Academic Journal: Reading Response #1
Welcome to the first entry of your academic journal. You will be asked to read two articles (links below) and engage in a class discussion on the topic. You are welcome to take notes during the discussion and read any other materials on this topic prior to responding to the prompt. You will be expected to reference at least one of the readings in your response. You will provide the links to the articles at the bottom of your blog post; no formal citation is necessary.
Prompt: Is Stephen Fry over reacting to the situation in Russia? Why or why not?
Background information: http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21584007-plight-gays-prompts-calls-boycott-sochi-olympics-grim-be-gay
Stephen Fry is a British writer, actor, comedian and playwright who blogs on topical current events.
Read his open letter to David Cameron and the IOC here:
This course requires you to maintain a digital portfolio which includes most of your writing from the school year in the form of an academic journal.
While convention journals (or diaries) keep a record of events in your life, academic journals focus on the material and concepts covered in class. Academic journals allow you to develop your thoughts and ideas and work through your opinions before creating a final argument or paper. Here you will record perceptions, impressions, and reactions to readings, class discussions, and paper topics. Here, you will think, write, rethink, rewrite, think and write some more.
In your academic journal, you will write for yourself. Although it will be read by your teacher and peers, it is not about form, style, or voice. It is where you get started, where you question your thinking and look for reasons behind it. An academic journal is for the writer, not for the reader.
Setting up your digital portfolio/academic journal
1. Choose a software that works for you. For the less tech savvy, Weebly or Google sites is a good place to start.
2. Create a webpage that has the following blog pages:
3. Once you have set up your digital portfolio, design your front page so we know who you are. Feel free to add images and pictures. Include a one paragraph introduction that includes (a) your fondest memory from high school to date (b) one thing you wish you would have been involved in (sport, play, school trip, etc) and (c) what you hope to do next year.
You will be assessed based on individual assignment rubrics and completion.