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This page provides information about the written assignments for this class. All assignments need to include accurate MLA documentation.
DOUBLE-ENTRY JOURNALS (DEJs)
This assignment, due at the beginning of each class period (except on days that a paper is due), essentially asks that you to copy down important passages from a text and comment on them in your own words. The purpose of a DEJ is to provide a structure for responses to a reading, to make decisions about significant aspects of text, and to reflect on personal or intellectual connections to a text. In addition, DEJs serve as an ideal way to take notes on a text and thus to begin thinking about future ideas or paper topics.
To create a DEJ, simply fold a clean piece of notebook paper in half, lengthwise (which will yield a two-column sheet of paper). Read the assigned text carefully at least once (twice is much better). Then, from each assigned text, select a total of THREE sections that seem particularly relevant, troubling, powerful, or significant. Copy each section word for word into the left column of the sheet of paper (and include an MLA in-text citation). Then, in the right column, note your reflections about each copied section. Structure your reflections by noting two things: (1) rephrase/explain what the quote says in your own words, and (2) write down your reaction to the quote. The reaction can take the form of questions you may have, an explanation of why you find the section significant, a connection you're making to another text, etc. The important thing here is that you write down some significant thoughts about the quote. Points (1) and (2) together should to be at least as long as the quoted material.
You may handwrite your DEJ or type one up on a computer and turn it in at the beginning of class.
Two regular papers are required in this course (see calendar for due dates). Generally speaking, these papers are standard, formal, academic papers in which the writer presents a guiding argument and supports it with textual evidence. More specifically, papers in this class should cover the following elements:
Overall, the final paper will be an extended regular paper, about 10-14 pages long. All the elements mentioned above apply to the final paper as well. We will be deciding on additional elements for the final paper as a class in the course of the semester.
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