English 2 Journals

Journal 1 - Letter to self
Journal 2 - You're running for president. List three platforms that you'd campaign on and why you believe you're the best person for the job. Also, who is your running mate?
Journal 3 - You're rich. Like, filthy stinking rich. Name three things you'd do with $100 million. 
Journal 4 - What do you think is your biggest flaw? Has it gotten you into trouble before? How so? What could you do to work on correcting it? Do you think we are defined by our flaws? 
Journal 5 - Talk about a time you were highly annoyed, aggravated, or angered. What was the cause? What was the result? How do you deal with these feelings?
Journal 6 - Creative Nonfiction #1 - Five questions, answer, create a story with the details
Journal 7 - Life or death: Would you want to gain eternal life? Why or why not? OR How would you commit the perfect murder?
Journal 8 - What qualities do we want in our leaders? Are these the same things we want in a hero? What makes for a hero? What are some heroes we have today (either generic like a fireman or specific)?
Journal 9 - What is the longest journey you've been on, whether it's physical, emotional, spiritual, or otherwise?
Journal 10 - Creative Nonfiction #2 - Watch this B-Roll of a crowd on a New York City street (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktKTPiOld1g). Let your eyes train themselves on a face, on a particular person, then imagine what their day will be like from this moment. Give them a name. Where are they going? What are they doing? Who is that person? Go overboard with details. Characterize them. Consider giving them a conflict. Write at least a two paragraph mini story about a person from the video.
Journal 11 - Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck? Why? How would you fight them? (What's the plan?) What do you think the outcome would be? 
Journal 12 - Finish the statement. "If and when I raise children, I'll never..."
Journal 13 - What do you consider your greatest accomplishment to date and why?
Journal 14 - If you could only say 20 words for the rest of your life, what would they be and why?
Journal 15 - Tell me 2 truths, 1 lie.  
Journal 16 - You know the conflict of Oedipus. You might spot the ironies that build up to the climax. Talk about a time when you felt an obligation to do something even though you knew you wouldn't like it (process or result). How did you keep going? How does this experience fit with your idea of fate vs. free will? 
Journal 17 - What does hopelessness mean to you? Talk about a time you felt hopeless. What happened? How did you deal with it?
Journal 18 -  What does hopelessness mean to you? Was there a time you felt hopeless? What did you do to cope?
Journal 19 - Jot down what you know (descriptions, facts, dates/names, etc.) about each of the following. Concentration camps, Genocide, Judaism 
Journal 20Do you agree or disagree with the following statements? Pick three and expound on why you think that way.

Revenge is a justifiable emotion.
All is fair in love and war.
Misery loves company 
Lying is justifiable when it's for the right reasons.
=Some people are better than others. 
Never give up.

Journal 21 - Do you have more freedom or less freedom than your parents had at your age? In what ways might your freedoms be different from theirs? In what ways might your freedoms be similar to theirs? Why?
Journal 22 - How would you define resistance? In what ways can a person resist things?  Does resistance need to be an open or shown action? How have you shown resistance in your life? What were you resisting and why?
Journal 23 What kinds of things shape us? Have you experienced something that's changed the person you thought you were? What happened? How were you different?
Journal 24 - How much freedom should people have? When is it okay to limit freedom? When is it not? Provide examples.
Journal 25 - Describe a significant person (teacher, neighbor, mentor,coach, parent, sibling, sweetheart) with as many physical details as possible,but no clichés! (If you've heard the expression before, don't use it.)
Journal 26 - Use these three things in a short narrative:
Bongo drums, a mall, a heartbroken science teacher
And these words:
Petulant, Hackneyed, Assail, Aloof
Journal 27 - The greatest song ever is _______________ because....

Journal 28 - Is there a book, fiction or nonfiction, that you feel should be required reading for everyone? Why? Write something to persuade your audience to read this book.

 

 

 

 
 
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Journal 6 - What is something you do well? How long have you been doing it? How did you get into it? Why do you like doing it? How would you convince someone else to try it?
Journal 8 - Talk about a cultural touchstone from your generation. 
Journal 9 - Are people inherently good or evil?
Journal 11 - Tell me about three places that are important to you for good or bad reasons.
Journal 13 - Should the government protect you from physical or mental danger? What's something you think the government should step in to stop?
Journal 14 - What's a major world problem, and how would you fix it? 
Journal 15 - Should we have school uniforms?
Journal 16 - What super power would you have and why?
Journal 18 - Would you rather go 200 years into the past or 200 years into the future?
Journal 19 - 1) What are some differences between the Ibo culture and our culture? 2) What does masculinity mean to you? What does today's ideal man supposed to look like? Behave like? How is Okonkwo alike or different from this ideal?
Journal 20 - 1) Why do you think the author talks so much about tribal customs? What does this tell us about the Ibo culture? 2) The Ibo belief about ogbanjeseems strange to us. What are some customs that we have that might seem strange to others?