Journal: Pioneers in Poetry

Choose ONE of the topics from the lesson learning objectives and respond in a journal entry for grading.  Be sure to review all of the requirements in the Critical Papers and Journals link on the Course Menu

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Discuss how the Civil War changed the style and focus of literature.
Reflect upon the growth of an American identity throughout the semester’s writings.

A journal is not a diary. A journal is not an interpretation of a literary work. A journal is not a summary.  A journal is a place where you will record your personal responses (first person) to the literary works as you read them.
Be sure you have read the assigned material BEFORE beginning the journals. Do not read outside material regarding the readings (Cliffs Notes, SparkNotes, summaries, etc. The journals require YOUR OWN response to the writings.).
Journals will be submitted to the appropriate link in each lesson.
Write your perceptions of the assigned readings. If you find something of particular interest, respond to that point. If you are impressed favorably or unfavorably about either the literary work, period and/or the author, respond to those points as well. If you see relationships between what you are reading and some aspects of our world today or other literature you have read, comment upon your observations. Be specific in both your perceptions and in your references to the reading material. Simply writing, “I was intrigued by ______” without offering your personal reasons will not be enough to complete this assignment.
Try to keep an open mind about what you read, and be honest about your observations. Do not expect to like or dislike everything that you read. Do not expect to understand immediately everything you read. It is perfectly acceptable to include in your responses some pertinent questions that you may have about what you are reading. Avoid vague responses that simply say, “I did not understand anything I read” or “I did not like what I read.” Be specific. Remember, the whole point of the journal is to get you to actively respond to the reading material. In addition, statements like, “This was hard to understand” or “the wording was too difficult” are not appropriate responses to the content of the writing; writings of this period are understandably more different than modern writings because we are not familiar with the wording or spelling.
Provide MLA in-text citations for the journal when citing from your textbook. Also, the journals may be more informal than the Critical Paper, but they should still follow the conventional rules of English grammar and diction.
Journals will be typed directly into the text box with the appropriate date of completion. Please DO NOT submit an attachment.
The grade will be based upon the quality and quantity of your responses; grammar is a part of the grade. Although entry lengths may vary from time to time, as a rule, no entry should be less than 300 words. 
Check the “Schedule of Assignments” table in Syllabus Page 2 for submission dates for the journal assignments.
Read the following text assignments from the textbook. You cannot successfully pass this reading/writing-intensive course without reading the material. Once you have read the material, complete the assignments as instructed.

, selected readings:

“Song of Myself” (Stanzas 1 and 24), pp. 1423 & 1438-1439
“When I Heard the Learned Astronomer,” p. 1466
“The Wound-Dresser,” pp. 1467-1469
“When Lilacs Last in Dooryard Bloom’d,” pp. 1469-1476

, selected readings:

#466 “I Dwell in Possibility,” p. 1493
#479 “Because I Could Not Stop for Death,” pp. 1493-1494

Review the lecture notes to better understand the course readings. Information from these notes will also be included on your second exam. Select Lecture Notes on the course menu to access them.
Review the following videos and other links to enhance your learning:

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