Journal responses are more informal than Reader Responses, and you need one per

Journal responses are more informal than Reader Responses, and you need one per every two weeks.
Remember:    chose ONE text from ONE author from each two week period and focus the entirety of your journal prompt on your chosen text.  These journals are personal reactions and synthesis of material; it’s too broad to include multiple different readings or authors.  Pick the one that impacted you, made you feel the most, or the one you liked best.- then explain throughout the journal entry WHY that is so because of how you answer the prompt(s).
Journals that fail to focus upon only one assigned Module’s reading will receive half credit.
Journal Prompt:
Answer all of these questions as you write your journal entries. Remember, do NOT summarize the reading; do not give a plot outline.
What is the reading about? Give the simple and most obvious answer.
What is the historical significance of this reading?  What is the societal significance of this reading?
Does the meaning of this reading change through the years from the time it was written until now? How so?
What did you understand most about this reading?  What was the easiest meaning to infer or part to understand?
What did you understand least about this reading?  What was the hardest meaning or part to understand?
What is the most important statement in the reading? Quote it if short, summarize it if long. Explain your choice of most important statement.
What word, not in the reading, would you say best explains the reading? That is to say, how would you ‘tag’ this reading in a one-word adjective. Define this word in your own words and explain your choice.
Eng 231 Journal guidelines/reminders
Good grammar, spelling, and punctuation are always appreciated when possible.
Avoid summarizing class discussions or doing Internet research. Your own thoughts are more important than researched information.  Respond, analyze, but don’t summarize.
Try to write about 3/4 of a page to a full page for each journal entry, depending on your handwriting size.
Engage with the prompt in a detailed way. For instance, give examples and specific reasons for your reaction to a reading. It is not enough to say “I liked it” or “I didn’t like it.” You must tell specifically why and give examples from the reading.
Try to give specific details or short quotes from the reading rather than making generalizations. When in doubt, write a short quote from the reading in your journal and then tell why you, for example, found it hard to understand, or why it helped you think about something in a new way.
You may consult your textbook and a dictionary when writing journal entries!

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