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journal for week one

Journal for Week One

This entry is to capture where you are in your life. It might be a good idea to begin with a comment on your general situation as you sense it. Begin with a broad comment; then let your mind sweep through your recent life. Record specifics, bits of dialogue, frustrations, pleasures, questions, dreams – everything that comes to you. Be specific and date your entry.

journal for week two
Journal for Week Two

In the previous entry, you described where you are in your current life. For this entry, you are going to record impressions of where you live. Try to capture the fleeting impressions and details. Record any associations you make. Perhaps your mind will connect you with other places where you have lived; work those details into your entry, but always come back to your immediate surroundings. Be specific and date your entry.

journal for week three
Journal for Week Three

List personal items in your possession. Don’t just name individual items – include brief descriptions and associations you have with them. Start by emptying out the contents of your wallet or purse – or better yet, your backpack or locker. Arrange the items in whatever way suits you, then study them. Hold them. Read the writing on the ones that have writing. Smell the ones that have smells. As an alternative, go to the medicine cabinet in your bathroom, cosmetic drawer, or refrigerator. List jars, bottles, cans, and individual items. List your association with these items. Be specific and date your entry.

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Journal for Week Four

List current activities you do: attend classes, read, write papers, take tests; drive or ride to school; sleep and roll out of bed in the morning; talk with friends, teachers, parents; hold a job or play sports; draw, paint, or play a musical instrument; attend church or participate in community service; etc. Then from the list, select one or two to write about. Record everything that comes to you: how it feels to do the activity, why you like doing the activity, how long you have been doing the activity, etc. Record any associations you have with them. Be specific and date your entry.

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Journal for Week Five

Write about special places in your current life. Randomly list places that come to mind. These special places need not be your favorite spots; they may also be places you associate with discomfort, such as a doctor’s or dentist’s office. Perhaps one or two places on your list will be “secret” places, spots where you may visit for a moment or two when the world seems to be coming down around your shoulders. Then select one or two to write more detail about. Record some associations with them. Be specific and date your entry.

journal for week six
Journal for Week Six

Develop a list of memories from your past. Begin by sitting quietly and reflecting on the past. Then record in two or three lines a half dozen to a dozen of the strongest memories that come to you. They may not be big events in your life, but for the moment they hold your interest. Be sure to write legibly enough to reread your entries, and leave plenty of space around them. Finally, after you finish the list, reread it and write the approximate date when each event took place. Be specific and date your entry.

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Journal for Week Seven

Take one of the entries from your memory list and expand it. Be specific about all the details, images, other individuals, associations, connections, and feelings related to this event. Date your entry.

journal for week eight
Journal for Week Eight

Develop a list of people to use for descriptive portraits. Spend a few minutes sitting quietly and allowing your mind to roam throughout your life history. As you make your list, add brief comments about the relationship between you and these individuals. Make sure your list is full of detail and observations. Be specific and date your entry.

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Journal for Week Nine

Select one person from your list. Describe the person and elaborate on the relationship you have shared with him or her. Remember to include more than physical details. Include all that comes to you about the relationship. Try to develop a specific event that embodies some aspect of the person’s character. Be specific and date your entry.

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Journal for Week Ten

Select a favorite personal photograph that connects with some aspect of your life – past or present. In as much detail as possible, describe the images within the photograph. Discuss how this photograph makes connections or associations with your life. You may want to describe the events or situations surrounding the time of the photograph. Be specific and date your entry.

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Journal for Week Eleven

Select a dream, fear, challenge, accomplishment, or decision that has had an impact on your life. It does not have to be something that has been life altering, but it has caused you to be reflective in some way. Be specific about all the details, images, other individuals, associations, connections, and feelings related to this situation. Date your entry.

journal for week twelve
Journal for Week Twelve

As you conclude your writing for the second six weeks, spend some time reading over the journals you have written to date. You may wish to review what you have written and simply record your response to one or more of the previous entries. You may wish to take another event or individual from your lists to write about. You may wish to draw something that has special significance for you. Whatever you write about or draw, be specific and date your entry.

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Journal for Week Thirteen

Choose a piece of music that has special significance for you. Reflect on the meaning the music has for you in light of the personal experiences you have so far shared in your journal. Be specific about lyrics, images, feelings, and associations related to the music. Date your entry.

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Journal for Week Fourteen

Choose one of the quotes on the wall of this classroom. Describe in specific detail how the quote relates to a person, place, event, or situation in your life right now. Date your entry.

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Journal for Week Fifteen

Make a list of all the groups you are a member of, from your family to a group of friends, to a religious or ethnic group. Describe how being a member of each of these groups affects you. Be specific and date your entry.

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Journal for Week Sixteen

As the Holidays approach, write or sketch out some holiday memories that have special significance for you. Focus on one of these memories and spend some time reliving it in your imagination. Be specific about all the details, images, other individuals, associations, connections, and feelings related to this memory. Be sure to date your entry.

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Journal for Week Seventeen

Review the first journal you wrote for this class (week one). Reflect on this entry now, after having experienced these past few months of school. Follow the same format as you did previously, being specific and dating your entry.

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Journal for Week Eighteen

Take time to do a self-evaluation of your work this semester in AP English III. What were your highs? Lows? Make some goals for yourself during the second semester, remembering to be specific and dating your entry.