Critical Response Journal


Basic requirements for each journal entry:

Each entry needs to have a title.
All paragraphs need to have clear topic sentences.
The entries should be double spaced.
The total for each journal entry should be approximately 200 words.
In-text documentation is needed for any direct quote used.
A works cited entry should be placed at the end of the response. Use the format for an online source for the entry on the works cited.
Submit the journal entries (entries 1 to 5) as ONE file.  If you send five separate files, only the first one will be graded. 

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Entry 1:  Read the article “Advice for New Students Fromm Those Who Know (Older Students)” (Links to an external site.)
Who is the author’s target audience and what in the work indicates this audience?  Give specific examples to support your answers.  What advice did you find to be helpful and why?
Entry 2:  Read the article “The iGen Shift: Colleges Are Changing to Reach the Next Generation” (Links to an external site.)
“A generation that rarely reads books or emails, breathes through social media, feels isolated and stressed but is crazy driven and wants to solve the world’s problems (not just volunteer) is now on campus.”
Is the New York Times right that today’s college students don’t read books? Consider the author’s purpose and discuss whether you agree with this statement and the information presented in the article.  Use at least one direct quote from the article in your journal entry.
Entry 3:  Check out this website:  (Links to an external site.)
Discuss one controversial issue that you believe has the greatest impact on society today.  Include at least one source to support your ideas.  
Entry 4:  For this entry, you will need to select one of the following websites:
Los Angeles Times (Links to an external site.)
Minneapolis Star Tribune (Links to an external site.)
Write a short paragraph that provides a brief summary of an article from the website you selected.  Include the title of the article and the author in the summary.  Next, you will write a paragraph in which you examine and discuss the author’s thesis or main point.  Is it clear?  Does the article adequately develop this main point?  Explain. 
Entry 5:  Read the article “Social Media is Changing How College Students Deal With Mental Health, For Better or Worse” (Links to an external site.)
Discuss the author’s use of evidence in the article.  Do you agree with the author?  Explain.

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