Journal Format. Start by putting your name and the journal # in the upper left hand corner. Also include what time the class meets (mornings/afternoons) No MLA format on journals. Skip down a line and begin your answer. Answering the Question.
Question: After reading the opening section of The Last Stand, Julia Butterfly Hill's reading, and seeing the HWC's PowerPoint, I'd like to know what you think about this history. Start with a thesis sentence (underline it) and support your idea with evidence that you've heard or read about in our study.
Wrong: After reading about this issue, I hope to learn more about how man interacts with nature. (Doesn’t answer the question and not an argument.)
Wrong: After these readings, I have learned a lot about Palco, Julia Butterfly Hill, and clearcutting. (Doesn’t answer the question and not an argument.)
Right: Charles Hurwitz acquired the company without being prosecuted, he has complied with the statutes concerning timber harvest plans, and the trees that he has cut have been on private land; thus, as the majority stock holder, he has every right to do the things described in these readings.
Example: (idea) Palco’s clearcutting policy has had serious negative consequences for people in the affected watersheds. (evidence) For example, after only minor rainfall in the Freshwater, Mattole, and Elk River watersheds, severe flooding is occuring.
Remember, authors don’t “say” anything: they “write, posit, argue, point out, exemplify…”
Try to keep your journals to one paragraph, unless you’ve written two pages.
Don’t use an ellipsis at the start of an embedded quote.
Essay titles (from readings) go in quotes; books, films, websites are in italics. Underlining is for the typewriter age.
Example: Hurwitz typically argues that he operates within the law and has benefitted workers and the community (through taxes, services employed, and scholarships. However, this argument ignores the much larger cost that Palco has thrown off on our county, which consists of harm to endangered species, negative watershed effects, unemployment and its fallout, and ultimately the effect of the company’s bankruptcy—which are costs that Palco will do everything in its power to avoid shouldering.