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Unformatted text preview: Botany of Desire Journal Mosaic 952-009 Spring 2011 Dr. Rebekah Zhuraw Folio 1 The Botany of Desire is a suave text that feels very accessible and yet involves complex concepts and vocabulary. As you read this text you are to keep a journal of one thing and one thing only: new or unfamiliar words and ideas. Vocab is to be looked up and definitions cited (i.e. where you got them from). Unfamiliar/new ideas are to be probed. How so? By posing questions, making connections (with anything interior or exterior to the text that makes sense for you to do so), checking in with personal experience, expressing confusion, and so forth. These are the rules of the game: Write your initial notes as you read or immediately thereafter. Next look up the terminology and write initial comments. Finally, get away from it for a few hours or days, then read back through your notes--perhaps one last time when you have finished the text--to write comments on your comments as seems fitting. You might indicate these rounds of inquiry typographically, for example with initial comments in italics and final comments in bold or something like that. Not all entries need to have all three, nor do subsequent readings have to be indicated, but a nuanced commentary must arise somewhere. The purpose of this assignment is to make you aware of what you don't know as you are reading and the process of accumulating knowledge. (Perhaps a question you raise early in the reading will be answered later on--ah ha!) You are probably already quite adept at locating and summarizing key points and selecting quotes for essays. However, this is another key aspect of annotating a text that is the mark of a good (honest) reader. How long your final product is will depend on the reader. There should be at least one full page of notes. Do not kill yourself or me by writing a tome. ...
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