Journal Entry

Journal Entry

  • In this course, you will complete a series of History Journal entries, which you will submit twice during the term. Refer to the Assignments and Course Schedule on Syllabus Page 2 for due dates.Journal #2In this second journal activity, you may write about any topic(s) of your choice, but it is best to use the textbook to study.
    • For this activity, topics should address content covered in Chapters 22 – 28 in the textbook.
      • It is expected that, at a minimum, you are reading the assigned textbook chapters.
      • You are encouraged to read collateral historical writings on topics covered in the textbook.
    • This activity will consist of 10 separate journal entries; you will have a total of 20 entries by the end of the course.
    • Each separate entry should:
      • contain a minimum of 120 words.
      • consist of a summary, paraphrase, and synthesis of material you are reading/studying in this course.
      • be written predominantly in your own words.
      • discuss the subject matter that you are studying – do not simply agree/disagree.
    • If you intend to use outside research in your journal, you must provide supporting citation information in MLA format. If you are a history major, your journal must be formatted in Chicago/Turabian Manual of Style. If you are using a direct quote, please make sure there are proper in-text citations.
    • Any quoted material that you use does not count toward your 120 minimum.
    • Journal should be formatted in 12 pt, Times New Roman font, 1 inch margins, and double spaced.
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    You will make two separate journal submissions during this course. Each submission will be worth 120 points.

    • Each submission will consist of 10 separate journal entries.
    • Save the file containing your second set of 10 entries in .rtf (rich text format), and name the file Journal #2
    • Don’t know how to save a file as a .rtf?
    • For clarity and ease, please title your entries as Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, etc.
    • Each separate journal entry should be a minimum of 120 words in length.
    • Each entry should pertain to United States History after 1877.
    • Each entry should be written in your own words.
    • Submission of only half the required length/number of journals will earn half of the available points.
    • Include a proper and correct works cited page.

    To gain a better understanding of journal entry expectations, please review the sample entry below:Entry 1What was the Declaration of Independence all about? It was written by Thomas Jefferson but was probably not signed on July 4th, 1776. It was written after hostilities had broken out. Lexington, Concord, Bunker Hill had taken place a year earlier. Why so late? The reason might be that the colonies were not yet united in their response to Britain. Many did not want to leave the empire only a few years earlier they had boasted about. Also, taking on the powerful British empire with trained troops seemed almost impossible. Several of the condemnations in the declaration were not true, and they were addressed to King George III rather than Parliament, which had the real power. It is quite possible that the colonial leadership did not want to attack a representative institution even though it was hardly representative of the people of Britain. Still, the declaration won widespread approval and helped to unite the colonists.Note: You will notice that this entry is greater than 120 words in length.

    • Keep in mind that 120 words is the minimum length.
    • There are no “right or wrong” answers, and it is not required that your instructor “agree” with your entry.
    • You will be graded on how your entry demonstrates that you have read and thought about the material.
  • JOURNAL #2

    You will use the link above to submit your Journal #2 Assignment.After you have completed all 10 journal entries required for this activity:

    • Save your file as Journal #2.
    • Be sure to save your file in .rtf (rich text) format.
    • When you are ready to submit it, select the link above.
    • Scroll down to Section 2, which is titled Assignment Submission.
    • Select the Browse My Computer button to navigate to the file.
    • Locate and select your file.
    • Select Submit.

    Note: If you are not ready to submit the activity for grading (i.e. if all 10 entries are not completed), be sure to select the Save Draft button instead of the Submit button. Once the Submit button is selected, the activity is locked and cannot be accessed again.

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