Journal Basics: An Outline for the Generic
journal is NOT merely a log or record of things done; it should be a space
within which you examine or reflect upon the meaning and implications of major
Your completed journal should have the
following outline of entries:
Question - to be written
before or immediately after you begin the project: What expectations do you have for this
experience? That is, what do you expect this experience to be like and what do
you hope to gain from it? What do you hope to find out about the world? What do
you hope to find out about yourself?
- : There are
three levels of reflection that a good journal achieves:
– Describes significant events, activities, observations or surprising personal
What? – Examines what makes the events, observations, or reactions significant;
what meaning do they carry for you or for those around you?
What? – Examines how your understanding of the events, observations, or
reactions might shape your future actions, decisions, or beliefs
Write in your
journal every _______________. Speak to
“What?” and “So what?’ in every entry. Every ___________ entry should push to the
level of “Now what?”
Questions – at the
conclusion of your Odyssey experience write a final reflection that considers
such questions as:
your opening entry; have you gained from this experience what you expected to
gain. Explain how or how not, why or why not.
were the most important things you learned from this experience both (a) about
how the world is or how things work in the world, and (b) about myself?
do you hope to do about what you learned? How might the things you learned make
a difference in your future decisions, studies, attitudes, and/or actions?
Write a draft 150-word
transcript notation for
your project completion form. Be sure it
communicates the main things you did and what you mainly learned. Think of it
as your overall answer to “What?” and “Now what?” using well-chosen words
formed into well written sentences.
Before handing in your journal, mark with
a sticky note the ________ entries you most
want me to read.