Journals

Here is where you can find daily journal prompts.  If you are absent, it is your responsibility to make up prompts before I collect them for a grade.  They will be posted here in chronological order.  Freewrites are open journals: journal about your week, stream-of-consciousness, write song lyrics (state title of song & artist), etc.

Find 2015 Journal Entries here.

Find 2016 Journal Entries here.

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01/03/17: Winter Break

On the back of your pre-test, write about your winter break and / or last semester and / or your new schedule & excitement about returning to school.

01/31/17: Stereotypes

How do stereotypes work? Where do stereotypes come from?  Why are they so powerful and prevalent?

02/01/17: Sons vs. Daughters
Do parents treat sons and daughters differently? Explain & give examples. What do you think accounts for the differences (if any)?

Slave Narratives: 02/06
How are Fredrick Douglas and Harriet Jacob’s experiences similar?  What images / experiences stood out most to you as you completed your reading?  What do  you think of their experiences / stories?

 

02/16/17: Violence & Love
MLK said, “The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy, instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

What are some real ways we can use love to defeat hate?

02/23/17: Poems
Look at the three poems we’ve read recently in class: “I, Too,” “The Masks We Wear,” and “If We Must Die.”  Which of the three poems that we’ve read recently still resonates today? Do any of them?  Do all of them?  Explain your response.  Or compare the poems to each other.