Before you can provide a valuable reaction to something you read, you must fully understand it. Approach it empathetically and inductively! Try to fully understand the work on its own terms before judging it. I insist on journal entries which both show your analysis of what you have read and provide a thoughtful reaction which connects the reading to ideas and other readings from the course. This is time consuming, but you will find that it improves your critical thinking significantly.
You are encouraged to collaborate with a single classmate on one, some, or all journal entries. You are encouraged to try working with several different partners. The team submits one journal and gets the same grade. You are not required to work with the same partner on all journals. Collaboration means that both students do the reading, discuss it, and together write the entry. It does not mean that work is divided up. This privilege may be revoked at any time for any student(s) whom I suspect is not working in the spirit of these directives—he/she will then complete all journals individually.
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