Syllabus & Schedule
Wife of Bath
12. Play of Mnkind
Twelfth Night 2
An Age of Irreverence
Rape of the
Writing Journals: FAQ and Instructions
most readings in this course, there's a journal assignment.
What's the point of a journal?
Journals help understanding.
Journal writing about our reading lifts the information from the
written text and runs it through
our brains, where it may stick as memory. (It translates the reading
into our own words, which also helps our memories--at least if our
words are accurate.) Was the reading vague to
you? Summarize it in a journal entry. Did you understand the reading
but fail to see its importance? Compare and contrast it to other
readings in a journal entry. Journaling forces our attention on the subject and allows us to
interpret it, to discover what it may mean to us. Do not expect
success every time, but always work to be successful.
A series of journal entries makes a record that can be
reviewed later to refresh and strengthen our memory. Keep all of your
journal entries on one computer file so that you can easily find them
and review them later in the course. You may want to look at
the final writing assignment of the
course before you begin keeping your journal. If you write the journal
entries with the final course assignment in mind, you will be very
for that assignment. (See
for the assignment.)
How long should each journal entry be?
After you have read all of the material for a lesson,
and after you have taken the quiz, write
about the reading in your journal for most of an hour--or longer, if you have
time. Take time enough to get beyond present distractions and really
concentrate on the subject. (It takes me 10 or 20 minutes, sometimes
even longer, just to find the mindset to begin writing
intelligently.) Try for a minimum of 500 words, but 1,000
words are better.
What should be in a journal?
First, write a summary of what you have read. The more
detailed your summary is, the better the source will stick in your mind.
You can summarize the reading overall, or, if you prefer, you can
summarize a small piece
of the reading, such as one aspect, theme, character, or episode.
if there's time after the summary has been written, write about what
the reading seems to mean or how it relates to other readings. If
you are stuck for a topic, answer one of the instructor's questions
from his web page.
How should the journal be posted in the course?
help from SLN.
1. Keep your journal using Microsoft Word or any other
software that allows you to create "rich text format" files
(files with filename extensions .rtf). Be sure your name appears in
the journal heading.
2. When your journal entry is complete, save the file as an
rtf document. In most word processing software
programs, you can make rtf files by selecting the "save as" option, then
picking rtf from the list of filename extension options. You will now
have two files on your drive or memory device: the original one you
created and the rtf copy. If you have a problem with this procedure,
3. Open a
browser window to
Angel at TC3.
then open the "course
in the course.
the lesson page for the lesson that you have journaled about. At the
bottom of the page, write your name in the text box. Hit the "attachment"
button and search for your journal rich text file. Upload your rtf
file by double clicking on it in the box and then hitting the "submit"
6. Take a look in the course to be sure that the file was
transmitted successfully. If your document does NOT appear, then post again.
7. Watch for Dr. G's evaluation of your journal to be
published within 24 hours or so. Written feedback will be provided,
along with a grade. If you don't understand the grade or the comments be
sure to ask the instructor.
How should the journal be
kept through the course?
of your journal writing together on one file. To begin a new journal
entry, open the old journal file, and edit it. By keeping all
entries together on one file, it will be much easier for you to find
your records and to read through them.
Copyright 2008 by Gary Homer Gutchess