Journals

For each journal entry, write for the full time allotted to you. You will have time out of class to finish your writing, but try to be complete and focused during the in class writing time. Support your claims with specific evidence.

J1 (week 2): Summarize Le Guin’s explanation of “Father tongue”-what is it? how does it work? against what is it juxtaposed? Then, consider in what ways our course blog participates with and/or resists the father language. You may choose to recall past writing experiences to help underscore your meaning.

J2 (week 3): How does Gladwell define activism? How are social media networks not conducive to activism? Choose one point (claim) that Gladwell makes, and then offer your own rebuttal or support. Use details from the essay and from your own experiences to support your claims.

J3 (week 4): Your journal this week will be the notes you take during your group’s discussion on the following: Note Le Guin’s use of sources. From whom does she quote? In what areas are they experts? How does she use the sources? Does she use them primarily as narrative, as counter arguments, as points to refute other voices? Does she follow any particular model of source integration? How do these sources interact with one another? With Le Guin’s purpose/argument?

J4 (week 5): In Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language,” identify at least one use of his appeal to ethos, logos, or pathos. Explain how the appeal functions–pay attention to word choices. Evaluate the effectiveness of his use of one of the appeals to audience as it supports the overall purpose/thesis of the essay.

{Journal Check 1 is Wednesday, September 21. Make sure all of your journals are completed and bound in a two-pocket, three-brad folder–your hardcopy portfolio for the semester}

J5 (week 7): On page xiv of his introductory essay to Pale Blue Dot, Sagan writes, “This zest to explore and exploit, however thoughtless its agents may have been, has clear survival value.” What, for Sagan, is that value? (Cite from the text as appropriate.) To what does Sagan allude with the qualifying statement “however thoughtless its agents may have been”? How does this brief statement complicate Sagan’s claim?

J6 (week 8): Make notes on the following–Working from the premise that Wilson’s “Apocalypse Now” is a Rogerian argument, reverse engineer the essay to determine the different components  to understand the elements and goals of this kind of argument.

J7 (week 11): Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, writes, “Everything eventually gets remixed. But then again, that’s what this is about.” For your journal entry, respond to a line, claim, passage of Miller’s–”remix” it, if you will, thinking about other topics, ideas, themes we’ve run across in this class, or that appear in “Yet Do I Wonder.”

J8 (week 12): What are the thematic, topical, and rhetorical differences/similarities between Abbott’s “Notes on Becoming” and either “Yet Do I Wonder” or “Identity Tourism.” Explain your reasoning, support your claims where necessary, and work with a partner if you choose.

{Journal Check 2 is Wednesday, November 9. Make sure all of your journals are completed and bound in a two-pocket, three-brad folder–your hardcopy portfolio for the semester}


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