Reading journal  

Read ​ Parallel Myths, ​ Chapter 1, “An Introduction,” pp. 1 to 23,
and Chapter 12, “Views of Myth and Meaning,” pp. 255 to 266
Note:  Journals entries will not be graded on grammar; they will be graded simply
on completeness, display of thinking process, and effort.
Your journal will consist of three steps:
Step One–Summarizing (What?)
First, summarize what you have read (what?).  Describe the important concepts of
the section you are summarizing.  Be sure to use direct quotations and paraphrases
to construct a detailed summary of the passage—the more specific the better.  You
are writing only for yourself here, so do not worry about grammatical errors, but be
sure to include page numbers for exact quotations.  Just be sure the summary is
comprehensive and as close as possible to the original meaning.
Step Two–Responding (So What?)
Immediately following the summary, write your reaction to what you have just read
(so what?).  At this point, you want to explore your reaction to the text and connect
the new information to your existing web of knowledge.
Step Three–Analyzing
Respond ​ in detail​ to the following prompts:
1. After reading the multiple definitions of “myth” in your course text, articulate
your own original definition of “myth” in one to three sentences.
2. Remember at least three myths that you were told as a child. For each of the
three myths, complete the following:
● Write out a summary of each myth.
● Does the myth explain a cause and effect relationship, lay out a
familiar natural or social environment to make the world more
predictable, legitimize or call into question social functions or
hierarchies, or provide some measure of consolation for the tragedies of
life? How does it do that?
● What meaning has the myth contributed to your culture?
● Does the myth still have resonance today? How?

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