Class Journals

For each of the texts, you will be required to take notes as you read.  I will create four separate Google Docs–one for each text.  On each Google Doc will be notes from everyone in the class about a particular text.  For each reading assignment, you will need to record a minimum of two entries.  For each entry you should indicate a page number or chapter number  from the text followed by your thoughts.  Your entries can focus on the language, the themes, or the characters.  You can offer your first impressions or raise questions and offer provisional interpretations.  These entries are a good place for you to start to try to figure out what point the text is making and what the author is trying to say.  I would encourage you to include memorable quotations followed by your thoughts about these quotations.  You can offer hunches about the text, immediate feelings, and more fully developed ideas: anything that helps to capture how you are responding to particular passages.  As we read, the document will feature our collective and cumulative efforts as a class to make sense of the work as a whole.  Your entries will sometimes form the basis for class discussion, and I may ask you to respond to each other’s entries as part of your asynchronous independent work. Below you will find links to the class journals.

E.M. Forster, A Room with a View

Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby