Reading journal

Book used: The Little, Brown Reader. by Stubbs, Marcia and Sylvan Barnet. United States: Longman Publishing Group, 2012.Print (HAVE TO MAKE SURE that it is the Twelfth Edition)

Focus on focus on either Abbey, Goleman and Norris, Gore, or Niman (537-557).

The reading journals for this class consist of two parts: summary and response. ( TWO PARAGRAPHS IN TOTAL)

Directions for the reading journal:

1. The summary needs to be concise (exclude details, examples, specifics).
2. The summary needs to be accurate in conveying the writer’s main points.
3. The summary needs to remain objective (exclude opinion, interpretation, analysis).
4. The first sentence of the summary needs to contain the writer’s full name, the title of the text, and the writer’s thesis statement (in your own words).
5. The summary should be written in your own words (exclude quotations).
6. The page numbers of the text need to be listed in parentheses at the end of the summary (followed by a period).


1. The response should demonstrate your critical thinking about the text.
2. The response should include quotations from the text in MLA format.

1. The journal needs to meet the required length to earn a passing grade: 450 words.
2. The journal needs to focus on one of the texts assigned for this time period.
3. The journal needs to be polished—proofread and edited.

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