School of English Studies
College English Skills II
You will be expected to submit a short response to an assigned reading passage or other medium of expression. These will constitute your reading/writing journal and will be part of your Critical Reading, Class Work and Oral Assignments (5 points of your 25 points assigned for journals – or 1 point per journal entry). Each response should be at least a page and a half in length (@ 500 words minimum) and typed with a clear heading (including the journal number) on the first page and a header on all subsequent pages. A good way to start your journal entry is to restate the question. Then take it from there!
Journal Response 1
Due: Week 2, Class 2
Read “What’s Wrong with Black English” by Rachel Jones This is available at the Copy Centre or online at http://faculty.washington.edu/lauramcg/courses/com374/outlines/jones_my_turn.doc Reflecting
Consider the position argued by Jones. Do you agree or disagree with her? How does her argument about Black English relate to Bahamian Dialect?
In no more than 100 words, summarize her argument. Then take a position agreeing or disagreeing with Jones and explain why. In your discussion you can refer to Bahamian Dialect. Be sure your over -all journal summary-response is at least 500 words (with the summary representing no more than 20 percent of it).
Journal Response 2
Due: Week 4, Class 2
Access and read about netlore - urban legends, hoaxes, phishing, chain letters and scams - at the following websites (the last one is my favorite):
The Bunk Stops Here
Christian Urban Legends
Don’t Spread That Hoax
Hoax List: Current Netlore & Urban Legends
http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/internet/a/current_netlore.htm How Stuff Works
Museum of Hoaxes
Truth or Fiction
Urban Legends and Folklore
Urban Legend Reference Pages
Why are we so easily taken in by what we read on the internet? What makes it more likely that we will open our ‘cyber doors’ to complete strangers than our real-life doors? Are we just too naïve or gullible? Have you ever been taken in by an internet hoax or scam? How can the public become more aware of internet exploitation? Is the legal system keeping pace with the ever-increasing popularity of the internet?
In a journal entry discuss/analyze one (1) of the following: The impact of an internet hoax/scam on you (or a friend or family member). The need to educate the public on cyber crime.
How laws should be strengthened to protect internet users from being preyed upon by cyber criminals.
How laws should be strengthened to prosecute and punish cyber criminals. A popular urban legend, phishing scheme, chain letter or hoax (provide some background information, examine why recipients are taken in by it, assess its impact, etc.). Note: You may select any one of the above topics but feel free to create your own. Just make sure it is relevant to the general topic of internet hoaxes, urban legends, etc.
Journal Response 3
Due: Week 8, Class 1
Select a Bahamian song or poem and write a critical analysis of it. Try to find one that reflects a particular aspect of Bahamian culture or society. Avoid selecting a poem or song that you have worked on as part of the BGCSE curriculum or as an assignment for ENG 119. You may use a selection that is from the Caribbean (rather than the Bahamas) as long as its content is relevant to...