Journal Entries are short (1 paragraph), reflective writing activities designed to get you thinking about topics discussed in class and to help further conversations about history. Your journal is your place to write down what YOU think about the topic. Journals are also the place to tackle questions you will find on a test. Be prepared to share!

* Students are responsible for all entries, even when absent.
* If the question is difficult for you to answer at the time assigned, do your best, take a guess, and then go back and add to it after class discussion or research. Make a list of questions if you have nothing to say on the topic because you don't know anything about it.
* Journal entries must be kept together. DO NOT MIX UP WITH NOTES OR OTHER CLASSES!
Your journal can be:
1) in a notebook divided from other sections
2) a separate journal or spiral book
You must be able to turn in your journal entries.
* Fill up your pages. You can have several entries per page.
* Start each journal entry with a complete sentence that lets the reader know what the questions is.

Labeling your Entries:
Each journal entry will be numbered and have the date (month, day, year) written above the entry.
#1 September 7, 2013
The reluctance of the Obama administration to call in air strikes on Syria
without a congressional vote will be viewed as a sign of American foreign policy weakness across the globe.


#1 December 9, 2014
In your opinion, what does it mean to be an American? Consider the ideals of the country, the perceptions of people from other countries and your own ideas and beliefs.

#2 December 12
What does communism seem to offer that some groups of people historically might find appealing? What kinds of people might find communism appealing?

#3 January 5, 2015
Should the U.S. use it's military in world affairs?  Why or why not?

#4 January 13, 2015
How/why is the U.S. repuation/credibility at stake in Vietnam? (What does the U.S. do that makes it look bad?) List 2 reasons with explanation.

#5 January 27, 2015
How could a loss in Vietnam hurt the United States?  List and explain 3 ways.

History is considered an imperfect science. What about the construction of history makes it flawed or subject to scrutiny?