English 101 Reading Journals (Discussion Boards)
Reading Journals (Discussion Boards)
There are a variety of different types of journals. Some of you may keep a journal now to reflect on life experiences. You may have been asked to keep a journal in a class before. For this class your journal will focus on reflection of the reading you do each week.
Every week, as listed on the schedule, you will turn in a journal/discussion board entry to me in response to the prompt for that class. Typically these will be about the readings and then ask for you to make some connection to the formal writing assignment we are working on.
Writing About Readings:
What should you write about? Basically, this is your chance to write about your thoughts on the
readings you have done for the week. I will be looking for good analysis on your part. What did you find most interesting? What were you surprised by? What did you agree with? Disagree
with? What did you notice about how the essay was constructed? Was it convincing? Well
developed? Supported? You can write about any of these things as well as any other ideas or
thoughts you may have. These journals/posts SHOULD NOT BE SUMMARIES of the reading.
1 Good analysis (see above)
2 At least 1 full page typed, double-spaced
3 Respond to the number of peers requested in the prompt
Reply with a new thread to the discussion board forum for that day.
How I will Evaluate Your Reading Journals/Discussion Boards
I am using something called "spec" grading to evaluate and assign a grade for your work on Blogs. The grade is the result of quantity--or just doing what I'm asking you to do--and to a lesser extent, quality. As explained in the syllabus, your work on your journals/discussions will determine 10% of your final grade.
In order to earn a "B" grade for that 10%
- You must complete 16 out of the 18 assigned journals at an "acceptable" level. There is no wiggle room on this.
An "acceptable" journal is at least 1 full page. It can't be under.
In order to earn an "A" grade for that 10%
- You must meet all of the requirements identified above for a "B" grade for all 18 journals.
- You must meet all of the requirements identified above for a "B" grade for 14 journals.