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Questions: Author? | etc.

Four separate sets of journal entries will be due on the dates below, preferably word-processed and emailed. Please respond to the specified amount of study questions for each author. Numbers in parentheses mean "respond to any x number of study questions total on this author." For example, "Joyce (10 questions)" means "respond to whichever ten questions you prefer from the many available on the Joyce questions page." Together, the four journal sets are 25% of the course grade.

Wk 04 (00/00) Set 1: Author? (X Questions) | etc.

Wk 08 (00/00) Set 2: Author? (X Questions) | etc.

Wk 12 (00/00) Set 3: Author? (X Questions) | etc.

After Exam Wk (00/00) Set 4: Author? (X Questions) | etc.

Turning in Sets. Please word-process journal sets, but if you handwrite, write legibly. Email your journal sets sometime during the day they are due, and label the message subject line logically: as in "E212 Journal 2, Jane B. Student." (You can use attachments, or simply cut-and-paste your entries.) Label the authors and questions. Please don't send more than one complete journal set (if late) in the same message, and don't combine a message containing your journal set with, say, a paper draft or other important item — things get "electronically misplaced" that way. EXPECT AN EMAIL CONFIRMATION FROM ME — IF YOU DON'T RECEIVE ONE WITHIN 2 DAYS, I HAVEN'T RECEIVED YOUR JOURNAL!

Late Journal Sets. They are acceptable, but will receive a maximum grade of B. You cannot turn in more than one late set at the end of the semester. In other words, it is not acceptable to write up three or four complete journal sets and turn them in late in the semester. That defeats the whole point of keeping a journal.

How to Respond. Responses will vary in length to suit the questions. Many responses will require a short paragraph. There's no need to respond exhaustively — just thoughtfully. The study questions should help you develop ideas for papers, participate in discussions, and learn more from class sessions. Here is a good sample response to a question on Homer's Odyssey, Book One:

2. What first impression does this book give us of the gods? How much of a role do they play in human affairs? What seems to motivate their actions?

"The gods are a lot like humans, and they take sides in human affairs. Athena, for example, favors Odysseus, so around line 210, she heads down to Ithaca to put some courage into his son Telemachus. Earlier, she had coaxed her own father, Zeus, into making a promise about Odysseus' return. Athena appears disguised as Mentes, Lord of the Taphians — a trusted elder who can offer Telemachus the right kind of advice since he has some growing up to do. So we can see that the gods will do just about anything to help their favorites; yet sometimes I also get the sense that humans are pawns in a power game."

How Journals are Graded

A: all journal sets turned in complete and on time; responses are specific and consistently thoughtful — neither vague remarks nor simple yes/ no statements.

B: all journal sets turned in (for the most part on time), but incomplete in terms of numbers or quality of response. Or all turned in, but mostly late.

C: one journal set missing, but all others completed satisfactorily and on time. Alternatively, all sets turned in, but responses show little effort to understand the texts.

D: two or more journal sets missing, and/or responses clearly not thoughtful enough to suggest serious engagement with the texts.

F: student has failed to turn in any journal sets. Anyone who does this would probably have to earn an "A" in all other components (attendance, final, paper) just to pass the course. Not a good idea....


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