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    Journal #1 

    What is the most important subject in high school, and why? 

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    Journal #2 

    How would you describe, in a paragraph, your current English skills? 

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    Journal #3

    Is it true that we learn more from our own experience than from advice? Why or why not?

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    Journal #4

    What is your plan for a successful career, and what are you doing now to prepare for it?

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    Journal #5

    Why is an education so important to today’s job market? 

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    Journal #6 

    Why is understanding more important than memorization in school? 

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    Journal #7

    What is the most important lesson you've learned on your own? 

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    Journal #8

    What is ignorance, and what is the cure for it? 

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    Journal #9 

    Which language skills do you think are more important to your future? 

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    Journal #10 

    What are mnemonics, and how do they work? 

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    Journal #11 

    What are synonyms and antonyms, and why are they important to writers? 

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    Journal #12

    What is an oxymoron? Give an example.

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    Journal #13 

    Why are reading, writing, speaking, and listening considered to be skills? 

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    Journal #14 

    Should cursive writing still be taught in school? Why or why not?

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    Journal #15 

    What's the difference between internal and external conflict? 

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    Journal #16 

    What are commas used for? 

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    Journal #17 

    What is suspense, and why is it important to a story? 

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    Journal #18 

    What does cause and effect mean? Give an example. 

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    Journal #19 

    What is irony? Give an example of something ironic. 

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    Journal #20 

    What could happen if aliens invaded Earth? 

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    Journal #21 

    What is cryptography? How is writing in English similar? 

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    Journal #22
    What causes war? What would it take to end all wars? 

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    Journal #23 

    What does “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth” mean? 

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    Journal #24 

    Why is our dependence on oil a problem? What are the alternatives to fossil fuels? 

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    Journal #25 

    What things can be done to ease world hunger? 

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    Journal #26 

    What is a pun? Why are they humorous? 

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    Journal #27 

    What is chaos? Give an example of chaos. 

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    Journal #28 

    What is an inference? What happens when an inference is incorrect? 

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    Journal #29 

    What is symbolism? Give an example. 

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    Journal #30 

    What is an allegory? Why do writers use allegory? 

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    Journal #31 

    What is a conclusion? Give an example of a conclusion you've made. 

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    Journal #32 

    Why is there so much literature and poetry about the subject of death? 

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    Journal #33

    What is an allusion? Give an example. 

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    Journal #34 

    What is personification? Give an example. 

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    Journal #35 

    What is hyperbole? Give an example. 

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    Journal #36 

    What is sarcasm? Give an example. 

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    Journal #37 

    What details need to be included in the setting of a story? 

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    Journal #38 

    What motives or psychologies drive characters to murder? 

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    Journal #39 

    What do you think is the main difference between sanity and insanity? 

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    Journal #40 

    Why do so many readers enjoy reading horror stories?

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    Journal #41 

    Why do we still read the stories and poetry of Edgar Allan Poe today? 

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    Journal #42 

    What are the differences between poetry and prose?

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    Journal #43 

    What is alliteration? Give an example. 

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    Journal #44 

    When would your grammar and vocabulary be important? Give an example.

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    Journal #45 

    Why is punctuation so important? Give an example. 

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    Journal #46 

    Why do writers use metaphor? Give an example.  

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    Journal #47 

    Is spelling really that important? Give an example.

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    Journal #48 

    Why is it important for writers to be good readers?

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    Journal #49 

    What skills are necessary for a reader to “become” a character in a story? 

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    Journal #50  

    How is it possible for a poem to say more than what is printed on the page? 

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    Journal #51 

    Is it necessary to understand every word in a poem? Why or why not? 

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    Journal #52

    Why should poems be read more than once? 

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    Journal #53

    What is the difference between someone who appreciates poetry and someone who doesn’t? 

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    Journal #54 

    How is poetry therapeutic to the poet? To the reader? 

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    Journal #55 

    How are poetry and other arts alike? 

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    Journal #56 

    Why is it important to make a personal connection with a poem? 

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    Journal #57 

    What do you need to be a good reader of poetry? 

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    Journal #58 

    Why should all students have a balanced education in both the arts and sciences? 

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    Journal #59 

    What do song lyrics and poetry have in common?

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    Journal #60 

    What is concrete poetry, and how is it different from other forms? 

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    Journal #61 

    Why is the poet’s choice of words important? 

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    Journal #62 

    What is revision, and why is it important? 

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    Journal #63 

    What is a Villanelle? How is it different from other poetry? 

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    Journal #64 

    What is a Sonnet? How is it different from other poetry?

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    Journal #65 

    What is a Lyric poem? How is it different from other poetry? 

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    Journal #66 

    What is a Narrative poem? How is it different from other poetry?

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    Journal #67 

    What is a Tanka poem? How is it different from other poetry? 

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    Journal #68 

    How is poetry important to your future? Give an example. 

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    Journal #69 

    What is the difference between the main idea and a summary?

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    Journal #70 

    How do you determine the theme of a poem or story? 

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    Journal #71 

    Explain narrator's point of view; give examples. 

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    Journal #72 

    What is foreshadowing? Give an example. 

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    Journal #73 

    How do you tell the difference between a fact and an opinion? 

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    Journal #74 

    What is the difference between imagery and visualization? 

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    Journal #75 

    What is the difference between tone and mood? 

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    Journal #76 

    What is the difference between rhythm and meter?

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    Journal #77 

    What is Man vs. Man? Give an example. 

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    Journal #78 

    What is Man vs. Fate?

    Give an example. 

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    Journal #79 

    What is Man vs. Machine? Give an example. 

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    Journal #80 

    What is Man vs. Nature? Give an example.

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    Journal #81 

    What is Man vs. Self? Give an example. 

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    Journal #82  

    What is meant by the term “life-long learning”?

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    Journal #83 

    What English skills have you learned that you will continue to use, both in and out of school? 

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    Journal #84 

    What improvements can you suggest for this course? Give specific examples. 

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    Journal #85 

    What advice would you give to a student beginning this class? 

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    Journal #86

    What has been your greatest accomplishment this semester?

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    Journal #87

    Why is your education in English so important to your future? 

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    Journal #88

    What do you plan to do next semester to improve yourself and prepare for your future?

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    Journal #89

    What areas of English are you most interested in learning more about on your own?

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    Journal #90

    How would you describe, in a paragraph, your current English skills?

     

    Hope you have an exciting, but restful, summer!

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