Students are to submit their journals four times during the semester. Students are to write at least two paragraphs for each of the reading assignments, in which they comment on the readings. Please include the assigned reading dates and topics for each journal entry when submitting.
Your journal entry can be relatively informal; that is, you may simply explore your response to the reading and include some of your personal reflections on it. I am not looking for a summary of the material; rather, I am looking to see your engagement and understanding of the readings by your comments. A good place to start would be to simply determine whether you liked/disliked/agreed/disagreed with the content, then to elaborate on your judgment by explaining why you responded in this way.
Make sure you use EACH approach at least once. That means you will have used all THREE approaches, you see below, in your journal entries. In other words, after reading a journal reading, choose one of the three styles below and respond in your journal. Then, the next journal reading you read, you will choose a different style to respond, and so on. That way, I will see you have used all three styles, at least once.
The three different response styles are listed below:
1. Personal Reaction
A. Complete one of the following statements by referring to a particular incident in the reading.
1. “I was struck by_____________”
2. “I was confused by___________”
3. “I was surprised by___________”
B. End your journal entry with a detailed explanation of your statement.
2. Parallel Story
A. Tell your own personal story that was triggered by the reading.
B. Include events and experiences that were either similar to or different from
the reading, and explain how your story and the reading are related to each
C. End your journal entry by stating the theme/moral/lesson learned from your
3. Double-Entry Journal (What or Why Questions)
A. Draw a vertical line down the middle of your journal page to create two columns.
B. In the left column, keep a running list of “what” or “why” questions that occur to you as you are reading.
C. When you are finished with your questions, go back to the top of your list and answer your questions as completely as you can in the right column. (If you don’t know the answer, take a guess!)
D. End your journal entry with a significant discovery about the reading (“I discovered that_____________”)