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Journal Writing

  1. 1. Journals Learning Goals 1. Develop journal writing skills
  2. 2. A journal is a personal writing piece. Unlike paragraphs, it is a time for reflecting on a question or topic, and having a “discussion” about it. You should separate your journal into at least two paragraphs. Paragraphs should be focused on clear, separate ideas. Even though journals are “free flow” writing, they still need to be polished, and often revised.
  3. 3.         Reflection- on the overall meaning of the quote or topic, and on specific key vocabulary Connections- personal and global Predictions- What will happen if these practices/problems continue? Implications/consequences are considered and discussed Solutions are offered All Points of View are considered Questioning A sense of the writer comes through
  4. 4. Which is a stronger journal? Why do you think that? Russel’s quote talks about being afraid of animals with threatening behavior. Many people have issues with animals who can be potentially threatening. Sharks are in this category, because they are large, they have lots of teeth, and when people encounter them, they are in an unfamiliar environment. Sharks, therefore, seem more threatening than they are. People are afraid of sharks because they don’t know a lot about them. The movie Sharkwater is very enlightening and informative. Rob Stewart swam with the sharks, which proves that they are not dangerous. People should get better educated before they stereotype sharks badly. Russel’s quote looks at the idea of point of view, and basically says that you see what you expect to see. He means that if people have a fear of sharks, they take notice of their rows of teeth, and of the few yearly shark attacks. They usually miss, however, the footage of people happily swimming and touching sharks. It reminds me of what a fortune teller once told me, “You always find what you are looking for.” In the same way that I always find stress (because I expect it), people gravitate to media stories about sharks, because that’s what they are looking for. The implication of this is that people are ignorant, and will remain ignorant. We need to challenge ourselves to look beyond stereotypes and our own biases, and make informed factual opinions.
  5. 5. The journal on the right is the STRONGER journal Why is this journal stronger?     It includes a reflection of the topic It includes personal and global connections It discusses possible future implications/ consequences It provides possible solutions to problems How could this journal improve?    It could make some predictions about the future if these problems continue It could consider the other point of view It could ask some rhetorical questions Russel’s quote looks at the idea of point of view, and basically says that you see what you expect to see. He means that if people have a fear of sharks, they take notice of their rows of teeth, and of the few yearly shark attacks. They usually miss, however, the footage of people happily swimming and touching sharks. It reminds me of what a fortune teller once told me, “You always find what you are looking for.” In the same way that I always find stress (because I expect it), people gravitate to media stories about sharks, because that’s what they are looking for. The implication of this is that people are ignorant, and will remain ignorant. We need to challenge ourselves to look beyond stereotypes and our own biases, and make informed factual opinions.

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