Ms. Gokturk Composition
At the beginning of class, you were given a marble composition notebook. Then you jazzed it up with a collage. Its primary use was to act as a forum to put your thoughts into writing. It is a place for you to write freely and communicate with yourself, me, others, and it helps you practice your writing skills. In addition to the journal assignments you will receive as warm-ups in class, this marking period, you will take your writing a step further and be responsible for personal initiative.
Therefore, in addition to the assigned journal entries, you will be responsible to include TWO weekly entries of your own choosing (though I encourage you to write more if you so choose). These should be a lengthier entry (2-5 pages). See the possible topics list below for ideas if you have none or your well has run dry.
I will collect these journals when I feel like it; it is your responsibility to be up to date. This grade will be based on a 100 point scale and be averaged into your project average. I am not grading on grammar or spelling. I am grading on thought, effort, and attempt at creating a composition – each entry should have a clear beginning, middle and end. You should organize your ideas into paragraphs. You should write about thing that mean something to you.
How are journals graded?
Journals are graded holistically. This means that there is no specific formula. No two journals look exactly the same, but we can make some generalizations. A good journal (one that receives a high grade):
Possible Individual Topics (two per week)
Observations: people watching, eavesdropping, observing nature
Themes (i.e., loneliness, kindness, cruelty, etc.)
Weekend Updates or Previews
The best thing that ever happened to me
You know it’s love if…
Why can’t everyone just leave me alone?
Ask questions as to why things are they the way they are
Meaning of universe
Famous people who inspire
Notice something that happens to you every day
Responses to films, literature, classes
Dialogues between people, real or imagined
My mother, my father, my grandparents
What if….? (speculating on alternative worlds or scenarios)
Things go well when…
Things that upset me,…
A painful moment in my life
A memory I shall never forget
My first day at school
The person who means the most to me
The biggest mistake I ever made
I get angry when
I wish I…
I have this problem
An experience that taught me a lesson
Best news in the paper today
What I want to be doing 5/10/20 years from now
I love to