Norse Myths Reading Journal Ch. 7-12

A reading journal with 300 words per entry for chapters 7-12 of Norse Myths by Neil Gaiman. Link to the audiobook-

Reading Journal Assignment

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(~300 words).

Respond to what you read—avoid summary: react, question, record emotional responses, record your own thinking about how you connect to the ideas in the writing. I want to know what you think of the chapter (or particular myth) and/or what may be confusing or unclear to you.

  1. Post the entry to the discussion board
  2. If you’ve typed it, copy and paste it into the submission field


This is an ongoing assignment, so it will be graded, then updated periodically.

Sample Entry Written as “Freewriting”

February 10, “Title of the Chapter” (Name of Book) This chapter’s thesis seems to be that food is a crucial part of every culture’s character—As evidence, the author gives examples of our American food culture by examining the fast food industry, particularly McDonald’s and Taco Bell—From that big picture perspective, he then moves on to the more intimate family food traditions and character—he divides family traditions according to region: southern cooking; west/southwest cooking; eastern shore cooking and midwest cooking—for each region he identifies the food culture: Southern cooking includes fried chicken and biscuits, greens, sweet potato pie; West/Southwest foods include tacos, enchiladas, burritos, flan; Eastern shore foods are dominated by seafood, especially shellfish and particularly lobster; Midwest foods include chilies, meatloaf, casseroles and stews. His audience seems to be Americans—I can relate to this reading because I am from the midwest and I grew up loving all kinds of stews and casseroles, but my family’s favorite weeknight dinner was by far meatloaf with mac and cheese—classic comfort food. And now that I’m grown up and have my own family, our family meals are very special, and we often get together with extended family members and food is the center of the occasion—My own family loves our homemade pizza; our chicken nuggets; our roast lamb and my chocolate beet cake—oh and my potato salad, also—everyone always asks me to bring it to family gatherings. This reading raises lots of interesting questions about food and what it means to a family and to a culture beyond the practical necessity of eating on a daily basis—for example, do we often use food to

alter our mood and is that a good thing? or how do our family food traditions reflect our emotional needs?

Sample Entry Written as “Reading log”

“Title of the Chapter” (Book Name)

“Quotation from the text” (5

[remember to use page numbers with

direct quotes in MLA style]) [Your response to the quote—what it means to you, why you like it, how it puzzles you, makes you feel—anything about the quotation that made you include it here.]

“Another quotation from the

text” (7) [Your response to that quote…]

“Still another quotation…” (7) [More of your response to this particular quotation.]

“Yes, you guessed it….” (9) [I think you have the idea by now, don’t you?]

Question? [Response to the question, after some research or rereading]

Here are some questions to answer when writing RJ entries (this works for poems and drama as well as stories or myths)—these are suggestions:

  1. What is the thesis of this chapter? Why were these particular stories bundled together?
  2. What evidence is used to illustrate and support that thesis?
  3. Who seems to be the target audience? (who does the writer [or storyteller] have in mind as a reader?)
  4. In what ways can you relate to this reading?
  5. What questions does the reading raise?
  6. What struck you most about the reading?