When you sit down to talk to me individually, below are the questions I might ask you. Our conversation will count as a major grade and I will assess you based on how faithfully you have kept a notebook this 6 weeks, your preparedness, and your willingness to show me your notebook as evidence for your answers. Feel free to type or handwrite your responses to these questions.
1. What are the trends/patterns in HOW you write in your notebook? Think about messiness/neatness. Do you doodle or draw? When/where do you write outside of class? Do you need silence or like to listen to music?
2. What are the trends/themes in WHAT you write in your notebook? Is it a journal of daily events or something else? Do you write about the same frustration/fear/person/situation a lot? If so, how does writing about it affect/help you?
3. What strategies from the first 6 weeks have you adopted into your regular practice of keeping a notebook?
4. If your notebook said something to you (as a friend might), what would it say? Why do you think?
5. How committed were you to your notebook practice during this cycle? Please explain.
6. What are you learning about yourself as a writer, thinker, and person through keeping a notebook? (Note: This should not be a quality judgment like “I am good at..” or “I am bad at..”)
7. How many entries have you written since Friday January 6? (does not include class notes or prompted writing)