I attached three file readings that you have to use them. You can write in your journal each week about any of the readings, or even about what you are learning from the class more generally (from discussions with other students or though your own writing, for example). Throughout the term you will keep a journal about the themes of the course. Since the purpose of this class is to practice “Critical Inquiry” through writing, your journal will be your opportunity to do this without pressure. Your journal will allow you to explore the themes of the class, the readings, and your ideas for writing in your own way. You will be expected to write in your journal at least once during each week of the term (10 weeks) and discuss the materials or themes from each of those weeks. The way you use this journal is (almost) entirely up to you. The idea is just that you have consistent, personal writing experience. Here are some things you can do in your journal: – Take notes on the assigned readings. – Write about the assigned readings in order to help you better understand your own perspectives of and opinions on the topics being discussed. – Write about your own experiences and how they relate to what you are reading or what you have discussed with your classmates on the discussion forums. – Take notes on interesting ideas from your classmates’ discussion posts – Brainstorm, freewrite, or take notes in preparation for your written assignments for class. – Take notes on or write about sources that you find in your own research in preparation for your research project. – You are welcome to include drawings, images, etc., but these will not count toward your written total. There are just a few things that you should not do in your journal: – Do not draft your discussion posts or writing assignments in your journal. You can brainstorm ideas, but what is written in your journal should be significantly different than what you turn in for these more formal assignments (in other words, don’t try to kill two birds with one stone). – Don’t only copy quotes from your readings. You may find it helpful to record interesting quotes, but you should then go on to write about these quotes or do some other kind of writing. The majority of your journal should be your own words, not the words of others. – Do not plagiarize. Sources do not need to be fully cited, but if you are talking about a source, make a note of where the info is coming from. This will help you to keep track of what is being said by whom and prevent any accidental plagiarism if you refer to your journal for other assignments.