Journal and resoponse


  • Read the “One Critical Bitch” blogpost on Visual Literacy and Active Movie Watching (link below)
  • Watch Invasion of the Body Snatchers (DVD)
    • This is the film version of the Jack Finney novel by the same title. While it may seem outdated and even cheesy by today’s horror/thriller movie standards, watching it with a critical eye for its message and how the message is conveyed can make this movie downright creepy and disturbing. Here is where you’re going to put your visual literacy and active viewing skills to the test. Consider what you have read in the “One Critical Bitch” blog. NOTE: Be sure to read over the RJ6 prompt BEFORE you watch the movie. The prompt will give you specific instructions for what you need to do while you watch the movie.
  • Watch video lecture: TEDTalk by Karen Thompson Walker “What Fear Can Teach Us” (embedded below)
    • This TEDTalk delivered by novelist Karen Thompson Walker explores fear and how story and fear are deeply connected in a way that we never imagined possible. The themes in this talk will connect deeply to the other pieces you will watch and listen to during this and upcoming modules.
  • Complete Response Journal #6 (RJ6)
    • This response journal is a formal, essay-style written response to this week’s reading. A prompt is provided. Read the prompt BEFORE starting the movie.
  • Complete all parts of What Fear Can Teach Us Wrap-up and Reflection Writing Circle
    • This discussion board prompt is broken into multiple parts with different due dates.
    • The first part is the individual response. The guidelines for this response are detailed in the prompt. Please note the mid-week due date for this portion of the assignment.
    • The second part is the sharing circle. This portion will continue throughout the week. Again, detailed guidelines are available in the prompt. Please ask immediately if you have questions as this is group work and others in the class are counting on the full participation of their peers within the groups.

Follow the active watching guidelines provided in the “One Critical Bitch” blog post. Use a notebook and track your responses. In the blog post, there is a list of “8 Ways to Actively Watch a Film.” Use the first six (6) in your written observations. Take specific notes on each. Several of these will require you to watch the film or at least several scenes more than once.

In your written response, share how each of the six (6) active watching techniques has changed the way you engage in visual literacy. Use specific reference to your observations of the assigned film. Complete your response by making a list of visual clues (dialogue, scenes, characters, plot points, setting, etc.) that gives some insight into how the film deals with the concept of fear and suspicion.

Guidelines for Response Journals:

  • Will be typed in a Word document
  • Will be 500 words minimum in length (add word count at end of journal)
  • Will cite the relevant text using proper documentation (include Works Cited)
  • Will have a title along with the journal number
  • Will use MLA format; one-inch margins, 12-point font, double spaced…


Writing Circle Guidelines and Instructions

Individual Response

Complete your Individual Response using the prompt given below. Your IR should be written in a separate document then cut/pasted into a new thread on the discussion board. Be sure your IR follows these guidelines:

  • Will focus on the specific prompt provided below
  • Will be a minimum of 200 words in length to be considered “acceptable”
  • “Superior/Exceptional” responses will go above and beyond in detail, clarity, complexity, and thoughtfulness
  • Will directly reference the reading(s)/lecture(s) (use at least one citation from each source)
  • Will include proper MLA citation and Works Cited listing at the end
  • Will be posted by Friday at 11:59 p.m. by starting a new thread on discussion board

Sharing Circle

After the due date/time for the individual response, return to the discussion board to begin the Sharing Circle. You’ll begin this by taking the time to carefully read and consider each of your peers’ Individual Responses. The specific questions and guidelines for participating in the SC are listed below. The SC is an on-going discussion that will continue from Friday night to Sunday night when the week is over. All SC posts must follow these guidelines:

  • Create one SC post for each peer in your group
  • Will focus on the specific questions provided
  • Will be about 100 words in length
  • Will be a response that is thoughtful, respectful, but challenging
  • Upload the reaction posts by replying to each peer’s Individual Response

As a classroom courtesy and to work toward earning full credit for the Writing Circle, take some time at the very end of the week to give short replies of acknowledgement and thanks to your peers who have posted to your individual response and joined you in conversation.

Module 8 Writing Circle Prompt

Individual Response

After watching the assigned video lecture, consider and write about the following:

In her TEDTalk, Karen Thompson Walker describes how the “lurid” and “vivid” fears—the fears “easiest for our imaginations to picture”—is what led the survivors of the Essex to choose the fate of starvation over cannibals.

  • In our own society, what to you feel are three (3) of our most lurid and vivid fears? What institutions or social mechanisms are responsible for instigating and propagating those fears?
  • How might a collective effort to “read our fears” and respond to them in a more positive way change those problems and challenges we face today?

Sharing Circle

  • Read the Individual Responses of those in your peer group.
  • Reading others’ writing often leads us to ask questions. What point does your peer make that raises a question for you? Address that question with your peer. As part of your conversation, discuss possible answers to the question that may lead to a better understanding of the topic of the assigned material.
  • Discuss briefly in your conversation one idea in your individual response that differs from the ideas of your peer.