals of the other religions? That is a good question! Think of a good answer, and PUT THE ANSWER IN THE TITLE!
"Focusing on the Here and Now Blocks Concern for There and Then."
"Peace Now; Enlightenment Later"
"All We Need is Jen"

Buddhism vs. Eastern Religions

Bad titles

These titles are just a repetition of the assignment. They give no clue whatsoever to what the author THINKS as a result of doing the assignment.

View the World Through the Eyes of the Buddha
No title
Religion tree
Concepts and truths compared through religions
Basic Ideals Reflect throughout main Eastern Religions
View from the other side of the river
What would Buddha do?
We can all have what the Buddha had
What it means to be happy
The distinguishing methods of Buddhism
Buddhism is the Key
How the Essential Ideas of Hinduism, Confucianism, and Taoism Would Be Judged by Buddhism
A View of Popularized Eastern Religions
Varying Paths of Maya
A Buddhist Judge
Different Branches of Religion
A Buddhist Look at Eastern Religions
Eastern Religions from a Buddhist Point of View