Advanced Comp – Fall 2017 Journal Entries

Refer to this blog post to keep track of journal entries for the unit. Journal Entries will be collected and graded throughout the unit. These journal entries will also build the premise of longer, sustained writings later in the unit. Students will receive up to 5 points per entry for participation in the 10 minute writing session. 

August 8th, 2017: What is the most important issue facing humanity today? In your opinion, what makes it so special?

August 14th, 2017: Change My View – Protesting does very little to change the situations that they address. All they truly do is make people on both sides likely to find any kind of compromise.

August 21st, 2017: Explain your fundamental opinion of one of the following topics. How does your opinion it “shade” or influence your perception of the topic in the real world?

  • The millennial generation
  • Immigration
  • Technology/Social Media
  • Music
  • Modern Dating
  • Morality and Personal Responsibility. 

August 28th, 2017: Hyperthethical – “Scientists build a massive space station that controls the worldwide weather. As a result, there are no more weather emergencies: tornadoes, hurricanes, and droughts are now things of the past. However, there is an immediate demand for “perfect” days. Because the weather can be controlled, many people would like it to be more pleasant and predictable. A late segment of the populace would like to set aside two specific dates – April 22nd and October 22nd – where the entire world would experience ideal weather simultaneously for 24 hours. This would create worldwide holidays that are perfect for outdoor events, weddings, reunions, and other tourism events that demand meteorological perfection. However, the environmental community claims that this could be risky. They fear that worldwide perfection could create unforeseen consequences. But no one can prove the risks of such an event because it has never happened before.

Where do you stand on this issue? Would you want the perfect, but potentially harmful days?

September 5th, 2017: If you could host a dinner party and invite any three individuals, living or dead  to attend, who would you invite and why? Would there be a particular combination to these individuals? What questions would you want them to answer?

September 15th, 2017: What is your favorite story that has a secret meaning? If you don’t have one, what is your favorite conspiracy theory?

September 18th, 2017: Apply a critical lens to something that you have read or watched recently. Write a brief analysis of how this changes your final impression of the work.

October 2nd, 2017: What was the highlight of your fall break?

October 9th, 2017: Chooose a personal story that connects to the events of A Good Man is Hard to Find in either narrative symmetry, theme, characters, events, or mood. Explain this story in detail.

October 18th, 2017: Describe your preferences when it comes to receiving new information. Would you rather have ideas presented visually or auditorily? Can you teach yourself information by simply reading? What subjects are favorite/easiest for you to learn about? Which are least favorite/hardest?

October 23rd, 2017: Free Write – Write about an issue that you have read or watched recently. What should your classmates know about this event, person, or place?

October 30th, 2017: What type of music or musical artist has spoken to you most during your life? What situations has it supplmented? How has it effected your emotions?

November 6th, 2017: Describe the best movie that you have viewed recently. What about it made it so good?

November 13th, 2017: Free Write – What is your favorite holiday memory?

November 27th, 2017: Have you reached your goals for the semeter? If so, what went well? If not, what do you need to change to meet thme this semester or next?

December 4th, 2017: What process have you found to be difficult to complete? What was the process? What made it hard? Who did you turn to for advice? How did it work out in the long run?

December 12th, 2017: How did you spend the storm this past weekend? Was it enjoyable or a pain in the rear?