Sociology courses have topics that are taboo, disturbing, offensive and controversial. SOC 212 (Gender and Society) students read "If Men Could Menstruate" by Gloria Steinem. Students tend to get defensive and miss the important point on power in society. On average 50% of the students would be defensive in the discussion responses and miss the importance of the article. I decided to rewrite the directions for the assignment so that students would focus on critically thinking as sociologists. The directions were edited and 5% of responses were defensive and missing the point instead of 50%. In other words, 95% of the students showed critical thinking after the directions were rewritten. I have attached the assignment. The added directions are in red as they are in red in the actual assigment. Please note that I have been using these new directions for six semesters and have had this improvement in each of the semesters. Sometimes a simple edit in the assignment can make a difference.