Reflective Writing and Walking the Path of Henry David Thoreau (HONR.3300-302)

How to Keep a Journal

The Journal

You are expected to maintain a journal throughout the course: this will include five entries a week of at least a page (including five botanical samples with accompanying written entries – over the course of the semester) and a minimum of two maps. Journals will be collected for review three times during the semester.

NOTE: In many ways, the journal is the heart of your reflective writing practice for the semester.  You should take your journal with you everywhere and fill it with things from your day and night.  What sorts of things?  You can find suggestions for journal topics in the “Resources” folder on the course Blackboard site, but here are a few things that come to mind:

•Daily writing/drawing
•Observations about the world around you
•Short descriptions of place
•Short descriptions of moments experienced
•Things you find (tape or glue them right into the notebook)
•Descriptions of objects you come upon
•Ticket stubs
•Things people say
•Memories that come bubbling up into your mind
•Things you wish you could say out loud


Journal Writing: Further Exploration