The prompts for you to consider in your reading journal for each class session will be listed below. The questions are intended to be open-ended, so please feel free to answer in whatever way you see fit.
Each entry should be approximately 50 words or more.
Unit 1: Autobiographies as Historical Sources
|Mon., Jan. 25||Course Introduction||No entry|
|Weds., Jan. 27||How do historians work?||In the episode, each historian offers his or her explanation for how and why they study the past. Which of these explanations did you find most intriguing, and why?|
|Mon., Feb. 1||What is an autobiography?||According to Bjorklund, in what ways do autobiographers craft their narratives to respond to their audience?|
|Weds., Feb. 3||Telling the Story of One’s Life||Based on your prior knowledge and on reading Samson Occom’s account, what do you think are the most important elements that make a piece of writing an “autobiography?”|
|Mon., Feb. 8||Terms for Life Stories||Select two of the “tools” that Smith and Watson describe for reading autobiographies. How do you think you can use them in class as we read additional autobiographies?|
|Weds., Feb. 10||Terms for Life Stories||Select two of the “tools” that Smith and Watson describe for reading autobiographies. How do you think you can use them in class as we read additional autobiographies?|
|Mon., Feb. 15||No class meeting||Presidents’ Day|
|Weds., Feb. 17||Exposing Slavery through Autobiography||Why do you think Bibb chose to describe these particular events from his time as an enslaved person in the way that he did?|
|Mon., Feb. 22||Honors Project: Reading an Autobiography||Briefly discuss your interests for the project: do you have a particular person in mind? A time period or place that most excites you?|
|Weds., Feb. 24||Experiences of War||What most surprised you about Fazio’s account of traveling to Iraq?|
|Mon., Mar. 1||Author Visit: Teresa Fazio||Share the question you would like to ask Dr. Fazio.|